Wizkid Top 20 Songs in Africa 2021 (1)
A remix by Wizkid and Tems with Justin Bieber later gave 'Essence' a boost, making it a global summer hit. FILE PHOTO

While every industry was affected by the pandemic, the world of music continued to create amazing works, this article provides a list of the best songs in Africa in 2021.

The pandemic affected every industry in the world, but the music industry didn’t stop creating great music, this article lists the top songs from Africa in 2021.

These tracks have entertained people despite the hardships. They are rated based on views, as it is a receipt of how much people are hooked.

Let’s go list and enjoy the colourful 2021 African music journey.

Lewjah Tani by Saad Lamjarred & Zouhair Bahaoui

  • YouTube views: 196.5M
  • Country: Morroco
  • Release Date: January 2, 2021

This fun pop song has a lot of YouTube views. Once you give it a listen, you will understand why. It is catchy, well arranged, and the harmony of the duo is in sync. 

The teamwork of Saad Lamjarred and Zouhair Bahaoui in this track is superb and deserves all the attention.

Sukari by Zuchu

  • YouTube views: 62.5M
  • Country: Tanzania
  • Release Date: January 20, 2021

This Swahili track is as sweet as sugar like its main theme. Zuchu’s vocals are exquisite and very rhythmic.

Anybody listening to this song will be put in the mood to groove. And any man who will have this song dedicated to them is fortunate.

Essence by Wizkid featuring Tems

  • YouTube views: 60.4M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: April 10, 2021

Nigerian singer Wizkid teamed up with R&B princess Tems and created one of the top African songs in 2021. 

Later, Wizkid and Tems collaborated with Justin Bieber for a remix of ‘Essence.‘ The remix gave the song the boost it needed to become the global summer song of the year.

This Afrobeat song has a chill vibe that will make listeners relax and entertained. The drumbeats are catchy and the vocals of the two artists blend well.

Jennifer by Guchi

  • YouTube views: 32.6M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: February 16, 2021

Ugochi Onuoh aka Guchi not only conquered the airwaves with this pop number. It also caused quite a stir in Tiktok. 

But who can blame the world for getting hooked with this tune? Truly Guchi has one of the songs in Africa 2021 that made it big.

Running (to You) by Chike featuring Simi

  • YouTube views: 34M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: February 13, 2021

One of the best things about having someone by your side is you can depend on them. 

This smooth song reminds listeners of the benefit of having a person you can run to. It reflects the beauty of sincere relationships thanks to the sweet vocals of Chike and Simi.

Baikoko by Mbosso featuring Diamond Platnumz 

  • YouTube views: 30.7M
  • Country: Tanzania
  • Release Date: April 9, 2021

A fan of flowing lyrics? This song is for you. The prowess of Mbosso’s delivery will get you hooked. 

Then back it up with Diamond’s expertise, who could go wrong? Accenting this sound are drums and whistles, giving it a beach party vibe.

Soundgasm by Rema

  • YouTube views: 28.4M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: June 11, 2021

Soundgasm by Rema will stir your sense of hearing to another level. The guitar playing combined with distinct sound beats plus the on-point vocals makes this track addictive. 

Audiences will surely get hooked listening to it over and over because it’s that good.

Understand by Omah Lay

  • YouTube views: 28M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: July 29, 2021

This single is lyrical and rhythmic, the prime element that defines a hit song. It may be a slow song but the beats make this track also danceable. 

The calming effect of this track is suitable for days when you just want to chill and relax.

Sip (Alcohol) by Joeboy

  • YouTube views: 23.7M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: October 21, 2021

There will be a lot of things to deal with in life. But it must not distract your focus. If you feel overwhelmed, sit and take a sip to reflect on what you need to do. 

The song advises listeners not to concentrate on the bad. Rather leave all the doubts behind and start anew. 

No wonder many tuned in to this song. It is very encouraging to anyone who is in a pinch.

Forever (Remix) by Gyakie featuring Omah Lay

  • YouTube views: 23M
  • Country: Ghana
  • Release Date: March 26, 2021

Sometimes one would experience this longing for love that has gone away. The lyrics of this tune maybe be simple, but it runs deep. Gyakie’s distinct voice sincerely delivers the message of a yearning heart. 

While Omah Lay’s vocals add flavour to the track. Their notes blend well, and the harmony is just magic.

Bounce by Ruger 

  • YouTube views: 21.2M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: May 12, 2021

This mellow Afrobeat and Reggae-inspired song is a good piece to groove on the dance floor. 

The lyrics are sensual and sexy it can drive the imagination wild. It is also layered with dancehall elements that add charm to this track. Hearing it will tickle all the senses of the listeners.

IYO by Diamond Platnumz featuring Focalistic, Mapara A Jazz & Ntosh Gazi

  • YouTube views: 17.9M
  • Country: Tanzania
  • Release Date: July 29, 2021

Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz is known for songs with rich flavour and catchy beats. This track is no exception as it engages the audience to move their body. 

The tune is hypnotic and watching the video the choreography looks fun and interesting. Surely all people from different age groups would love this number.

Touch It by KiDi

  • YouTube views: 16.4M
  • Country: Ghana
  • Release Date: May 12, 2021

Here is another track that received a lot of love in Tiktok. It is a rhythmic tune that has a very tropical feel. Listening to it gives a feeling of lightness. 

The music video is also often praised for the beautiful costumes used. Creativity in both sight and sound, no wonder this track did well.

Ke Star (Remix) by Focalistic & Davido featuring Vigro Deep

  • YouTube views: 14.8M
  • Country: South Africa
  • Release Date: February 26, 2021

This Afrobeat song is a mainstay on party dancefloors. As proof of its success, the tune even caught the attention of Time magazine. The publication is all praises for this track. 

It somewhat showed the track’s breakthrough into the international scene. It is one of the songs in Africa 2021 that brings in a lot of pride.

Kilometre by Burna Boy

  • YouTube views: 12.7M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: April 30, 2021

Getting your hard work rewarded is something worth celebrating and writing a song for. This hip Afrobeat number by Burna Boy expresses his thoughts about his success. 

Indeed he went travelled a lot of kilometres to get where he is. We all cannot help but be happy for this Grammy award-winning artist.

Monalisa by Lojay featuring Sarz

  • YouTube views: 11.4M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: September 16, 2021

The percussions and the maracas sound at the beginning give this track a unique feel. This tune is lovely as the painting of the Mona Lisa. 

Lojay still is new in the industry with the help of veterans like Sarz, he will surely go a long way. And look how well he is doing with this tune.

Peru by Fireboy DML

  • YouTube views: 10M
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Release Date: August 6, 2021

This track has its fair share of trending time on the internet. Listening to it you will understand why this high-tempo song is receiving a lot of attention. 

The overall presentation of the track embraces freestyle which works well with the style and creativity of the singer.

Second Sermon by Black Sherif

  • YouTube views: 8.5M
  • Country: Ghana
  • Release Date: July 16, 2021

Are you a fan of passionate rap? If yes, this number will never disappoint you. The delivery of the lyrics here is powerful and intense. 

The audience can feel the artist’s emotion as he delivers the words eloquently. It is also coupled with great sound accompaniment making it a really awesome hit.

Dimension by JAE5 featuring Skepta & Rema

  • YouTube views: 7.6M
  • Country: Ghana
  • Release Date: March 19, 2021

There are a lot of disappointing things happening all over the world. But unless someone speaks up nothing is going to change. It is the message this Afrobeat and UK urban sound-inspired piece is all about. 

Fortunately, many have heard, just check out the views. And surely more will follow.

Yaba Buluku (Remix) by DJ Tarico & Burna Boy featuring Preck & Nelson Tivane

  • YouTube views: 6M
  • Country: Mozambique
  • Release Date: July 14, 2021

Putting together DJ Tarico and Burna Boy is a recipe for a great tune. Their collaboration resulted in a club party banger. It is intense, upbeat, and catchy. 

The addition of Preck and Nelson makes it more interesting and unique. Be ready to bust the dancefloor whenever this plays.

Final Thoughts

The majority of the top songs in Africa are a collaboration of two or more artists

However, we cannot undermine the influence of the solo acts included in the list. Overall the Afrobeat sound has managed to receive global recognition. 

And with a huge talent pool like this, it can be confidently predicted that the success will continue for the years to come.