Nigerian music has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with many Nigerian artists gaining international recognition. YouTube is one of the most popular platforms for music videos, and many Nigerian music videos have amassed millions of views. Here are the top 10 latest most watched Nigerian music videos on YouTube. Also check out Top 15 Most Viewed Ghanaian Music Videos on YouTube (Updated)
Below are the top 17 most watched African music videos on YouTube.
Top 20 Most Viewed Nigerian Music Videos on Youtube (Updated: 2023)
18. Wizkid – Come Closer
Over 136 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.
17. Korede Bello – Do Like That
Over 138 million views
As at the time this song was released, it was the most played song on both TV and radio. Nominations garnered by ‘Do like that’ include; City People Music Award for Music Producer of the Year, City People Music Award for Popular Song of the Year. The video is currently the 17th most watched Nigerian music video on youtube.
16. Runtown – Mad Over You (Nigeria)
Over 157 million views
This here is the one song that propelled Runtown internationally. In 2017, it was the most popular song in Nigeria. Currently, the song has an astonishing 157 million views on YouTube, making it the 16th most viewed Nigerian music video on the platform. Runtown’s incredible talent and the widespread appeal of this song have undoubtedly had a significant impact on the music industry, establishing him as a prominent figure in the field.
15. Yemi Alade – Johnny (Nigeria)
Over 159 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 second most watched African Female (secular) video of all time and the 15th most watched Nigerian music video of all time.
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. Wizkid – Essense (Nigeria)
Over 168 Million views
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.
13. Davido – If (Nigeria)
Over 172 Million views
Davido’s hit single “IF” has achieved remarkable success on YouTube, amassing an astounding record of over 172 million views. The song’s captivating melody and infectious rhythm have struck a chord with fans worldwide, propelling it to become the 13th most-watched Nigerian music video on youtube.
12. Rudeboy – Reason With Me (Nigeria)
Over 194 Million views
Paul Okoye’s – known professionally as Rudeboy – song “Reason With Me” generated the highest views on YouTube in Nigeria in 2019. As of today the song is the 12th most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube with over 194 million views.
11. Tekno – Pana (Nigeria)
Over 202 million views
Undoubtedly the greatest song of tekno’s career.
Pana is the 8th most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube and the 11th most viewed African music video on YouTube with a whopping 202 million views.
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.
10. CKay – Love Nwantiti [Acosutic Version]
Over 227 million views
CKay puts a spin on his anthem ‘Love Nwantiti’ with this soothing acoustic version.The Nigerian singer and songwriter’s enchanting performance showcases his exceptional talent and versatility, enchanting listeners with a fresh perspective on the song. As a testament to its immense popularity, the acoustic version of ‘Love Nwantiti’ has garnered significant attention worldwide, making it the 10th most-watched Nigerian video on YouTube.
9. Burna boy – Last Last
Over 235 million views
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 235 million views on youtube and is the 8th most watched Nigerian music video on Youtube.
8. Sinachi – Way Maker (Nigeria)
Over 242 million views
Sinach, is a 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 second most watched African Female video of all time and the fifth most watched Nigerian music video of all time, waymaker is also the most viewed Nigerian gospel music video on youtube.
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.
7. Burna Boy – Ye (Nigeria)
Over 252 million views
“Ye” is currently the 7th most watched Nigerian music video on youtube with over 249 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.
6. Wizkid – Joro
Over 260 million views
Released in 2019, Wizkid’s Joro was produced by Nigerian record producer Northboi. The song which is currently the 6th most viewed Nigerian music on YouTube was certified Gold by Music Canada in 2022.
5. Ayaa Starr – Rush
Over 272 million views
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 currently the 5th most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube.
4. Davido – Fall (Nigeria)
Over 274 million views
This song here was the one song that propelled Davido internationally. The song currently has a whopping 274 million views on youtube and is Davido’s most viewed video ever on youtube, and also the fourth most viewed Nigerian Music Video on YouTube.
3. Burna Boy – On The Low (Nigeria)
Over 355 Million views
On the low by burna boy is the third most watched Nigerian music video on youtube and the 5th most viewed african 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.
2. Ckay – Love Nwantiti
Over 433 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 first Nigerian music video to cross 300 million views on YouTube and is currently the second most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube and the fourth most viewed African music video on youtube.
1. Rema – Calm down
Over 539 million views
“Calm Down” is a hit on Rema’s 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 Afrobeats music video on youtube and the most viewed Nigerian music video on youtube.