• Top 20 Songs on TV So Far in 2020

Drake, Simi and Oxlade lead Top Songs on TV in 2020

Nigerian music is diverse in both sound and consumption. From Hip Hop to Afro-rap, Afro-fusion to Afro-pop, Gospel to RnB, Highlife to Fuji; the Nigerian music soundscape is rich and culturally diverse. This is why Hamisu Breaker, a pop artiste that sings in Hausa, could record the highest YouTube views by any artiste in a week in the first-half of 2020 based on views solely from Nigeria. Several milestones and consumption patterns like this go under the radar due to the lack of emphasis on the different ways of music consumption and absence of aggregated data.

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What constitutes popular in Nigeria would be an aggregation of all the factors (modes of consumption of music). Cable TV has become one of the major means of consumption of music with channels like Trace TV, Sound City and more, shaping Nigeria’s pop culture and consumption behavior. With the Nigerian streaming audience in the minority and paid streaming population accounting for less than 1% of the country’s total population, other means of consumption such as TV and radio are even more essential in aggregation and determination of what’s popular as well as the consumption behavior of listeners.

As such, we’ve compiled the top 20 songs so far in 2020. With movements restricted and lockdown mandated, these songs have made the unusual times more bearable, providing the perfect soundtrack to our lives and viewing experience.


Drake’s Tik-Tok inspired "Toosie Slide" reigns supreme on TV in Nigeria, heading the power list of artistes from several countries in Africa and outside the continent. Drake’s second entry on the list is as a featured artiste on Future’s “Life is Good.”

Simi’s “Duduke” is in second place – her song is proving to be arguably the biggest of 2020 and this is just further proof of the popularity and penetration of the song. She is also the only lead female artiste in the top ten – with Nomcebo Zikode and Summer Walker appearing as featured artistes.

Oxlade’s “AWAY” completes the top three on the list. The song which was recently announced to have hit 12.8 million streams across all platforms have found an even bigger acceptance on TV, catapulting and cementing Oxlade’s status as one of the leading new school artistes in Nigeria.


Popular songs by non-Nigerian artistes have always been a part of Nigerian’s pop culture and this is equally evident on this list. Nine songs by non-Nigerian lead artistes are on the list, including five in the top 10, with the addition of Summer Walker and Ms. Banks on songs by Nigerian artistes further highlighting the diversity of Nigerian music soundscape.

Here are the top twenty songs on TV in the first eight months of 2020

  1. “Toosie Slide,” Drake
  2. “Duduke,” Simi
  3. “Away,” Oxlade
  4. “Intentions,” Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
  5. “The Box,” Roddy Ricch
  6. “D&G,” Davido featuring Summer Walker
  7. “Believe,” Meek Mill featuring Justin Timberlake
  8. “Something Different,” Adekunle Gold
  9. “Jerusalema,” Master KG featuring Nomcebo Zikode
  10. “Suzanna,” Sauti Sol
  11. “Nobody,” Dj Neptune featuring Joeboy & Mr. Eazi
  12. “Bop Daddy,” Falz featuring Ms. Banks
  13. “There They Go,” Nasty C
  14. “Beamer (Bad Boys),” Rema & Rvssian
  15. “Soweto Blues,” Juls featuring Jaz Karis & Busiswa
  16. “Life is Good,” Future featuring Drake
  17. “Do It,” Chloe & Halle
  18. “Vibration,” Fireboy DML
  19. “Wonderful,” Burna Boy
  20. “Ojoro,” Terri

Data is provided by Radiomonitor, official partner of TurnTable Charts, from six music cable channels; Trace Naija, Trace Mziki, Sound City, Hip TV, Urban TV Nigeria and Afro Music.

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