The now-popular Nigerian sound, Afrobeats enjoyed global dominance and commercial success in 2022 with songs like ‘Last Last’, ‘Buga’, and ‘Peru’ prevailing on club-goers, foreigners, politicians and anyone that possesses the ability to oscillate.
Many other songs helped in pushing the genre and other Nigerian sounds to the world.
This 2022 top 10 is based on songs that dominated radio, television, DSPs, and the international stages.
The top 10 hottest songs of 2022 were also selected with the use of the weekly TCL radio picks – which were published 46 times out of the 52 weeks of the year — and the diligent analysis of numbers by Turn Table, the Nigeria music chart publication.
As compiled by TheCable, here are the top 10 songs of the year:
On December 28, Rollingstone named ‘Last Last’ as the biggest Afrobeats record of 2022. Prior to this, the song was nominated for the 2022 Grammy’s Best Global Music Performance.
The less than three-minute song debuted on TCL radio picks on May 21 and since then featured on the chart 11 more times.
A few weeks ago, ‘Last Last’ entered its 30th week on the official singles chart in the United Kingdom.
The song by Burna Boy, the Grammy-award winner, secured 231 million in TV reach, 44.3 million streams, and 613 million radio impressions.
In terms of global impact, the song gives the genre and the country a cemented reputation that may outlast the generation that first listens to it.
The three-minute song became the anthem of almost every political campaign. Those who haven’t seen Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the APC, dance should appreciate Kizz Daniel and Tekno for the sound, which inspired that reality.
The song was featured 10 times on TheCable Lifestyle weekly radio picks. It finished as the no. 1 song on streaming with 57.9 million streams and had 909 million radio impressions and 185 million TV impressions.
‘Peace Be Unto You’
The hit track appeared 13 times on TCL radio picks but topped the chart only on the day it debuted. ‘Peace Be Unto You’ is a lead single from Asake’s debut album titled ‘Mr Money With The Vibe’.
‘PBUY’ has garnered over 46.2 million streams, 145 million in TV impressions and 643 million radio listens.
The remix of ‘Sungba’ was put out a month after the release of the four-tracked extended play (EP) titled ‘Ololade’.
The song debuted on TCL radio picks on April 2 and all in all, featured on the chart 11 times while topping twice.
Turn Table called it Asake’s “biggest song of the year” because it accumulated 56.4 million streams, 136 million TV impressions, and 424 million radio receptions.
Featuring Olamide, ‘Omo Ope’ surfaced 11 times on the TCL charts and remained in the top 5 of the most charted songs of the year.
The song is one of the four tracks — including ‘Trabaye’, ‘Sungba’, and ‘Baba God’ — in Asake’s EP titled ‘Ololade’.
A song with the combined effort of the Mavin Records all-stars was never to miss commercial success.
The mid-tempo single, which debuted on May 7 on TCL radio picks, enjoys the collaborative adeptness of Crayon, Starr, Ladipoe, Magixx, and Boy Spyce.
It also stayed on the chart for 8 non-consecutive weeks and raked in 49.3 million streams, 791 million radio impressions and 42.4 million TV receptions.
Released in July, Fireboy featured Asake in ‘Bandana’ and it subsequently made it on the TCL chart. It also topped the chart for two consecutive weeks and three in total.
The song, which is the second track off ‘Playboy’, the singer’s latest studio album, stayed on the chart for 7 weeks in all.
The song accumulated 52.2 million streams, 917 million radio listens, and 131 million TV impressions.
‘Calm Down’ is Rema’s first solo release of the year. The singer put out the track a month before the release of ‘Rave and Roses’, his debut album, which eventually came through on March 25.
It was featured 7 times on TCL radio picks, topped the chart twice and amassed 1.25 billion radio impressions, 218 million TV reception and 28.4 million streams.
Fireboy had put out the original version of the hit single back in July. The single attracted global attention and featuring Ed Sheeran, the Grammy award winner, took the reception to another level of global acceptance.
According to Turn Table, it raked in 1.13 billion radio listens, 215 million TV reception and 23.8 million streams.
‘Baddest Boy remix’
The two-minute song by Skibii featuring Davido outperformed the success of the solo single. It featured 7 times on the TCL radio picks and accrued 759 million radio impressions, 147 million TV reception and 37.8 million streams.