Timaya is unquestionably one of the artists who have had a significant impact on revolutionising the Pop sound in Nigeria.
Highlighting 20 Essential Songs from Timaya that showcases his artistic prowess
Real Name Inetimi Timaya Odon, Timaya’s solo career began in 2005 with the release of “Dem Mama“, which also appeared on his debut album, True Story released the following year.
Meanwhile, his third studio album De Rebirth—and its lead single “Plantain Boy“—brought him even more attention and international acclaim.
With Over eight albums to his credit and numerous hit singles, his work has earned him several notable awards and nominations to date.
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Mp3bullet.ng put together 20 Essential Songs from Timaya that showcases his artistic prowess;
I Can’t Kill Myself
The non-Timaya fans might not remember most of Timaya’s songs but they definitely can’t forget this song. The song even had Cardi B singing its lyrics, that’s how catchy it was.
One of his most-streamed songs on Youtube, “Balance” showcases an evolved Timaya who now sings for the passion more than the money.
Kom Kom ft Patoranking, King Perryy
Another Dancehall song from the stables of Chulo master and features Patoranking, another Dancehall artist he supported and his protege, King Perryy.
Bam Bam ft Olamide
Another collaboration with Masterkraft, “Bam Bam” features Olamide. Timaya addresses critics who claim that he is fading from the music scene on this song.
In 2018, Timaya ruled airwaves with “To U“, the mid-tempo song is such a perfect tune for grooving while alone or with friends.
Telli Person ft Phyno, Olamide
Telli Person was a hit for many reasons but most especially Phyno’s verse where he subtely shaded Hushpuppi who called him out for wearing a fake Wristwatch. Interestingly the song became popular again in 2020 after the arrest of Hushpuppi went viral.
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Dance ft Rudeboy
Timaya and Rudeboy ate and left no crumbs on this song. Just like the name suggests, the song makes you want to dance and show off your twerking skills.
Timaya’s songs have this thing of getting stuck on one’s mind from the first listening. “Woyo” is that song you can’t easily forget.
“Bang Bang” is such an underrated song and deserves more flowers. From the beat to the tempo to the lyrics, everything makes you want to dance whenever it comes on.
Money ft Flavour
The sweetest part of this song is Timaya singing that he travels to America just to charge his phone. This line alone had netizens talking and wondering the truth of that statement. Whether it was true or not, “Money” was a hit and proves that Timaya and Flavour need to collaborate more.
I Like the Way
Anything Timaya jumps on a dancehall beat, he always comes through, “I Like the Way” is proof of that fact.
I Concur ft Don Jazzy
There is used to be a time Don Jazzy was a hot cake to feature on songs, and on ‘I Concur” while he just handled a verse, he had an impact on this song.
Released in 2014, ‘Sanko” is Lamba layered over a Dancehall and Afropop fused beat. It was released off Timaya’s “Epiphany”
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Bum Bum remix ft Sean Paul
While the Original Version was a hit, the remix made this list due to its commercial success. I mean how can I exclude Timaya’s most-streamed on Youtube on this list.
In 2013 Timaya and Masterkraft joined forces to create the bouncy “Ukwu.” This song is a hit thanks to its beat and lamba aesthetics.
Timaya’s fifth album, “Upgrade” was a success thanks to his evolving style and the hits the album generated. One of the album’s biggest hits was the club anthem “Sexy Lady.”
Malonogede ft Terry G
In the early 2010s, Terry G was a street sensation with his eccentric unique music style, which was why he is a perfect fit for Timaya’s 2012 “Malonogede“. The two was such a force to reckon on this song and their chemistry made the song a street anthem.
Off his sophomore album, “True Story“, “Ogologomma” is a sweet melodious mid-tempo tune released in 2008 and was popular at the time of its release. The song is a song of appreciation and prayer to the creator.
Inspired by the tragedy that befell Odi in his state of origin, Bayelsa, Timaya calls out the Nigerian Government and its armed forces for their callousness and hand in the tragedy on “Dem Mama”
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Any real die-hard fan of Timaya must have come across him through this song. “Plaintain Boy” was Timaya breakthrough hit. This song was his own autobiography on how he went from being a plantain boy to being a music star.