1. Davido – Skelewu
Undeniable hit single!!! Skelewu took over every dance floor where African music was played weeks after it was released. Despite the controversy surrounding the videos shot by Davido for Skelewu, the fans still crowned it the#1 song released in Nigeria in 2013.
2. Olamide – Durosoke
Olamide dominated 2013 with many hot songs, but Durosoke was the most addictive single he dropped. After he released the Star branded video in July 2013 it’s popularity soared.
3. Wizkid ft. Femi Kuti – Jaiye Jaiye
Wizkid released the first official single off his sophomore album featuring music legend Femi Kuti and it took off. The single had a mature tone to it but still contained catchy melodies and the perfect hook which appealed to his core fans.
4. Kcee – Limpopo
Kcee, who has been in the music scene as a solo artist for a little over 2 years, caught a massive break in 2013 with an overwhelming hit song titled Limpopo. If you claimed to listen to Nigerian music in 2013, the test question would be to ask you to sing and show us the Limpopo dance.
5. Starboy ft. Wizkid & LAX – CARO
Wizkid put his Starboy team together and released their first single Caro which fired off faster than a Ferrari.
6. Kcee – PULLOVER ft. Wizkid
A party is not complete until Pullover is played at least twice. KCEE followed up that national hit Limpopo with Pullover featuring Wizkid.
7. Davido – Gobe
Davido dropped Gobe as his first single of 2013 and it definitely dominated airwaves, dance floors and our minds anytime we thought about music in the 1st half of 2013.
8. P-Square – Personally
The Kings of African music, P Square delivered Personally and the hook has been on everyone’s lips ever since.
9. Sean Tizzle – Sho Lee
Definitely a surprise hit single from new comer Sean Tizzle produced by extra talented producer D-Tunes. Sho Lee dominated the airwaves once the visuals dropped.
10. Flavour – Ada Ada
Ada Ada was one of the tracks on Flavour N’abania’s third album which dropped in 2012, but the song blew up in 2013 after he released it as an official single and a video was released for it. Solid track that got several African music listeners addicted to Flavour even more. Strong song that drew most African music lovers to the Highlife master of our time, Flavour N’abania
11. Maleek Berry – The Matter Ft Wizkid
The Matter, Maleek Berry’s breakthrough single featuring Wizkid’s vocals was one of those tracks that got released online and was embraced by the general public at large.
12. Phyno ft. Olamide – GhostMode
Phyno and Olamide, the top Indigenous rappers in the Nigerian music space hopped on a song together in 2013. Everyone and their siblings expected it to be a massive song and as you know today, Ghost Mode definitely lived up to expectations.
13. Tiwa Savage – Eminado Ft. Don Jazzy
Eminado which was mis-interpreted to mean something dirty in the Yoruba language when first heard by many, was one of the stand out songs when Tiwa released her debut album, Once Upon a Time.
14. Burna Boy – Run My Race
Burna’s Run My Race sound was dominantly influenced by the Afro Beat sound which Fela Kuti created. The video which was shot at the African Shrine dropped and the song went on to do great things
15. Dr SID ft. Don Jazzy – SURULERE
Dr SID and Don Jazzy shut the last quarter of 2013 down with Surulere; an addictive song from start to finish. Many who doubted SID or Don Jazzy’s ability to make exceptionally good music again changed their mind after Surulere was released.
16. Iyanya – Sexy Mama ft. Wizkid
17. Wande Coal – The Kick
While still committed to Mavin, Wande Coal dropped The Kick which took off after the visuals dropped in 2013.
18. Wande Coal – Rotate
Another viral hit song that got Wande Coal on people’s lips in 2013. Definitely a party starter that dragged folks to dance in 2013.
19. Banky W – Yes/No
R&B sells in Nigeria and Banky W heads this genre in 2013. Banky has found a way through his skills and brand to keep songs like Yes/No catchy enough to make the list of 2013 Top 20 songs in Nigera.
20. SARZ ft Wizkid – Samba (Beat of Life)
Beat Of Life is exactly what it is ‘Beat of Life’. Everyone that heard that song put it on repeat.