Top 20 Most Viewed African Music Videos on Youtube (2024)

In recent years, the African music industry has seen a significant increase in the number of views on YouTube. Many African artists have gained international recognition and have amassed millions of views on their music videos. In this list, we will be taking a look at the top 20 most viewed African music videos on YouTube. These videos showcase the diversity and talent of African artists, and have captured the hearts of audiences all over the world. From Afrobeats to Amapiano, these videos represent some of the most popular and influential music coming out of Africa in 2024.

Below are the top 20 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: 2024)

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

22. Diamond Platnumz Ft Koffi Olomide – Waah! (Tanzania)

Over 147 million views

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Diamond Platnumz united with Congolese Soukus singer, Koffi Olomide to deliver this east African banger. The video was directed by Kenny for Zoom Extra and currently has over 147 million views on YouTube.

21. Runtown – Mad Over You (Nigeria)

Over 158 million views

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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 158 million views and is one of the most viewed African music video on Youtube.

20. Yemi Alade – Johnny (Nigeria)

Over 160 million views

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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 20th most watched African music video of all time.

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19. Wizkid – Essense (Nigeria)

Over 168 Million views

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In 2020, “Essence” was released as the fourth single from Wizkid’s fourth studio album, “Made in Lagos.” Notably, it made history as the first Nigerian song to chart on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Global 200. Additionally, the music video for “Essence” currently ranks as the 19th most viewed African music video on YouTube.

18. Davido – If (Nigeria)

Over 173 Million views

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With a record view of over 173 million, IF by Davido is the 18th most watched African music video on youtube.

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

Over 187 million views

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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 17th most viewed African music video on Youtube, with over 187 million views on YouTube.

16. Rudeboy – Reason With Me (Nigeria)

Over 197 million views

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Paul Okoye’s – known professionally as Rudeboy – song “Reason With Me” generated the highest views on YouTube in Africa in 2019. As of today the song is the 16th most viewed African music video on youtube with over 197 million views.

15. Die Antwoord – Ugly Boy (South Africa)

Over 200 million views

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With over 200 million views, Ugly Boy by Antwood is the third most viewed South African music video on Youtube and the 15th most viewed African music video on YouTube.

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14. Tekno – Pana (Nigeria)

Over 204 million views

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Undoubtedly the greatest song of tekno’s career.
Pana is the fifth most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube and the 13th most viewed African music video on YouTube with a whopping 204 million views.

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

Over 219 million views

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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 13th 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.

12. Burna  boy – Last Last (Nigeria)

Over 243 million views

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Burna Boy’s Last Last” was released through Atlantic Records on 13 May 2022 as the first single from his sixth studio album, Love, Damini. The song which samples American singer Toni Braxton’s 2000 single, “He Wasn’t Man Enough” currently has over 240 million views on youtube.

11. Sinachi – Way Maker (Nigeria)

Over 246 million views

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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.

10. Burna Boy – Ye (Nigeria)

Over 252 million views

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“Ye” is currently the 10th most watched African music video on youtube with over 250 million views. “Ye” was released in 2018, as the sixth single from his third studio album Outside and was produced by Nigerian record producer Phantom.

9. Wizkid – Joro

Over 260 million views

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Released in 2019, Wizkid’s Joro was produced by Nigerian record producer Northboi. The song which is currently the 9th most viewed African music on YouTube was certified Gold by Music Canada in 2022.

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

Over 271 million views

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Baby on fire by antwoord is the eight most viewed African music video on Youtube and the second most viewed South African music video on youtube with a total of 272 million views. The video was Directed by NINJA and Terence Neale.

DIE ANTWOORD

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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.

7. Ayaa Starr – Rush

Over 272 million views

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Released as her debut single on September 16, 2022, ‘Rush’ by Nigerian singer Ayra Starr has become an international sensation, causing a sensation after going viral on TikTok. This electrifying track, a part of Starr’s debut studio album ’19 & Dangerous,’ is the seventh most watched music video on youtube.

6. Davido – Fall (Nigeria)

Over 276 million views

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This song here was the one song that propelled Davido internationally. The song currently has a whopping 276 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

5. Burna Boy – On The Low (Nigeria)

Over 360 Million views

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On the low by burna boy is the 5th 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

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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.

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

Over 443 Million views

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“Magic in the Air” is a single released in 2014 by the Ivorian musical group Magic System, featuring Moroccan singer Chawki. The song was released on May 19, 2014, and it is currently the fourth most viewed West 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.

3. Ckay – Love Nwantiti

Over 451 million views

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“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 holds the third position among the most viewed African music videos on YouTube. It’s also the first Nigerian music video to cross 300 million views on YouTube

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2. Rema – Calm down

Over 561 million views

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“Calm Down” is a hit by Nigerian artist Rema, found on his first studio album “Rave & Roses” (2022). It dropped on Feb 11, 2022 via Jonzing World and Mavin as the album’s second single and topped charts in Europe, hitting #1 on Belgian Ultratop 50, Dutch Top 40, and Dutch Single Top 100. The song is currently the most viewed Afrobeat song on youtube and ranks second on the list of most viewed African music videos on YouTube.

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

Over 592 million views

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Master KG’s Jerusalema tops the list of most viewed African music videos 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.

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Uzonna Anele
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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