Top 10 Best Musicians In Nigeria By Talent (2024 Ranking)

This article on the best musicians in Nigeria for 2024, is based on our expert analysis, taking into consideration factors such as lyrical prowess, popularity, international recognition, and overall singing talent.

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List of Top 10 Best Musicians in Nigeria as of 2024:

RankArtist Name
1Burna Boy
2Wizkid
3Kizz Daniel
4Asake
5Davido
6Omah Lay
7Rema
8Adekunle Gold
9Tiwa Savage
10Victony

1. Burna Boy

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Burna Boy tops our list as the best musician in Nigeria having solidified his status with multiple beautiful songs and accolades to back it up.

Burna Boy is a highly versatile musician who seamlessly blends various genres, such as Afrobeat, reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop, to create his unique sound.

The Grammy-winning artist has made history by being the first African to earn 200 million plays on Boomplay.

He is also the first African artist to receive RIAA certifications for songs from three different albums.

Burna Boy’s impact on the global music scene has been recognized by Apple Music, who named him their Up Next Artist in 2019.

He has also collaborated with international artists, such as Lil Durk, and Beyoncé, for whom he recorded “Ja Ara E” for The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album.

His albums, “Twice as Tall” and “African Giant,” have received critical acclaim for their musical innovation, insightful lyrics, and societal commentary.

“Twice as Tall” won the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album in 2021, and Burna Boy has also received several other awards, including BET Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, and The Headies.

In June, he delivered a sold-out concert at the West Ham United London Stadium in June, where about 80,000 fans witnessed his mesmerizing performance.

Burna Boy has played a significant role in the resurgence and evolution of Afrobeat, and his unique sound has contributed to the genre’s global popularity.

2. Wizkid

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Wizkid is rightfully considered the second-best musician in Nigeria according to our analysis.

Big Wiz as he is fondly called by fans is known for his exceptional music creativity and talent.

He is often credited as one of the pioneers of the Afrobeats sound.

Over the course of his career, Wizkid has released four albums and one EP, including “Superstar”, “Ayo”, “Sound from the Other Side”, “More Love, Less Ego”, and “Made in Lagos”.

“SFTOS” and “Made in Lagos” both gained favorable positions on various Billboard charts, with the latter peaking at number two on the US World Albums chart.

Wizkid is the first African artist to receive seven Billboard nominations and the first Nigerian to win three Billboard Awards.

His hit collaboration with Drake and Kyla, “One Dance”, earned him three awards, and in 2018, he became the first Afrobeats musician to make the Guinness World Records for his contribution to “One Dance”.

In addition, his collaboration with Beyoncé on “Brown Skin Girl” earned him an NAACP Image Award, making him the first Nigerian to achieve this feat.

3. Kizz Daniel

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Kizz Daniel whose real name is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, is a highly talented Nigerian singer who has made a name for himself as one of the best artists in the country.

Having started his career in the early 2010s, Kizz Daniel is known for churning out hit after hit that appeals to a wide range of music lovers.

Some of his most popular tracks include “Woju,” “Buja,” and “One Ticket” featuring Davido.

The success of his EP, ‘Barnabas’, has made him the first artist to achieve over 100 million streams on Boomplay music, making him the most streamed artist on the platform at present.

On Spotify, Kizz Daniel is the tenth-most popular Nigerian artist.

While in 2022, he was the third-most-popular Nigerian artist on YouTube Music, just behind Asake and Burna Boy.

Kizz Daniel’s incredible singing abilities have earned him fame and recognition, and in 2022, his two singles ‘Buga’ and ‘Cough’ became massive hits in Nigeria, gaining huge popularity on TikTok.

With the achievements he has garnered in the industry, Kizz Daniel has cemented his position as one of the most talented singers in the Afrobeats music industry today.

4. Asake

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Asake, whose real name is Ahmed Ololade, is a renowned new-age Afrobeat musician with a rapidly growing fan base.

His captivating vocals and catchy lyrics have earned him millions of followers worldwide.

Following the release of his debut album, Asake garnered over one billion streams on Nigeria’s five most popular streaming services in just three months.

In 2022, the Afrobeats singer dominated the Nigerian music charts with his collaborations with top celebrities like Tiwa Savage, Fireboy DML, Olamide, and others.

He is one of Africa’s most sought-after musicians, performing sold-out concerts in Nigeria, the UK, the US, and other parts of the world.

He sold out the O2 Academy Brixton three times in two years, demonstrating his popularity.

He was also the second-most-played Nigerian artist on iTunes, Spotify, and Boomplay, behind only Burna Boy, and was named Artiste of the Year by Audiomack.

5. Davido

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David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, is a top-rated singer in Nigeria who has had a tremendous impact on the music industry.

He gained widespread recognition in 2013 when his hit track ‘Dami Duro‘ became an instant sensation.

Since then, he has continued to churn out chart-topping songs that have earned him accolades as well as a massive fan base.

Davido went on to establish his own record label, DMW, which has produced some of the biggest music stars in Nigeria.

One of his most successful songs to date is “Fall,” which has the fifth-most-viewed music video on YouTube.

In 2022, Davido made history by being the first Nigerian artist to feature on a FIFA World Cup soundtrack before performing at the tournament’s closing ceremony held in Qatar.

In 2023, he released his fourth studio album, ‘Timeless’, which was a collaborative effort between his record label DMW, Columbia Records, and Sony Music Entertainment.

The album’s hit song, “Unavailable” featuring Musa Keys, was a global sensation and also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best African Performance.

Davido has been in the music industry for over a decade and has achieved a great level of success, making him one of the biggest artists in Africa

6. Omah Lay

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Stanley Omah Didia popularly known as Omah Lay makes it to number 6 on our list of the best singers in Nigeria.

He gained fame in 2019 and rose to widespread recognition with the release of his debut EP titled “Get Layd” in 2020.

The EP features hit tracks like “Bad Influence” and “You,” which contributed to his fast rise in the music scene.

In 2021, his debut song ‘You’ won him the coveted Next Rated Award at the 14th Headies Music Awards and is still a favorite among Afrobeats lovers.

Omah Lay’s album “Boy Alone” achieved the fifth-most first-day album listens on Spotify Nigeria in 2022.

Omah Lay’s music has achieved significant streaming milestones on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, reflecting his popularity among a global audience.

His collaboration with Justin Bieber on the song “Attention” also made history as the first single by a Nigerian to reach a million Spotify streams on the day of its release.

7. Rema

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Undoubtedly, Rema is one of the biggest musicians in Nigeria because of his extraordinary musical talent.

Within less than five years of entering the Nigerian music scene, the young artist has achieved remarkable success, establishing himself as a prominent figure in the world of Afrobeat.

Rema started his career at the age of 17, and within a few years, he released several super-hit songs and gained immense fame worldwide.

In 2019, Rema’s hit single ‘Dumebi’ topped the charts at number 1 on Apple Music Nigeria.

Later, his song ‘Iron Man’, which was part of one of his EPs, was featured on Former US president Barrack Obama’s summer playlist, adding to his recognition.

Rema’s debut studio album, ‘Rave and Roses’, debuted with 10 songs on the Billboard US Afrobeats Chart, consolidating his position as a rising star in the Afrobeat genre.

His distinctive sound and style have earned him international acclaim, leading to collaborations and accolades on global platforms.

Rema’s collaboration with Selena Gomez on the ‘Calm Down’ remix has become the most-played song on Spotify and recently went 3x platinum in the US, further increasing his fame and popularity.

In 2023, the talented singer was selected as one of the three performers for the halftime show at the All-Star Game, a recognition of his status as one of Nigeria’s best musicians.

8. Adekunle Gold

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Adekunle Gold, also known as AG Baby, is a renowned Nigerian Afrobeats singer and songwriter.

He rose to fame in 2015 after the release of his hit track “Sade,” which was inspired by One Direction’s “Story Of My Life.”

He was formerly signed to YBNL Nation and is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings.

Since gaining popularity, he has released five studio albums.

From a rising Highlife artist in 2014, Adekunle Gold has evolved into a confident Afro-fusion pop star, showcasing his talent in various genres while celebrating his success.

In 2023, he launched his fifth studio album, “Tequila Ever After,” which included the chart-topping single “Party No dey Stop.”

The song received critical acclaim and commercial success, with 3.12 million streams and 75.2 million radio plays, and it reached the number one spot on TurnTable Top 100.

Pulse Nigeria also voted it the best song of the first quarter of 2023.

9. Tiwa Savage

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Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian singer who has made a significant impact in the music industry with her astonishing musical talent.

She is celebrated for her soulful voice and captivating lyrics and has become a prominent figure in the African music scene.

Aside from her singing talent, Tiwa’s charming personality has also made her a well-known figure in the Nigerian music industry.

Under the Mavin Records label, Tiwa has released numerous chart-topping singles, albums, and EPs.

Her latest album, Celia, which dropped in September 2020, has already been streamed over 70,000,000 times on various streaming platforms.

In 2022, Tiwa performed her hit song “Keys to the Kingdom” at the coronation of King Charles in Windsor, England

10. Victony

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Victony is a Nigerian singer who is loved by fans globally for his melodious sound.

He made a name for himself in the music industry after being featured on Mayorkun’s hit song “Holy Father” in 2021, which topped several charts, including Billboard, and catapulted the artist into the limelight.

His hit song “Soweto” was one of the most sought-after Afrobeats sounds on TikTok, and he gained further acclaim when he was endorsed by Ed Sheeran during Fireboy DML’s November 2022 OVO Arena Wembley show.

In 2022, Victony received his first entry into the US Apple Music Top Songs with the song “Different Size” featuring Burna Boy.

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