Note: Only songs featuring Davido as a lead artiste were considered for this list. Features for other artistes and producers were not factored in this article.
On the Popcaan assisted track, he turns his infamous 2013 freestyle into a slow burner. Talk about making lemons into lemonade. We absolutely stan!
Speaking of album intros, it really doesn’t get better than A Good Time’s intro — “Intro”. A reflective piece, this song features Davido at perhaps his most personal and introspective. Fans love insight and “Intro” certainly gives that.
This wasn’t just a song; it was a moment for Nigerian pop culture. Who would’ve thought that buying a porsche for your fiance could be a great romantic gesture and a great marketing strategy? Pay attention kids. O.B.O is teaching.
17. Wonder Woman
Another song that deserved way more, this High life ballad was incredibly beautiful. An ode to strong women, we absolutely approve of this beauty.
16. Nwa Baby
Here Davido shows he cannot be boxed. It is the most daring OBO has been vocally as he belts for his life. Sing Davido, Sing!
The follow up single to 2011’s smash hit, “Dami Duro”, this Afropop jam is an absolute classic! Songs like this introduced us to Davido and for that, hold a special place in our hearts.
14. The Best (feat. Mayorkun)
Once again, Mayorkun proves himself to be the 2020’s most viable feature artiste in the country. With a catchy melody and great world play, this feels like a full circle moment for Mayorkun and Davido. Mayorkun says it himself. He learnt from the best, Davido.
13. Coolest Kid in Africa (feat. Nasty C)
Hip-hop stans, get in here! The hit single of his experimental EP, “Son of Mercy”, this trap burner had the guys bopping in the clubs. Nasty C was reliably perfect on this as well.
12. Tchelete (feat. Mafikizolo)
It’s 2014, and no group in Africa is hotter than the South African duo, Mafikizolo. Fresh off their hit single, “Khona”, Davido and Mafikizolo made Africa move again, with this one. We definitely see where Davido’s journey in Amapiano started from.
11. 1 Milli
Another wedding staple, the AG penned ballad, is one of the most beautiful Davido songs ever. As Davido said, it’s the “Assurance of 2020”, only so much better!
AG might’ve written this, but Davido performs it with a disarming honesty It’s a really beautiful song.
A lot of artistes jumped on the Shoki trend in 2011, but very few personalized it as well as Davido. Matched with its own variant of the Shoki dance, it’s no surprise that this was a club banger for most of that year.
The opening trumpets of this song herald the coming of “a better time”. Fueled by its biting lyrics, the Burna feud and it’s increased popularity in the #EndSARS protests, the song is on a path to becoming one of the biggest hits of 2020. We stan a hit maker!
8. Dami Duro
In many ways, this is where it all began. This was the birth of a super star and began his 10-year reign as a certified hit maker. It’s sizzling beat, fire verses and the iconic line, “Emi Omo Baba Olowo” make this an absolute classic!
Dami Duro may have put him next in line, but Gobe sealed it. Assisted by a hilarious video, the Afro Pop number went on to become one of the most successful songs of 2013. An entire bop!
6. Blow My Mind (feat. Chris Brown)
This is arguably Davido’s most effective collaboration. This song is perfection. The beat, verses and Chris Brown’s vocals elevate this song to art. Everyone came correct on this. Wurld supporting with the pen, Shizzi with the production, Davido and Chris, with the delivery. An undeniable bop, by all standards.
If Davido ever had a comeback single, this would be it. The Tekno produced banger brought the popstar back from a relative drought, introducing a new era in the music scene. Quite simply, this song changed the game. Everything about the song and its music video oozes class. We should watch out for Davido and his trumpets. (“If” and “Fem”). Everytime we hear them, it’s time for a new era of hits.
One of the most acclaimed songs of his career, it is arguably the most emotional track in Davido’s catalogue. Everyone sings about the “materialistic girlfriend”, but Davido sings with such sadness and sincerity, the song cuts straight through the heart. Every jilted man held this song close. It is simple, bare and absolutely stunning.
Davido may have made a lot of standout wedding songs, but “AYE” was different. The verses are full of beautiful platitudes, but the chorus takes your breath away. The accompanying music video is one of the most iconic in Nigerian music history. With this song, Davido made the biggest hit of 2014, but also did something more — O.B.O made the soundtrack to millions of lives. We absolutely stan.
2. Like Dat
One of the standalone singles released before his sophomore album, “A Good Time”, this Teni penned banger was a club stable. The verses are great, but it’s really the hook for us. The timing affected its commercial success but even Asa Asika knows “It’s a fucking good song.”
Quite simply, the pedigree of this song speaks for itself. It is the longest charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history. It’s corresponding music video is the most viewed music video of all time by a Nigerian Artiste and the song itself is certified Gold by the RIAA and Music Canada. In a career of full of monster hits, this is the “monster of monsters.”