The 2000s were a defining point in the Nigerian Music Industry as it saw the rise of songs that would remain evergreen.
Let’s take you on a trip down memory lane to the early 2000s, a golden age of Nigerian music, where artists contended for dominance on the charts, and when lyrics and edifying songs were valued over sound and club appeal.
Here are Nigerian Songs from the 2000s that are still bops to date;
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9ice- Little Money
Years before 9ice has reached stardom with his iconic “Gongo Aso” album, the singer had gained prominence with “Little Money” which is off his first album, “Certificate“. It might not have gained immortal stardom like Gongo Aso but it’s no doubt a bop even now.
In the early 2000s, “Oruka” was among the top five wedding anthems. No matter the tribe, the song was a must-have on any wedding DJ’s playlist or the party is incomplete.
P-Square- Bizzy Body
P-square were the IT group when it came to dropping hit songs that dominated everyone’s playlist. One of the first songs that shot them to prominence was “Bizzy Body“. This song had every lady trying to whine their waist stiff or not.
The remix featuring Weird MC was bigger as it became a club anthem at the time of its release. Whether original or remix, both songs are still bopping even with the fact that both of them are seperated.
Should one want to do a history on the intertwining relationship between cybercrime and the Nigerian Music Industry, only “Yahooze” can provide a thesis.
This song had a catchy hook, and an infectious beat that blinded people from dwelling too much on its underlying message- the glorification of fraud.
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Danfo Drivers- Danfo Driver
Consisting of Mad Melon and Mountain Black, Danfo Drivers were a duo who were popular for their Ajegunle Ghetto style music and also one of the instruments in the popularization of the Galala dance.
One of their songs, the Socio-political “Danfo Drivers” sees them discuss the difficulties of being poor in a supposedly rich country. They also question God on their predicament.
African China- Mr President
“Mr President” is a socio-political song that calls out corrupt African leaders and their style of leadership which is ruining the countries they serve. African China employs the use of Ghetto language to pass his message across. Though the song is a socially conscious song, you can’t help but sing along when it comes on.
Tony Tetuila- My Car
After leaving the Remedies, Tony Tetuila went on to establish himself as a successful solo artist in the early 2000s. One of the big hits he would always be remembered for is ‘MY Car”. Said to be a diss song to his former bandmate, Eedris Abdulkareem, “My Car” is a string of narration of funny incidents with his car as the focal point.
This was D’banj‘s first song and the foundation of his success story. The song which is produced by Don Jazzy made the catchphrase, “The Koko” popular and would go on to be D’banj significant catchphrase.
Timaya is one of the underrated icons in the music industry. He has made enough impact like 2Baba, D’banj, P-square and the rest on the music industry.
“Dem Mama” is a combination of an infectious beat and a strong message of the military brutality and criminal killings in Bayelsa. The song is inspired by the tragic story of Udi, the Oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 1999.
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Truly one of the first Nigerian songs to get international recognition, and arguably the most acclaimed song created by a Nigerian, African Queen was a song far ahead of its time.
This is one of those songs that is timeless, never fades and flows from one generation to another. It’s a classic love song that has arguably influenced Nigerian love songs that came after it. There is hardly any Nigerian that doesn’t know the chorus to this love song.