As we approach the end of the year, it’s time for a musical roundup, and in focus is the vibrant world of Afrobeats. This genre, rooted in Nigeria and now embraced worldwide, continues evolving and captivating audiences. Since the dawn of 2023, we’ve witnessed a flurry of Afrobeats releases, and today, we’ll delve into the top 10 tracks that have left their mark.
Of course, what qualifies as the “best” is subjective, but we’re confident these tracks will resonate with you. So, join us as we present the Best 10 Afrobeats Songs of 2023, listed in no particular order:
1. Asake and Olamide – “Amapiano”
Though neither of these artists is known for amapiano, nor are they South African, where the genre originated, they’ve seamlessly woven afrobeat into it, creating a musical fusion likely to be remembered for years to come.
2. Mohad – “Ask About Me”
This song had been out for a while, but it gained unprecedented attention following the untimely death of the artist, Mohbad. The public outcry for a thorough investigation into his passing elevated this track as a poignant reminder of his talent.
3. Rema – “Charm”
Rema, under the mentorship of Don Jazzy, has rapidly become a force in Nigerian music. His track “Charm” stands out as a top Afrobeats release this year, so hit play and experience its allure.
4. Omah Lay – “Reason”
Omah Lay invites you to “Reason” with him in this memorable Afrobeat track. While it may not be his absolute best, it undeniably resonates with listeners, making it one of the standout tunes of the year.
5. Stefflon Don and BNXN – “What’s Poppin”
This track guarantees to keep the party alive and vibrant. With this music pulsating through the speakers, you won’t have to wonder where the party is—it’s right there with you, in you.
6. Harmonize – “Single Again”
Love and heartbreak are recurring themes in music, and Tanzanian artist Harmonize explores these emotions in a relatable and memorable way. This track deserves a spot on your playlist.
7. Davido – “Unavailable” (feat. Musa Keys)
Nigerian afrobeat sensation Davido delivers with “Unavailable.” Its charm even sparked a popular challenge, with voices from all corners jumping on the bandwagon.
8. Asake – “Sunshine”
Nigerian singer Asake may be a recent addition to the scene, but he’s proving himself as a rising star. “Sunshine” is a shining example of his talent, and it’s worth a listen.
9. Burna Boy – “I Told Them” (feat. Giza & Seyi Vibes)
From Burna Boy’s “I Told Them” album, “Giza” stirred quite the controversy with its comments about afrobeats. While opinions may differ, the track undeniably carries artistic weight and memorable beats.
10. Crayon & Ayra Starr – “Ngozi”
Found in Crayon’s “Trench to Triumph” album, “Ngozi” is a testament to the transformative power of talent and determination. Give it a listen and find yourself in a blessed space, vibing to the music.
These tracks represent the cream of Afrobeats in 2023, each offering a unique musical experience. Enjoy the rhythm, dance, and let the music carry you through the year.