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Top 15 Greatest African Songs Of All Times

African songs are promoted by different indigenous musics and dances. Africa is a great and beautiful continent made up of people of different region with different culture and tradition.

Hence,African songs have different styles and rhythm depending on the region. Most African Songs narrate the activities/culture of a particular region or country, most time it goes as far as narrating our day to day activities which have an impacts on our lives.

15. Agolo By Angélique Kidjo (Cotonuo, Benin)

Born Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo but popularly and simply called Angélique Kidjo is a very talented musician and a Beninese Grammy Award winning winner.

One of her hit song ‘Agolo’ which she released in 1994 enjoyed massive airplay in Africa and beyond and won several awards.

14. African Queen by Tu Face (Nigeria)

Tu Face ‘African Queen’ song which he released in 2004 won him awards and recognition in the music world. The song which promoted African women beauty and culture was recognized locally and international.In fact , it was also his breakthrough song.

13. Adonai remix by Sarkodie and Castro ( Ghana)

This is a contemporary song ,it was released in 2014 but undoubtedly one of the best African music of all time.It enjoyed a massive airplay and worldwide recognition after the sad missing of the featured vocalist on the track ,Castro. It is one of the most viewed African songs on youtube with 36,418,124 as at writing this article.

12. Coupe Bibamba By Awilo Longomba (Congo)

Awilo Longomba, Coupe Bibamba song will which he released in 1998, gained him an instant recognition in Africa and beyond. The song which has it own style of dance called “Makossa Dance” was enjoyed in all over continent.

11. Vuli Ndlela By Late Brenda Fassie (South Africa)

Vuli Ndlela was released in 1997 by late Brenda Fassie, South African anti-apartheid Afro pop singer. You don’t have to understand the words to be moved by the song. Vuli Ndlela is one the best African songs.

10. Seun Rere By Late Christy Essien Igbokwe (Nigeria)

Late Christy Essien Igbokwe is regarded as one the best female musician to have come out of Africa.

Her hit track ‘Seun Rere’ is a song with a high moral message for children. The song was like a national anthem in the 80’s.

9.Water No Get Enemy By Fela Kuti (Nigeria)

This was sang by late Fela Kuti. This song still remain one of the most powerful and driven African song. The Nigeria born artist happened to be the pioneer of the Afro-beat music.

8.Woyaya by  Osibisa (Ghana)

Osibisa’s music is a fusion of African, Caribbean, jazz, funk, rock, Latin, and R&B. Osibisa were one of the first African-heritage bands to become widely popular and linked with the world music description.


Woyaya is the second album by Ghanaian Afro-pop band Osibisa released in 1971 by MCA. Reissued in 2004 in a two-CD pack together with the self-titled album Osibisa by BGO Records.

 7. Premier Gaou by Magic System (Ivory Coast)

Magic System hit track ‘Premier Gaou’ was released in 2002, the song album sold out millions of copies in Africa countries and over 300,000 copies in France.

Due to the popularity of the song it was later remix by some African artists.

6. Umqombathi by Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)

This beautiful and very talented songstress,Yvonne Chaka Chaka is one of the pioneers in South Africa music industry.

She has many hit songs, but “Umqombathi” known as (“African Beer”) ensured her stardom. Yvonne Chaka Chaka was honored by WEF Crystal Award, 8th Most Powerful African and Top 100 Most Influential Women in the World. She is well known for her talent and humanitarian services to human kind

5. Prisoner By Lucky Dube (South Africa)

If You indeed have a soft touch for music, You will agree  that Lucky Dube, in almost all his track still sound so interesting and new even though he had passed away.

The South Africa reggae artist was short dead on 18th October 2007 in the street of Johannesburg.And upon all his hit raggae tunes ,it is very difficult to choose but prisoner is one of the best.

4. Wombo Lombo By Angélique Kidjo (Cotonuo, Benin)

According to Wikipedia Angelique Kidjo is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine. Everything about that song “Wombo Lombo” represent Africa, the costume, the dance and Kidjo’s strong voice made the song one of the best in Africa.

3. Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga (Nigeria)

Indeed all mothers are sweet, Prince Nico Mbarga, recorded “Sweet Mother” in 1976, sold over 13 million copies.

Sweet Mother is sometimes called Africa’s anthem. This song will continue to be remembered from generation to generation.

2. Seven Seconds by Youssou N’Dour (Senegal)

“7 Seconds” tells about first seven seconds in the life of a newborn, arguably unaware of problems in the world. Youssou N’Dour released “7 Seconds” in 1994, and sold out millions of copies in Africa and in some European countries.

1. Personally By P-Square (Nigeria)

P-Square hit song “Personally” was released in 2014. The song was nominated in World Music Awards for World’s Best Song and World Music Awards for World’s Best Video.

The song also has the highest views on YouTube than any other artist in Africa of all times, currently has 69,509,792 views views on YouTube as at the time of writing this article.


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