The 15 best Davido songs, ranked!
David Adeleke, well known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer who rose to fame in 2011 with his hit single ‘Dami Duro’. He’s one of the greatest African artists ever with many hit songs to his name. The 30-year-old singer has won prestigious awards such as BET, MOBO, Headies, AFRIMA, and more.
In this article, we put together the 15 best Davido songs so far. Enjoy!
15. ‘Fans Mi’ ft. Meek Mill
On ‘Fans Mi’, Davido displays his versatility to make good music even outside his original genre. His synergy with American rapper Meek Mill on this trap record is really outstanding. ‘Fans Mi’ introduced Davido to the American music market, which he would conquer few years later with another smash hit that further propelled Afrobeats as a genre to reckon with in the States.
Released in 2014, ‘Gobe’ is one of Davido’s most known songs. To date, this song makes people go crazy when it’s played in the club. It’s a dance record with very easy-to-remember lyrics.
One undeniable fact about Davido as an artist is that he’s a hit maker. Since gaining fame in 2011, there’s no single year Davido didn’t have a hit song or hit songs. Perhaps this is because he’s very hardworking or shall we say talented. Whatever it might be, Davido is undisputably a hit maker! ‘Skelewu’ is a song that can’t ever fade away.
12. ‘The Sound’ ft. Uhuru & DJ Buckz
Davido’s sound shifted with this song. It’s no coincidence why it’s titled ‘The Sound’. Teaming up with South African collective Uhuru and DJ Buckz, Davido not only delivered a smash hit song but also a song that screamed his growth as an artist.
11. ‘Dami Duro’
All thanks to this song, Davido had his big breakthrough in the Nigerian music space in 2011. Produced by Shizzi and Davido himself, ‘Dami Duro’ served as a follow-up single to his first official single ‘Back When’ featuring rappper Naeto C.
10. ‘Coolest Kid in Africa’ ft. Nasty C
On ‘Coolest Kid in Africa’, Davido again displays versatility. He syncs so well with the South African rapper Nasty C. It reminds the listener of ‘Fans Mi’.
‘Aye’ remains one of Davido’s most popular songs ever. It was alleged that he bought ‘Aye’ from a fellow Nigerian artist, Runtown. The record was produced by TSpize, a producer affiliated with Runtown. ‘Aye’ won Hottest Single of the Year at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards and Song of the Year at The Headies 2014. According to Pitchfork, ‘Aye’ ‘is perhaps the sweetest song of devotion yet written’.
8. ‘Blow My Mind’ ft. Chris Brown
Davido and Chris Brown linking up in 2019 produced the hit song ‘Blow My Mind’. ‘Blow My Mind’ really blew everybody’s mind when it dropped. Chris Brown’s flows and Davido’s hook on the song are top-notch.
7. ‘Like Dat’
2017 Davido is one of the best things to ever happen to Nigerian entertainment space. In only 2017, Davido delivered no fewer than 4 hit songs. Hit songs! And ‘Like Dat’ was one of them. It’s written by Teni, produced by Shizzi, and performed by Davido.
6. ‘Risky’ ft. Popcaan
‘Risky’ started from a freestyle Davido did during an interview on Shade 45. The freestyle was made fun of across social media platforms. But, Davido knew he had a hit song there. He linked up with Jamaican artist Popcaan and together dropped ‘Risky’, which was a great remake of the freestyle. In the end, Davido had the best laugh, for everyone who mocked the freestyle ended up dancing to ‘Risky’.
‘Assurance’ is an ode to Davido’s true life lover Chioma. The lyrics are so catchy and understandable. The music video features Davido and Chioma and was shot by prolific video director Meji Alabi.
As said earlier, Davido was on an entirely different level in 2017. The Fresh-produced ‘FIA’ came out late 2017 and was an instant hit that lit up dance floors.
After signing a deal with international label Sony Music in 2016, Davido released a mixtape which was averagely successful. The reason for that is, Davido was made to change his sound. Davido realizing that his home-based fans weren’t happy with his releases teamed up with fellow Nigerian singer and producer Tekno and delivered ‘If’. ‘If’ immediately became a national anthem in Nigeria and made notable entries in many countries’ charts. Musically, Davido’s voacal delivery on ‘If’ is one of his best yet!
2. ‘Stand Strong’
‘Stand Strong’ was released in mid 2022. It features American rock band The Samples. The lyrics are thoughtful and different from any song Davido has ever written. Quotable lines are: ‘My fears are easier to face now (face now)/In the front of my haters/Steady chasing my paper/Sipping Martel with no chaser/My steps are guided by Jehovah/And 44 looking over/Dem no fit stop us, I know that/And every show is a shutdown.
‘Fall’ is Davido’s most successful single yet. It was released in 2017. The music video became the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views and 200 million views on Youtube. It also officially became the longest-charting Nigerian song in Billboard history. ‘Fall’ is cerified Gold in the United States.
What are your favorites from these 15 best Davido songs?
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