Happy 28th Birthday Davido:Top 10 Hits songs from the Music Superstar.
Nigerian music star, David Adedeji Adeleke was born on this day, in 1992. Ever since he came into the spotlight in 2011 with his hit song, Dami Duro, the singer has been a well-oiled hits producing machine. He has consistently released chart topping songs, signed international deals and won lots of awards. At 28, the singer has amassed the world with his talent. He has worked his way up the ladder of success and now sits comfortably as one of Africa’s biggest and most celebrated entertainer. His latest studio Album “A Better Time” is currently topping charts all over the world.
To celebrate his 28th birthday, let’s take a look at his top 10 Hits songs so far, based on viewers choice on top chats.
Although it’s still not an easy list to compile due to the fact that most of his songs are hits, but still, here we go:
“Fall” was released in June 2, 2017 as the second single from his second studio album “A Good Time” (2019). The song was produced by Nigerian record producer Kiddominant. Few weeks after its release ‘Fall,’ according to Rolling Stone magazine, was one of the top 100 most Shazam searched singles in America in January 2019, and was a top-10 record on Shazam in New York.
In February 2019, “Fall” became the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. As of March 2020, “Fall” had received over 40 million streams on Spotify, and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Music Canada. With over 100 million YouTube views and platinum rank by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), ‘Fall’ is inarguably one of Davido’s most popular songs.
‘If” was ghost-written, produced by Tekno and released in February 2017. The song was certified diamond by the recording Industry of South Africa, indicating shipments of 200,000 units. It also has over 77 million views on Youtube.
The phrase ‘30 billion for the account’ has become a popular slogan in the country and beyond. ‘If’ also earned the singer awards like Best African Act (MTV EMA), Best Worldwide Act, and Artist of the Year.
“Aye” a love song, released days before Valentine’s Day gave lovers something to celebrate Valentine with. The lyrics which separates true love from materialism quickly caught the attention of fans. Davido went ahead to win the prestigious Headies song of the year award in 2014 for Aye. Aye has over 53 million views on YouTube.
Late in year 2017, Davido released FIA which is another love song told in a comic way. Fia has also garnered over 59 million views on YouTube.
This single was released on 13 August 2013 and produced by Shizzi. It peaked at number 1 on Afribiz’s Top 100 chart. Premium Times newspaper ranked “Skelewu” fifth on its list of the top 10 songs of 2013. The popularity of skelewu cannot be separated from its unique dance step. At that time people were scampering to participate in what would have been tagged ‘Skelewu dance challenge’ today.
Ace footballers like Samuel Eto’o and Emmanuel Adebayo were caught dancing to the song. In September 2016, “Skelewu” appeared on Queen of Katwe’s soundtrack.
Davido is familiar with drama and keeps his love affair public. Earlier in 2018, Davido broke the Internet when he released the song ‘Assurance’ dedicated to his long-time girlfriend, Chioma. What thrilled fans the most is the Porsche with a custom plate number ‘Assurance’ the artist gifted his girlfriend. The song has over 36 million views on YouTube.
‘Back When’ is one of Davido’s breakthrough songs. It was the first off his debut album, ‘Omo Baba Olowo’. He featured established rapper, Naeto C on the track.
The single won him the 2012 ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Kora Awards.
Davido’s history of love songs began with Ekuro which was released in 2012. After making a hard entrance the previous year, Davido showed off his romantic side in Ekuro. The success of Ekuro paved way for other romantic hits.
As a way of reinstating his love for his one and only Assurance, Chioma, Davido came up with a love song that immediately turned a hit and anthem for every lover out there. Released in 2019 from the album “A good time,” The song was a hit as expected.
‘FEM’, is the first single from Davido’s third studio album, ‘A Better Time,’ The song immediately became a hit few hours after its released. It was the highest streamed song on every major streaming platform in the country.
Considering the quality of the song, it’s evident that it is going to bag the singer lots of awards as usual.
With these and more it’s certain that Davido is one of the greatest hit makers in Africa.
As he celebrates his birthday today, we at Afrobeats360 say a big Happy Birthday, wishing him longlife, more hits and lots of ‘better times’ ahead.
Cheers to Good Music!