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Top 20 Most Viewed African Music Videos on Youtube (2022)




With Internet penetration expanding steadily across Africa, video streaming platforms, such as YouTube etc, are becoming an increasingly important medium for sharing, enjoying and appreciating African music.
Below are the top 17 most watched African music videos on YouTube.

See also: Top 10 Most Viewed Nigerian Music Videos on Youtube

Top 20 Most Viewed African Music Videos on Youtube (Updated: 2022)

Top 10 Most Viewed African Music Videos on Youtube (2022)

18. Die Antwoord – Banana Brain (South Africa)

Over 117 million views

Banana brain is the first video from Die Antwoord’s album ‘Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid, the video was released on August 31, 2016 and since then has accumulated over 117 million views on youtube as of September 2022.

17. Wizkid – Come Closer

Over 123 million views

Come closer was released as the third single from Wizkid’s third studio album, Sounds from the Other Side. In September 2020, Wizkid became the first African artist to be certified Gold (both) as a featured and lead artist in the United States, as Come Closer sold 500,000 units.

16. Runtown – Mad Over You (Nigeria)

Over 140 million views

This here is the one song that propelled Runtown internationally. Back in 2017, this song was the most popular song in Nigeria. The song currently has a staggering 140 million views and is currently the 16th most viewed African music video on the Youtube.

RUNTOWN

Runtown was born on 19 August 1989 in Enugu but grew up partly in Abuja and Lagos, where he finished his primary education.

In 2014 he released “Gallardo”, a song which features vocals from Davido and was released as the first single off his debut studio album Ghetto University.

Gallardo went on to win “Best Collaboration of the Year” at the 2014 edition of the Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

On 23 November 2015, Runtown released his debut studio album titled Ghetto University via MTN Music Plus through Eric Many Entertainment. The album generated over ₦35 million on the music portal thus earning him a spot in the list of “Top 5 Most Streamed Artist”.

15. Yemi Alade – Johnny (Nigeria)

Over 148 million views

Yemi made her debut in the music scene in 2009, but it wasn’t until 2013 that she released Johnny. The hit song ‘Johnny’ currently holds YouTube record for the most watched African Female (secular) video of all time And the 15th most watched African music video of all time.

YEMI ALADE

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Yemi Alade’s debut studio album King of Queens was released on October 2, 2014, by Effyzzie Music Group.

The deluxe edition of King of Queens was released in November 2014, and contains French versions of songs originally performed in English.

Alade’s second studio album Mama Africa was released on March 25, 2016, by Effyzzie Music Group. The album is the follow-up to her debut studio album King of Queens (2014).

In July 2019, Alade was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s compilation album The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno. Rolling Stone magazine revealed that Alade also recorded a verse for an earlier version of “My Power” in June.

14. Davido – If (Nigeria)

Over 155 Million views

With a record view of over 151 million, IF by Davido is the 14th most watched African music video on youtube.

13. Die Antwoord – ‘I Fink u Freeky’ (South Africa)

Over 177 million views

Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group comprises of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and producer God. Their song ‘i fink u freeky’ was released in 2012 and currently is the 13th most viewed african music video on Youtube, with over 176 million views on youtube.

12. Tekno – Pana (Nigeria)

Over 184 million views

Undoubtedly the greatest song of tekno’s career.
Pana is the fifth most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube and the 12th most viewed African music video on YouTube with a whopping 181 million views.

TEKNO

Top 10 Most Viewed African Music Videos on Youtube updated

Tekno Miles was first signed under K-Money Entertainment. His first single titled “Holiday” was released under the imprint. With featured vocals from Davido, “Holiday” was positively accepted and gained massive airplay.

In 2013, after he signed a recording contract with Made Men Music Group, he released singles like “Dance” and “Anything” which won him a nomination in the “Best New act of the Year” category at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.

In 2015, Tekno Miles released his hit single titled “Duro” which was positively received both in Africa and in the USA.

In July 2019, Tekno was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s compilation album The Lion King: The Gift, alongside Yemi Alade and Mr Eazi.

11. Die Antwoord – Ugly Boy (South Africa)

Over 190 million views

With over 188 million views, Ugly Boy by Antwood is the third most viewed South African music video on Youtube and the eleventh most viewed African music video on YouTube.

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10. Innoss’B Ft Diamond Platnumz – Yope Remix (Congo)

Over 194 million views

Innoss’B

Innoss’B is a Congolese singer-songwriter, rapper, percussionist, and dancer from Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. The remix of his song Yope is the 10th most most watched African music video on youtube.

Innoss’B was born to a musical family – his mother was a church singer, his father was a pop music dancer and he first performed with his brothers in the group Maisha Soul. They trained at Yolé!Africa, a youth cultural center in Goma founded in 2000 by internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Petna Ndaliko Katondolo.

9. Burna Boy – Ye (Nigeria)

Over 202 million views

“Ye” is a song by Nigerian singer Burna Boy. It was released in 2018, as the sixth single from his third studio album Outside. The song was produced by Nigerian record producer Phantom and is currently the 9th most watched African music video on youtube. The song peaked at number 26 and 31 on Billboard’s Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay charts, respectively. “Ye” also won Song of the Year and Listener’s Choice at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.

8. Wizkid – Joro

Over 206 million views

Released in 2019, Wizkid’s Joro was produced by Nigerian record producer Northboi. The song which is currently the 8th most viewed African music on YouTube was certified Gold by Music Canada in 2022.

7. Sinachi – Way Maker (Nigeria)

Over 209 million views

Sinach, is a Nigerian-born gospel music singer, songwriter, and senior worship leader at Loveworld. Her song, “Way Maker”, is her most popular song till date judging from its views. Way Maker currently holds YouTube record for the most watched African Female video of all time And the third most watched Nigerian music video of all time, waymaker is also the most viewed Nigerian gospel music video on youtube.

Sinach

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Osinachi Joseph, known professionally as Sinach, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and senior worship leader at Loveworld. She has released several gospel hit songs, including “Way Maker”, “I Know Who I Am”, “Great Are You Lord”, “Rejoice” and “Jesus is Alive”. Sinach received a Bethlehem Hall of Faith certificate of commemoration during her visit to Israel in December 2017.

In March 2019, the visuals for “Way Maker” became the third Nigerian video to garnered 100 million views on YouTube behind Davido’s “Fall” and Yemi Alade’s Johnny”. “Way Maker” has been covered by multiple Christian artists such as Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Leeland, Bethel Music, and Mandisa. In September 2019, Sinach became the first gospel artist from Africa to tour India, headlining concerts with several thousands in attendance.

In May 2020, she became the first African artist to top the Billboard Christian Songwriters chart

6. Davido – Fall (Nigeria)

Over 247 million views

This song here was the one song that propelled Davido internationally. The song currently has a whopping 243 million views on youtube and is Davido’s most viewed video ever on youtube, and also the sixth most viewed African Music Video on YouTube.

DAVIDO

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Born in Atlanta and raised in Lagos, Davido made his music debut as a member of the music group KB International.

Davido rose to fame in 2011 with the release of “Dami Duro”, the second single from his debut studio album Omo Baba Olowo (2012).

In January 2016, Davido announced on Twitter that he signed a record deal with Sony Music.

Few months after signing with Sony, Davido founded the Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) record label. Dremo and Mayorkun are currently signed to the label.

In 2017 after he restructured his contract with Sony, Davido released five singles, including “If” and “Fall”. The former generated worldwide social media activity, while the latter became the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.

See Also: Top 10 Most Viewed Nigerian Music Videos on Youtube

Read also: Top 7 Nigerian Music Stars Who Were Born Rich

5. Die Antwoord – ‘Baby On Fire’ (South Africa)

Over 264 million views

Baby on fire by antwoord is the fifth most viewed African music video on Youtube and the second most viewed South African music video on youtube with a total of 263 million views. The video was Directed by NINJA and Terence Neale.

DIE ANTWOORD

Top 10 Most Viewed South African Music Videos on YouTube

Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group is composed of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser. Their image revolves around the South African counterculture movement known as zef.

In 2009, Die Antwoord released their debut album $O$ for free online and attracted international attention for their music video “Enter the Ninja”. After briefly signing with Interscope Records, in 2011 they founded their own label, Zef Recordz, and released their second and third studio albums: Ten$Ion (2012) and Donker Mag (“Dark Power”; 2014). In 2016, they released their fourth album Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid.

4. Burna Boy – On The Low (Nigeria)

Over 289 Million views

On the low by burna boy is the 4th most viewed african music video on youtube and the second most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube. The song was released on November 16, 2018. It is a fusion of Afrobeat and dancehall. The song was produced by Kel P and has been described as a mid-tempo love song. The accompanying music video for “On the Low” was shot and directed by Meji Alabi.

Burna Boy

most watched Nigerian music videos on youtube

Burna boy rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group internationally. His third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut.

In 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, and was announced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019; it won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2021, he finally clinched a Grammy for his Album Twice As Tall.

3. Ckay – Love Nwantiti

Over 305 million views

“Love Nwantiti” which was originally released as part of Ckay’s 8-track E.P became one of the best performing songs on the E.P and earned itself a remix with afro pop star Joeboy and Ghanaian singer Kuami Eugene which was released in 2020 and became a big hit all over the world thanks to tiktok. Love Nwantiti is the third most viewed African music video on youtube, it’s also the first Nigerian music video to cross 300 million views on YouTube

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2. Magic System ft Chawki – Magic in the Air (Ivory Coast)

Over 386 Million views

“Magic in the Air” is a 2014 single by Ivorian musical group Magic System, featuring Moroccan singer Chawki. The track which was released on 19 May 2014 currently isn’t just the most viewed West African music video on youtube, it is also the second most viewed African music video on youtube.

MAGIC SYSTEM

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Magic System is an Ivorian musical group from Abidjan. The group was founded in 1996 and comprises Salif “Asalfo” Traoré, Narcisse “Goude” Sadoua, Étienne “Tino” Boué Bi, and Adama “Manadja” Fanny.

Magic System’s recordings in the Zouglou dance style have featured in the charts throughout Africa (selling over 1.5 million CDs), the West Indies, and in France, where the band became one of the most popular modern African artists.

1. Master KG – Jerusalema Feat. Nomcebo (South Africa)

Over 519 million views

Master KG’s Jerusalema is the most Viewed African music video on YouTube. It’s also the most Viewed South African music video on YouTube.

The song was released on 29 November 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on 21 December. He later included the song on his second album of the same title, released in January 2020. After it went viral during mid-2020, garnering international reaction due to the #JerusalemaChallenge. A remix featuring Nigerian singer Burna Boy was released on 19 June 2020, propelling the song onto the US Billboard charts.

A second remix featuring Venezuelan singer Micro TDH and Colombian singer Greeicy was released on 17 September 2020.

MASTER KG

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Kgaogelo Moagi, known professionally as Master KG is a South African musician and record producer. His album Skeleton Move achieved acclaim including an AFRIMMA Award for Best Artist/Group in the African Electro category. He is also known as the pioneer of “Bolobedu” dance. In 2020, his song “Jerusalema”, featuring Nomcebo Zikode, went viral online, garnering international success.

See also

Top 15 Most Viewed Ghanaian Music Videos on Youtube (2022)





Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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