TikTok has played an enormous role in the African music industry since its inception. Since the app helped Ckay’s Love Nwantiti travel around the world, it has become a go-to platform for discovering new music, reviving old songs, and providing a platform for emerging artists to grow their fan base.
The short-video platform received more visitors than Google last year, and it is no surprise that music is essential as it provides soundtrack for a lot of content produced on TikTok. However, as 2022 wraps up, TikTok has shared some of its memorable moments and trendiest content to celebrate the #Year on TikTok 2022.
Check out the Nigerian songs that trended the most throughout the year.
10 Nigerian songs that trended the most on TikTok this year
If you are an avid TikToker, you must have heard or maybe even watched content that these sounds were used.
Buga by Kizz Daniel & Tekno
Lo lo lo lo Buga oh!!
Buga by Kizz Daniel and Tekno has been a sensational hit on TikTok. The song, which has a dance style, went viral on the app, thanks to the millions of people dancing to the song and using the dance steps to create content for their audience.
This official song sound has been used in over 5 million videos on TikTok. An unofficial version of the song, which is a minute long, has been used in over 608.7k videos. There are also other versions of the song that other TikTok creators have remixed. For hashtags, #buga has over 1.3 billion views, and #Bugachallenge has 399.7 million views.
Overloading (OVERDOSE) by Mavins, Crayon & Ayra Starr
Mavins collaboration songs have always found a way to dominate the sound waves, but this particular song has received overloads of love from TikTok creators. The song featured verses from some Mavin stars like Ayra Starr, Crayon, LADIPOE, Magixx & Boy Spyce, and was released in May.
The official song’s sound on TikTok is a minute long and featured in over 1.7 million videos. Some verses of the songs exist as TikTok sounds as well and have been used in thousands of videos. The #overloading challenge currently has 25.3 million views on TikTok.
Happy Birthday by Simi, Adekunle Gold & Deja
Although this song was released in 2021, it was one of the trending songs on TikTok this year. The song sung by Simi and Adekunle Gold was dedicated to their daughter, Deja, in celebration of her first birthday.
Most creators on the app use the song to celebrate their birthdays; it has been the trend since last year. On TikTok, the song has been used in over 2 million video content and counting. It has been associated with other search results like the Birthday songs of TikTok, Happy birthday wish songs, etc.
Ku Lo Sa by Oxlade
This song became very popular on TikTok and thanks to the famous dance step Oxlade used during his “A Colors Show” performance which TikTokers attempted to replicate. The song was released in June but got more attention in August, with content creators mimicking Oxlade.
The popularity of the song even brought out the Oxlade effect filter. The dance trends, filter effect, and other creative content all combined have over 582.4k video content. This is not the only song sound released by the Nigerian music star. A more extended version of the song, which is a minute long, has been used in over 292.8k video content.
Also, a speed-up version uploaded by the artist has been used in over 756k video content. Others include remixes and covers. The #kulosa challenge has over 450.7 million views.
Peace Be Unto You (PBUY) by Asake
This song became very popular on TikTok mainly for its lyrics and the gyrating feel that comes with the beat. Many content creators jumped on the song to make expressive content by gesticulating in response to the lyrics.
The song was released in June and has been used in over 813.4k video content on the social app, and the more extended version, which is a minute long, has over 117.9k video content. The #asakepeacebeuntoyou challenge has 987.7k views.
Baddest Boy by Skiibii
Emi gan biggest boy!!
Skiibii came in hot this year with his hit single, Baddest Boy, and it trended over the social space, with TikTok no exception. Although it was released last year, it came into the limelight on TikTok after the remix with Davido this year.
The official TikTok sound from the song, which is a minute long, has been used in over 1.2 million videos and counting, and the remixed version with Davido has been used in over 53.8k videos. The #skiibiibaddestboy has over 2.5 million views on TikTok.
Girlfriend by Ruger
This song grew popular on TikTok with the song challenge trend that the composer, Ruger, started. Many content creators took part in this challenge that involved a specific dance step and gave more attention to the song, expanding its reach.
The official sound from the song is a minute long and has been featured in over 934.9k videos. Another shorter version uploaded by Ruger has been used in over 58.4k videos.
Accompanying the sound are thousands of hashtags but the most popular ones are #whatifido, which has 7.8 million views, #girlfriendruger, with 16.4 million views, #girlfriendrugerchallenge has 6.7 million views; and #rugergirlfriendchallenge, with 19 million views.
Live Forever by Kayode
This is one of the top trending songs on TikTok, all thanks to the famous photo appreciation trends that many content creators, especially Nigerians, have engaged in this year.
This particular song has one of the highest engagement metrics among the other songs listed. The song has been featured in over 1.4 million videos and is probably the biggest hit for the musician Kayode.
The #liveforeverkayode has 127.8k views, while the #kayodeliveforever has 660.9k views.
Sugarcane – Remix by Camidoh, Mayorkun & Darkoo
Released in April, this song gained immense love across Africa because of its blend of British, Nigerian, and Ghanaian vibes. This is no coincidence considering the three artists featured in the song are from these locations respectively.
The song started strong on TikTok soon after its release with a dance challenge that engaged millions of content creators. The #sugarcaneremix has over 107.6 million views, and the official sound has been used in over 1.7 million video content.
A more extended version of the sound which is a minute long, has over featured in 56.7k videos.
Rush by Ayra Starr
Several teasers from Ayra Starr heralded this before it finally debuted in September. It has since been a revelation, further cementing the musician’s position in the Nigerian music industry. The song has been appreciated by the TikTok community and has become a leading jam for content creation.
The official sound has been used for over 1.2 million videos, and the more extended version, which is almost a minute long, has been used in over 688.2 thousand videos.
The hashtags following these sounds, i.e., #rushayrastar, #ayrastarrrush, and #rushdancechallenge have had massive view ratings at 14.7 million, 26.3 million, and 2.6 million, respectively.
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