Looking back at the top 10 Nigerian music videos that dominated the Internet in 2021, there is no doubt that they are a representation of the country’s thriving music industry.
The eclectic mix of genres and styles showcased in these videos is a testament to the creativity and diversity of Nigerian music. Whether you’re a fan of Afrobeat, highlife, or juju, there’s something for everyone in this roundup.
These 10 videos ruled the charts and topped the most-watched lists. Whether you’re a fan of Nigerian music or not, you can’t deny that these videos are incredibly captivating.
The top 10 Nigerian music videos of 2021:
1. Tiwa Savage – Somebody’s Son ft. Brandy
Nigerian singer and songwriter Tiwa Savage features American pop/R&B artist Brandy in this classic video. The song was part of her studio project titled ‘Water & Garri’ EP. This body of workhouses Five solid tracks with contributions by Tay Iwar as well Nas among others.
This song was released after her third studio performance “Celia” which boosted her fan base and made her video one of the most streamed female releases. The stunning visuals for this song were shot by JM Films Production with Meji Alabi as director of photography.
2. Joeboy – Sip (Alcohol)
Singer, rapper, and songwriter, Joe Eboh released ‘Sip’( Alcohol) in the year 2021. The video was released last year and it has been a banger since then and remains a favorite for much Nigerian youth even today.
The track is produced by Nigerian producer and collaborator Tempoe. With production that gives fans another taste of what made him one the most exciting musicians on both African pop scenes as well international music scene in general (his sound can be compared to Afropop), this song currently sits at #1 LyricFind Global chart with over 50 million streams four weeks after release.
3. Crazy Things by Tems
This release is the lead single off her album, “If Orange Was A Place.” The video for this song brings together many different clips to create an expression of how crazy things can get in today’s society.
UAX Studio directed and captured Tems as she flips through various scenes wearing green gowns while strategically placing police brutality videos or politicians who aren’t doing their job well enough—allowing viewers insight into what may be going through someone else’s head when they’re mentally ill-in order words that reflect both sides are used throughout these visuals expressed by artists like herself
4. Kilometre by Burna Boy
The video was released following Burna Boy’s Grammys win. The track, directed by Clarence Peters (aka Clarence Shot It) sees him play golf on the bed of a semi-truck while juggling several balls and flying through an airport in private jets or dancing near some skiing hills with his baby blue outfit matching ski mask matched out perfectly from head to toe making for quite possibly one badass sight!
5. Celebrate me by Patoranking
Patoranking’s Celebrate me, the video was one of the most-watched videos in 2021. The song “Celebrate Me” speaks of celebrating life when one can be alive as well as being dead. It was produced by Yung Willis in collaboration with Dammy Twitch who also directed the video for this great jamming piece that will have everyone on their feet demanding more music from him soon enough!”
The singer Patoranking, who is shown in various scenes performing on stage, portrayed through the song that living a life of celebration when one is still alive is the best thing anyone should do to be fulfilled.
6. Rock by Olamide
The single ‘Rock’ from Olamide is a catchy, danceable tune that will have you on your feet in no time. This song rides along with an addictive beat and lyrics about getting even better as it goes! The ten-track album promises to be just what we need after such strong releases in 2021 on June 14 in partnership with his own YBNL and a leading brand in the US, EMPIRE.
The video for Rock’ by Olamide was directed and produced in Nigeria by Clarence Peters. It features the singer, actor-dancer Soliat Bada who plays the role of his lover on screen while they plan their meeting at some point during the production.
7. Holy Father by Mayorkun ft. Victony
Mayorkun, a popular singer and songwriter in Nigeria released his single video for “Holy Father” on October 27th, 2021. Since then the track has been topping charts all over the world as it was kicking off Apple Music Top 100 NGA list along with being played on different occasions globally.
The song was a follow-up to the last single titled “Back in Office” and it was produced by Semzi Beatz, shot and directed by TG Omori.
9. Running to you by Chike ft Simi
The video for Running To You by Chike & Simi was shot in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, and produced entirely through Deeyassobeatz and directed by Pink for Pinkline Films. The track features one of Africa’s finest vocalists – Simi who added some spice to this song with her sweet vocals
The original version from off his album “ Boo Of The Booless ” feathered into a refix accompanied visually proving how powerful words can be when paired together beautifully.”
10. For You by Teni ft Davido
In 2021, Teni released a music video for her hit track “Nigeria” in which they prominently featured global artist and the CEO of DMW (Davido Music Worldwide) Records company, Davido. The song was widely streamed with good lyrics from both artists that make it an attractive choice to stream or download — it was perfect for those that longed for something new! This particular record was produced by Pheelz who did an amazing job creating the visual masterpiece.
The list of top Nigerian music videos that dominated the Internet in 2021 is a testament to the amazing talent and creativity of Nigerian artists.
These musicians have produced some truly memorable music videos that have been watched by millions of people online. We can only wait to see what these artists will come up with next.
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