As today is the first of February, let’s take a look at the hottest songs that trended last month. If you are a music lover, you would have heard more than half, of not more.
1. DJ YK – Wa Wa Wa Warisi
This Warisi cruise beat song mix that has recently blown up into a trending sound and has also become a meme on the internet started trending in the third week of January.
What inspired DJ YK to make the cruise beat is due to a video that trended online showing a young man dancing with illuminated shoes and the voice of another man in the background hyping the dancer in a really funny way by improvising with his name and ad-libs as he went. The video then moved to Twitter where it became a full-on trend.
A few days later, popular record and dance beats producer, DJ YK, refixed the audio from the video and spun the hype from Warisi’s friend into the Warisi Cruise Beat that is now making rounds on the internet as well as in real life. The uptempo dance beat made it twice as contagious as even singer, Davido could not resist the trend, hopping on it by using the audio on his Instagram stories and even humorously addressing a friend in a video as ‘Warisi.’
2. Fireboy ft Ed Sheeran – Peru Remix
2021 was talented singer, Fireboy’s year as he enjoyed massive success with the release of the Shizzi produced Afropop tune Peru. The song warmed the hearts of millions of people not just in Nigeria, but all around the world ‘jamming from Miami to San Francisco’. To cap it all, despite calls from various quarters to feature Buju or Wande Coal on the remix, Fireboy made the rewarding decision to feature DSPs lover boy and British Grammy award winning superstar, EdSheeran on the official remix of the single. The remix which was released in December has become Fireboy’s biggest streaming hit till date. The remix pushed Peru to greater heights, achieving 5 million streams in a week, 10 million YouTube views within the same time frame and 10million streams on Spotify. The song is already certified silver in the UK, got co signs from the country “Peru” and is favored by critics to make the Billboard Hot 100. Peru is also the first song by a Nigerian artiste to reach no. 2 on the UK charts.
3. Portable ft Pocolee and Olamide – Zazoo Zeh
Zazu or Zazoo in Nigeria is being attributed to the Nigerian artist, Portable Omolalomi. It means a movement of some sorts — when something has happened. Released in December 2021, Zazoo is on its way to becoming one of the biggest Nigerian street pop songs. Unseating other ‘street’ songs, Zazu, like Warisi also became a slang in Nigeria. The song became known after a freestyle video of Portable was posted on Instagram. Portable thereafter linked up with dancer and hype man, Pocolee and Rapper, Olamide to deliver the jam Zazoo.
The song shot Portable into limelight and had him travel out of the Nigeria for the first time to perform.
4. Adekunle Gold – Mercy
Following the positive review of his single, High featuring superstar singer, Davido, Adekunle Gold announced the release of his fourth studio album titled Catch me If You Can. The album is preceded with the release of the single Mercy.
Mercy is a feel good track which interpolates the 90s classic single Denge Pose by Baba Fryo. The song is produced by Blaise beats and is housed on AG’s highly anticipated Catch me If You Can album.
5. Ruger – Dior/ Snapchat
Talented singer, Ruger unleashed exotic masterpiece track dubbed Snapchat and Dior in late 2021, although the video of Snapchat was released in January, it is one of the songs that rocked the month. Both tunes are taken from his most recent undertaking Second Wave EP. Not only did the songs trend on Snapchat, TikTok lovers turned it into a challenge and mimed to it.