When it comes to making hits that will take over the world, nobody does it better than the boss of HKN music himself. Real name, David Adedeji Adeleke, is one of the many artists who are pushing the boundaries when it comes to African music. Davido songs are quite popular worldwide judging by his massive fan base on Social Media. They say the beauty in music is that you don’t have to understand it, that something songs by Davido have managed to do to the rest of the world.
The BET and Kora Award winning megastar is on a roll over the past years judging by the success of Davido songs latest. He has really set the pace for the rest of the artists. Love him or hate him his impact can be felt in the entire music industry. It has always been a battle between him and fellow artist Wizkid, but what many people fail to see is that the two acts are what make the African music industry buzzing.
Davido songs list 2017
We have compiled a list of Davido songs that have done exceptionally well and have been well received both in Africa and the rest of the world. The list features some of his latest works that are on their way to becoming instant hits.
1. Davido - If
Let’s talk about the song that became a national anthem in 2017. I mean it was everywhere in clubs, streets and public places. It defined the Nigerian music and the continent at large. Released in February around the Valentine’s Day climax, the song was set to dominate the charts. Even after a year later is still holds dominance to the career of the multi-talented star. It also came at an opportune moment when he has just closed in on a deal with Sony which gave him push start to start local records in the African continent.
The song was produced by talented singer and producer Tekno. The video was exemplary and quite simple picturing Davido showing her undying love for her soul mate. Upon its release, the song went viral with big stars making dance videos to it including Omarion and it became a dance style with over 63 million views. The song caught on RnB megastar R. Kelly who was not shy of a remix with the star. The song marked the end of the terrain of Runtown’s song ‘Mad over you’ which had dominated the Nigerian billboard for weeks.
2. Davido ft Tinashe - How Long
Many initially had doubted the singing prowess of the star but his release featuring American pop star Tinashe proved the world wrong. The way both the stars blended together in singing Yourba was a sight to see. The tempo of the song is soothing unlike his previous hits which have an upbeat and dance tempo. This time the star showed us his maturity and different tastes in music. The beat is a fusion of euro-pop, house music and a bit of naija music depicted through Davido’s voice. It is a true embodiment of afro fusion at its best.
It was a moment to make Africa proud given that Tinashe’s decent hails from Africa since her father is Zimbabwean. The visuals to the song are in black and white to bring out that quality in the video. It is a simple and chilled out video that goes well with the lyrics and mood of the song. Tinashe bring alive the song in the third verse, it magical how they two diverse voices blend together. The song enjoyed a lot of success from massive airplay in both America and the rest of Africa. The song has garnered over 3 million views.
3. Davido - Pere
The mantle to make Nigerian music to penetrate from Nigeria to America had been passed on to Davido and Wizkid. After closing in on the Sony deal, it was only a matter of time before he collaborated with some of the big stars in the hip hop game. And this song was the perfect manifestation of the pact. The beat to the song was produced my maestro Mustard on the Beat who has produced for the likes of Drake, Chris Brown, Rihanna and other big names in the game. The song was a bit urban, bubblegum and a hint of trap music which is currently popular.
For the song, he collaborated with Rae Scremmurd and Young Thug. These are currently some of the hottest artists that are on top of their game. It was only right in order to push his music and acceptability in the American music market. The hook is perfectly blended with Swae Lee and Davido that goes “If I give you one pere…” Young Thug completes with a rap verse. Davido also shows off his spitting capabilities by going hard on the third verse. The song has gained on close to 5 million views on YouTube.
4. Davido ft. Nasty C - Coolest Kid in Africa
The only way the industry can grow is if the artists come together in a collaborative effort. This was proven especially when young and flourishing sensational rapper Nasty C teamed up with Davido to give us a heated song that blew our hearts away. It is a trap beat that gives the chance for the rapper to show off his prowess as well as for Davido. The star in his recent songs has been heavily influenced by trap and he has started rapping and dropping punch lines which so far has worked out for him well.
The video was produced by maestro Sesan Ogunro who did a good job in infusing a burst of energy from the two sides. Nasty C had previously featured Davido in his earlier track ‘Juice Back’ which was well received in both regions. The video is in a urban setting car race track where some awesome stunts are shown. The song did very well not only in both the countries but also in the rest of the continent. The video has over 14 million views on YouTube. It is also available on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and iTunes.
5. Davido - new song fall
Davido is not shy of controversies, especially with the latest one being a brawl with a female artist in a hotel. Well for this song, there was much to hide especially with the vivid descriptions and sexually explicit lyrics. Everyone one in the continent was dancing to the tunes and lyrics ‘Banana fall on you’ which later led the Government of Nigeria to burn the song from main stream. Despite the ban, the song continued to become an instant club banger and a common thread in dance videos and mixes.
After the success of ‘If’ many people thought he had lost the mojo to make new infectious music, a fact that he proved to the people wrong. The video to the song is simple and quite exceptional with dancing styles. The song has a catchy chorus that managed to have over 62 million views on YouTube proving to be some of his best works so far. Despite the government ban, the song made the star laugh all the way to the bank especially with all the royalties earned. The star is known for purchasing opulent stuff given he is from a well off background.
Davido new songs 2018
The year started off with a high note for the star with news that he is going to release his album any time soon. Judging by his constant release of hit song after hit song, it is safe to say that this is the year for the star.
1. Davido - Flora My Flawa
After a successful run in 2017, the DMW boss started off the year releasing another hit single that has become a craze over the short period it has been in rotation. The Davido songs 2018 was produced by the usual suspects of Fresh and mixed and mastered by Mix Monster. It is a mid-tempo anthem that comes in the season of love. Davido goes emotional on this track giving off his inner most feelings. The lyrics are funny like ‘If you’re behind was a class’ which is part of his charm.
The video broke the YouTube record of most streams equaling to 1 million views in just 48 hours. The star took to his official Instagram handle to celebrate the milestone with his fans. The song is now up to close to 3 million views. The video is of a live band performing. The introductory bit will leave you in stitches as it features Davido bidding farewell to his village girl to go pursuit success. She is later taunted by her friends who think she will soon forget her. The tune is an instant hit not only in Africa and its fame is slowly capturing up to the world.
2. Davido - FIA
Even though the song was released in 217, the success was so enormous that it carried to 2018. It maintains the usual romance that s characterized by Davido with simple lyrics and production magic. The beat was produced by Fresh who got signed under the Davido Music Worldwide record label. The introduction is a killer one, ‘shawty want a million dollar, say make I wire wire’. It is also a personal song to him which was released after the deaths of his three friends, which he takes time to address in the lyrics ‘you for dey for me when the boy dey hunger’.
The song has managed to gain over 37 million views on YouTube. Immediately after its release, the song shot up to the number one spot on the Nigerian Billboard where it has managed to maintain its position to date. The video is simple with Davido driving a car and addressing the lyrics to her love. The success of the song attracted international sensation singer Steflon Don for the remix. The song still receives massive airplay in local stations and from the rest of the continent. During the 30B concert, the song was the most lit.
3. Davido - Like Dat
After basking in the glory after the success of FIA, he shortly followed up with another monster track ‘Like dat’. The song is an instant club banger like the likes of ‘If’ and ‘FIA’. There is a way that Davido mixes their local dialect with English to come up with a beautiful and interesting concept and style. The song is no exception especially with the visuals. A round of applause should go to director Daps who did a fantastic job on the video. The song has steadily scored over 4.5 million views on YouTube and the numbers keep increasing daily.
4. Davido - Ada
It is no doubt that the record label Davido Music Worldwide is catching pace and nurturing talents. This time the DMV official disk jockey teamed with Davido for another club banger that is taking ground slowly given that it is still new to the public. The beat was produced by talented and co-signed producer Fresh. The song has over 3.5 million views on YouTube and is currently in the top ten in the Nigerian Billboard.
It is good to see that the star is taking initiative in creating the careers of other artists under his label. The song is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify. It is a gist of what we should expect when he drops his long awaited album under his own record label.
5. Davido ft. Mayorkun - Bobo
One of the artists who has been nurtured and has shown exponential growth in the industry is Mayorkun. Ever since he released his debut song ‘Mama’ which ruled the waves for months the star has never been silent. To quench the thirst of his large fan base, the star teamed up with Davido to gives us another banger. Judging by his record, the duo is unarguably one of the hardest working artists in Nigeria. You will probably be hooked on the lyrics ‘Na money fine bobo…’ when you first hear the song.