• Top Songs on Radio in 2017

Written by: Ayomide , Oriowo

The Nigerian music scene in 2017 was different from what it was today; Burna Boy’s last project was the 2016 EP, Redemption; Mr. Eazi had just won Headies award for Next Rated the previous year; and the absent of streaming platforms meant radio, TV and music blogs purely determined what’s a hit.

Evidently, the Nigerian music listener can love and admire their favorite artistes without exactly knowing how well they performed – this is due to the absence of a charting system for so long.

While questions like “who’s No. 1 this week” or “who outsold who this week” can be considered mini-battles, when a listener gets an answer to these questions, the feeling is similar to that of seeing your favorite team snatching a last-minute victory in a football match.

Also, the measure of commercial success in Nigerian music is frequently determined by success on Billboard World Chart – either Albums Chart or Digital Song Sales Chart, which is a mismatch considering Billboard only measures music consumption in the United States. Lately, commercial success by Nigerian artistes has been associated with chart positions on Apple Music Albums and Songs daily chart – a platform that represents less than 0.0005% of the Nigerian population.

Daddy Yo

Now, we here at TurnTable Charts are committed to creating a credible charting system that truly captures the Nigerian music scene and objectively document the Nigerian story through weekly charts.

Part of that includes providing historical data needed for objective inference and assessment, a way to examine years past and appreciate the growth of Nigerian music. So we decided to find out the top songs on radio in the past years.

The good people of Radiomonitor were kind enough to provide us with the needed data that go as far back as 2017. The truth is 2017 seems like a lifetime ago especially after the turbulent year we’ve had. The realities of 2020 means having to do a lot of reminiscing and looking to back when things were pretty normal.

The prevalence of music blog as at 2017 means YouTube NG, iTunes, TV and radio are the trackable metric of music consumption – with radio being the most dominant (radio remains the most dominant and penetrative means of music consumption in Nigeria despite the rise of streaming).

As such, we decided to compile a list of top songs on radio in 2017. Consider this a labor of love from TurnTable Charts and its staff to contribute our part to the teething problem of absent of records and lack of documentation in Nigerian music.

As expected, Davido and Wizkid are the leaders on the list in terms of most entries – both artistes having two songs on the list; Dj Khaled joins them with two entries of his own while Justin Bieber is featured on two of the biggest hits worldwide in 2017, both songs made the list.

Yolo Yolo

Interestingly, there are only two female Nigerian artistes on the list, Seyi Shay with “Yolo Yolo” and Simi with “Joromi.” Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” and Rihanna on Dj Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” make up the entire female presence on the list.

Summer 2017 was all about the monster reggaeton hit, “Despacito” but it only appears at No. 20 with Nigerian airwaves preferring another Justin Bieber-feature in Dj Khaled’s “I’m the One” and Ed Sheeran’s ubiquitous “Shape of You.”


Perhaps the most surprising appearance on the list would be Calvin Harris’ “Slide” featuring Migos and Frank Ocean at No. 18 – ahead of the aforementioned “Despacito.”
Please note that radio stations tracked by Radiomonitor in 2017 is about three times lesser than the amount tracked today.

  1. “If,” Davido
  2. “Mad Over You,” Runtown
  3. “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran
  4. “Unforgettable,” French Montana featuring Swae Lee
  5. “Juice,” Ycee featuring Maleek Berry
  6. “Wild Thoughts,” Dj Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
  7. “Yeba,” Kizz Daniel
  8. “I’m The One,” Dj Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo & Chance the Rapper
  9. “Gaga Shuffle,” 2Baba
  10. “Leg Over,” Mr. Eazi
  11. “Daddy Yo,” Wizkid
  12. “Bodak Yellow,” Cardi B
  13. “Rara,” Tekno
  14. “Fall,” Davido
  15. “Joromi,” Simi
  16. ”Particula,” Major Lazer & Dj Maphorisa featuring Ice Prince, Nasty C & Jidenna
  17. “Come Closer,” Wizkid featuring Drake
  18. “Slide,” Calvin Harris featuring Migos & Frank Ocean
  19. “Yolo Yolo,” Seyi Shay
  20. “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

You can listen to all the top 40 songs of 2017 on a playlist curated by WeTalkSound here.

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