Nigerians love parties! If there was a university offering Partying Sciences as a degree, 99% of the lecturers and faculty would be Nigerians and 100% of the students will also be Nigerians. That is just how much Nigerians love to party. Besides, the massive musical talent the country boasts of, coupled with the harsh economic conditions of the country move people to dance and gyrate, all in a bid to forget all their worries. For this reason, the Party and Event Planning Industry in Nigeria are one of the most lucrative.
Major elements of a top party include: food, drinks and music. Of all three, music is very critical. People love good music, and fortunately, Nigerians are never in short supply of them.
This post discusses the top 20 Nigerian party songs of 2019/2020. This list features the likes of Naira Marley, Zlatan Ibile, Teni the Entertainer, Burna Boy a.k.a. African Giant, Wizkid, Rema and a host of trending music stars. These are the top trending songs at the moment. If you walk into any party in Nigeria or among Nigerians today, you are sure to hear at least ten of these being played. They have the most danceable tunes and provide the most inspiration.
In no particular order, here are the top 20 Nigerian Party Songs:
1. ‘Yeye Boyfriend’ – Zlatan Ibile
This song is both epic and hilarious. In the video, fast-rising star, Zlatan Ibile plays the role of a relationship coach who advises lovers and couples on possible solutions to their relationship problems, based on his experience and values. There is no party that is complete without this song being played. In fact, you don’t need to get to a party before you hear it: just walk along the streets of Lagos or enter a barber’s shop in Ibadan and you’d surely hear it being played.
2. ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy?’ – Naira Marley ft. Zlatan Ibile
Marlians in the house, get in here! The beat of this song is a massive dance inspiration. While the lyrics have been called to question by many, it does nothing to take the shine off the beat and tune. Naira Marley, acclaimed father of all Marlians and Zlatan Ibile (two of a kind) teamed up for this one.
3. ‘Risky’ – Davido ft. Popcaan
Davido’s latest track, Risky was initially released as a forerunner to his latest album titled ‘A Good Time’. Risky has taken the music and media industry by storm, largely due to the nice beats and tune. It features a blend of dancehall reggae and afro-fusion. In the song, Davido featured Jamaican music star Popcaan.
4. ‘Killing Dem’ – Burna Boy ft. Zlatan Ibile
Zlatan is quickly becoming everyone’s favourite. When you have a song by Zlatan and Burna Boy – the self-acclaimed African Giant, you can accurately predict that it will be all shades of madness and inspiration. The beat is highly contagious and fits perfectly with Zlatan’s now-famous Zanku dance.
5. ‘Brown Skin Girl’ – Beyonce Knowles ft. Saint John, Blue Ivy Carter and Wizkid
Wizkid is the first musician of Nigerian origin to feature on a track alongside world heavyweight music superstar, Beyonce Knowles. The sweet vocals that once endeared him to his fans all over the world were felt so strongly in the opening verse, but the most exciting part of the song was the beat. It certainly sounded like afro-fusion, with an American accent. Got it?
6. ‘Zanku’ (Legwork) – Zlatan Ibile
Zlatan has given this generation another dance style to get busy with called Zanku. This song is currently one of the best party songs ever! No matter how much parents complain about the perceived negative influence music stars like Zlatan and Naira Marley are having on the children of this present generation, it appears impossible to effectively stifle the voices and influences of these musicians.
7. ‘Dumebi’ – Rema
Rave of the moment, Rema has been a revelation. He is the brains behind the popular song titled ‘Dumebi’. Dumebi is a love song with an unusual vibe. Expect to hear this song being played at traditional wedding ceremonies, birthday bashes, award ceremonies and even movie premiere events.
8. ‘Totori’ – Olamide Badoo, Wizkid Ayo, ID Cabasa
Ace Nigerian music producer ID Cabasa is the brains behind ‘Totori’. It has a highly-infectious beat that can trigger episodes of vigorous dancing whether you are in the mood or otherwise. If you are an ardent follower of Nigerian music, you can trust what the combination of Olamide Badoo and Wizkid Ayo can produce. Mad stuff!
9. ‘On the Low’ – Burna Boy
The self-acclaimed African Giant is one of the most recurring faces on the music billboard charts in Nigeria and all across Africa. His song, ‘On the Low’ has been a massive hit. According to confirmed reports as of January 18, 2020, the song’s video has been viewed more than 90 million times on YouTube, which is one of the highest views ever recorded by a Nigerian artiste.
10. ‘49-99’ – Tiwa Savage
Once again, Tiwa Savage did not disappoint her fans and music lovers. This energetic song draws so much inspiration from Fela Anikulapo’s 1978 song, ‘Shuffering and Shmiling’ where he used the phrase ‘49 Sitting 99 Standing’. Tiwa Savage draws attention to the plight of many Nigerians suffering from economic hardship and stagnation due to corruption, poverty and a lack of infrastructure. Even though it talks about sad things, its tune is definitely not a sad one.
Other top Nigerian Party Songs include the following: