Top 20: The Best Afrobeats Songs of 2022

2022 was a highly entertaining year for Afrobeats fans; furthermore, these 20 songs are the very best in a well decorated year for the genre.

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From Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ to Kizz Daniel’s ‘Buga (Lo Lo Lo)’ to Black Sherif’s ’45’ these are the best Afrobeats songs of 2022.

20. IDG: Asa and Wizkid

IDG released as part of Asa’s fifth studio album titled ‘V.’ It features rich Carribean instrumental and a feel-good hook that made it one of the most enchanting Afrobeats songs of 2022.

19. Fake Nikes: Blaqbonez, Blxckie, and Cheque

Blaqbonez’ creative prowess peaked on his second studio album ‘Young Preacher,’ and one of the gems on the acclaimed project is ‘Fake Nikes.’ For us, the song’s brash take on inferiority complex in this era of cancel culture made it a standout.

18. Sugarcane (Remix): Camidoh, Mayorkun, Darkoo, and King Promise

‘Sugarcane’ is Ghanaian record producer and singer Camidoh’s biggest single to date. It features a rich ensemble of Ghanaian and Nigerian Afrobeats musicians including the impressive King Promise, and Mayorkun.

17. Knee Down: Falz and Chike

‘Knee Down’ is the fifth track off Falz The Bahd Guy’s 2022 gentleman-themed album ‘B A H D’ and it features talented vocalist Chike.

16. Hard To Find: Chike and Flavour

Eastern Nigerian bros Chike and Flavour linked up on the former’s sophomore album ‘The Brother’s Keeper.’ While keeping their roots palpable throughout the song, they made sure they dropped a classic Afrobeats love song in ‘Hard To Find.’

15. Loyal: Simi and Fave

‘Loyal’ is the fourth track off Simi’s 2022 album ‘To Be Honest.’ With Fave on the song, the track is an embarrassment of riches as far as vocals is concerned.

14. Terminator: Asake

Man of the year Asake dropped the viral ‘Terminator’ as one of the lead singles for his full album debut ‘Mr Money With The Vibes.’ Alongside ‘PBUY,’ ‘Terminator’ became a street anthem.

13. Ku Lo Sa: Oxlade

‘Ku lo Sa’ was Oxlade’s finest delivery of 2022. The song’s success earned him a collaboration with American pop star Camilla Cabello on the remix, becoming one of an outrageous number of such collaborations to take place this year.

12. Calm Down: Rema

‘Calm Down’ was one of the lead singles for Rema’s debut album ‘Rave & Roses.’ The song proved to be the album’s crowned jewel, doing incredible numbers at the streamers and attracting American pop icon Selena Gomaz for a remix.

11. In My Mind: BNXN fka Buju

‘In My Mind’ was the lead single for BNXN fka Buju’s second EP ‘Bad Since 97.’ Apart from a couple of guest appearances on other people’s songs, it’s BNXN’s most acclaimed song of 2022, and he had an incredible year.

10. Bandana: Fireboy DML and Asake

When Fireboy DML and Asake dropped ‘Bandana,’ everybody paused to notice. Until now, it probably comes second only to Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ for Afrobeats songs with massive cultural appeal; thanks to the song’s YBNL ensemble.

9. Soweto: Victony and Tempoe

Victony marked his return to making music, with mini album ‘Outlaw.’ On the EP, he combined with frequent collaborator and one of Afrobeats wickedest producers Tempoe to drop the irresistible ‘Soweto.’

8. 5 Star: Adekunle Gold

Adekunle Gold saved the best for the last with ‘5 Star.’ The song could have easily been one of the headline songs on his fourth studio album ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ but he released it after the album had dropped instead, and to envied success.

7. 45: Black Sherif

When Black Sherif’s ‘The Villain I Never Was’ dropped, it was the talk of town, but not more so than ’45,’ the third track off the album. The song combines all of Black Sherif’s endowment, from immaculate vocals to clever lyricism.

6. Balance: Wizkid

‘Balance’ is one of the better songs on Wizkid’s fifth studio album ‘More Love, Less Ego.’ It’s feel-good tune with incredibly good hook.

5. How Are You My Friend: Johnny Drille and Don Jazzy

‘How Are You My Friend’ is Johnny Drille’s first single of 2022, and as usual, it didn’t disappoint, paving the way for the release of his second project ‘Home’ in the space of a year.

4. Finesse: Pheelz and BNXN fka Buju

After enjoying remarkable success as a producer, Pheelz found himself in uncharted waters with ‘Finesse.’ Surprisingly, he charted the course with much success; thanks in part to BNXN, who lent his talent to the track.

3. Mine Alone: Show Dem Camp and Oxlade

Many songs from SDC’s ‘Palm Wine Music 3’ could have made this list, because the project was that good. On ‘Mine Alone,’ Tec and Ghost combine wickedly with Oxlade, dropping bars that… you know, only Tec and Ghost can spit and a bewitching chorus cements Oxlade’s status as one of Afrobeats brightest vocalists.

2. Buga: Kizz Daniel and Tecno

Already named the biggest Afrobeats song of 2022 by Chart Data, ‘Buga’ helped many people get through 2022; no way it was going to miss out on our best Afrobeats songs of 2022 list.

1. Last Last: Burna Boy

‘Last Last’ represents everything we’ve come to love and enjoy about Burna Boy and his music: witty lines, quality production, relatable stories and more.

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