2017 was an amazing year for Afrobeats. Can we give a shoutout to ALL the producers? You guys are seriously underrated (check out our list of the top producers this year, here). There so many quality songs (some that did not make this list because it would have even longer) so many great moments, lots of good EP’s and projects, so without further ado here is One Tribe Magazine’s top 50 of 2017.
50. DJ Kaywise x Tiwa Savage – “Informate”
DJ Kaywise and Tiwa Savage collaborated to create a banging dance tune. Listen to “Informate” to find out more about Tiwa’s “little problem”.
49. Simi – “Joromi”
Simi is beautiful and she makes beautiful music. Her album is very good, if you have not listened to it, go ahead and listen to it.
48. Tiwa Savage – “All Over”
Tiwa Savage had a good year and the lead track from her EP was a sign of things to come.
47. Reminisce – “Ponmile”
The video for this track is amazing and has a brilliant message behind it. Credit to Reminisce for using his platform for speaking about issues in our society.
46. L.A.X – “Run Away”
Razaki serenades and asks for his woman’s love.
45. Kiss Daniel – “Yeba”
Uncle, stop toushing!
44. Dotman – “My Woman”
Dotman has built off of his success from his hit “Akube”, in 2017 he dropped a few quality tracks and this is the pick of the letter. He’s one of the artists to look out for in 2018.
43. Falz – “Jeje”
Falz is now a staple in the music scene, 27 was released on his birthday and this one of the standout tracks.
42. Ajebutter22 – “Wayward”
Really wish Ajebutter22 released this track earlier, it has potential to be a smash. Nonetheless, his time is coming.
41. Adey – “Cigarette”
Adey is someone you have heard of but you have not. “Juice”, produced by Adey, “Wavy Level”, produced by Adey, “Paper” produced by Adey “Detty Yourself” also produced by Adey. The producer hits the studio and makes this track. Hopefully Adey releases a project soon.
40. Becca – “Na Wash” [feat Patoranking]
One of the more underrated tracks of the year, Becca and Patoranking collaborated well on this track.
39. Juls – “After Six” featuring Tomi Agape and Santi
Seriously, if you have not listened to Juls Leap Of Faith EP, get on it. Tomi Agape has bright future ahead of her.
38. Maleek Berry – “Bend It”
Follow your dreams, Maleek Berry did and he is blessing us with tunes.
37. Odunsi (The Engine) – “Desire” (Feat. Funbi & Tay Iwar)
Odunsi is a star in the making. He has released a few EP’s and this track and video is proof of his artistry.
36. Burna Boy (feat. J Hus) – “Sekkle Down”
One of the tracks released from Burna Boy’s new project “Outside”, if this track is more of what’s to come, Burna has gold on his hands. “Sekkle Down” features J-Hus and is produced by J-Hus’ frequent producer Jae-5.
35. Tekno – “Mama” ft. Wizkid
After their “beef” it was good to see the two popular artists put their wahala to the side and collaborate.
34. Maleek Berry – “Pon My Mind”
The first track off of Daze of Winter. It’s going to be a hot winter if Maleek keeps dropping heat like this.
33. Olamide – “Wavy Level”
The hit maker from Bariga strikes again. I wish the rest of the album sounded like this but this’ll do.
32. Korede Bello – “Butterfly”
Korede Bellow is staying true to himself and not conforming to the usual “shake your yansh” cliche songs. This is a beautiful song to serenade your girl with.
31. Orezi – “Cooking Pot”
Great song, even better video and an amazing message.
30. Nonso Amadi – “Tonight”
Nonso does it again. Very smooth track.
29. Teni – “Fargin”
Teni did not come to play! The music video showcases culture and aestheticism while displaying the struggle of not “offing pant.” Powerful message.
28. Terry Apala &Bisola – “Bad Girl”
Terry Apala’s time is coming soon. Terry Apala makes what would be considered modern Apala music.
27. Maleek Berry- “4 Me”
Maleek Berry has had a fantastic year, whether making beats, features or releasing his own tracks, 2017 has been kind to him and he was kind enough to bless us with 4 me.
26. Sauti Sol feat Patoranking – “Melanin”
While Sauti Sol isn’t exactly afrobeats, putting Patoranking on the feature and making such an infectious chorus and positive message for all our melanin rich girls, it deserves to be on this list.
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