Spotify Wrapped: Asake, Davido, Arya Starr dominate Nigeria’s music scene in 2023

Godfrey Elimian
Spotify Wrapped: Asake, Davido, Arya Starr dominate Nigeria’s music scene in 2023
Artistes that dominated the Nigerian music scene in 2023: Asake, Davido, Arya Starr dominate. SOurce: Spotify

In this year’s edition of Spotify Wrapped, Spotify’s highly anticipated annual recap of listeners’ musical journeys, Asake, Burna Boy, and Davido have emerged as the most streamed Nigerian artists for the year.

According to data released, the songs ‘Lonely at the Top’ by Asake, ‘Gwagwalada’ by BNXN, and ‘Feel’ by Davido are currently the most streamed songs in Nigeria. Additionally, Arya Starr, a popular artist from Marvin Records, has been named the most streamed Nigerian female artist in 2023.

According to Spotify, this year’s Wrapped showcases the remarkable diversity of music and the passionate listening habits of Nigerian music enthusiasts. This immersive experience provides users with a comprehensive overview of their year in music, allowing them to reflect on their preferences and discover hidden gems.

As the year comes to a close, the round-up takes users on a personalised journey through their favourite songs, artists, albums, and genres that defined their musical experience in 2023. Nigeria once again echoed with a vibrant tapestry of musical voices as talented artists emerged and reigned supreme on the charts.

For the third year in a row, Nigerian artists and songs make up Nigeria’s top ten most streamed artists, a true showcase of Nigeria’s pride in their own music.

Nigeria is a hotbed of musical talent, and we’re incredibly proud to showcase the diversity and passion of Nigerian music lovers through Wrapped,” said Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa. “This year’s Wrapped is a testament to the power of music to connect people and bring them closer to the culture and traditions of Nigeria.”

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Spotify Wrapped: Afrobeats reign supreme in 2023

In 2023, Nigerian music took the world by storm, reaching unprecedented heights and breaking down barriers.

Rema, one of the genre’s brightest stars, has had an extraordinary rise to fame. His collaboration with American pop star Selena Gomez on the hit single ‘Calm Down’ has won him legions of fans worldwide and has become the first African-led single to reach a billion streams on Spotify.

A landmark achievement for African artists, this song is the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artist to feature on the top 10 chart of most streamed recordings globally on Spotify. It also tops the Nigerian song export chart, solidifying its position as a global musical phenomenon.

Rema and Asake have also cemented their positions as Afrobeats’ global ambassadors, with Rema holding the title of the most globally exported artist and Asake captivating audiences across Nigeria, Ghana, and Togo, earning him the coveted title of most streamed artist in each country.

This continued international success further underscores the enduring appeal of Afrobeats as the most exported genre of the year.

Asake most streamed Nigerian artist on Spotify 2023

Asake’s dominance continued in the Top 10 most streamed tracks, with three of his hits – Lonely At The Top2:30 and Amapiano making the cut. His reign extended to the Gen Z demographic, with Asake becoming the most streamed artist among Nigerian and Ghanaian Gen Z listeners. His song Lonely At The Top further cemented his popularity among Nigerian Gen Zs, topping the charts for their age group.

Interestingly, Mohbad secured a position in the top 20 list of the most streamed artists in Nigeria, attributed to an increased interest in his music following his untimely death. His track, ‘ Ask About Me’ was the top streamed track every day between the 13th and 25th of September.

Arya Starr stars as Nigeria’s most streamed female artist

On the list of most streamed female artists, Spotify RADAR alumnus and 1st time Grammy nominee, Ayra Starr clinched the title of the most streamed female artist in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Mercy Chinwo, a gospel artist, secured a spot among the top 10 most streamed female artists in Nigeria, underscoring the enduring popularity and influence of gospel music.

The throwback charts for 2023 were dominated by the legendary 2Pac, with his song Hit ‘Em Up – Single Version and album Greatest Hits securing the top spots. This resurgence of interest in 2Pac’s music is likely due to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the numerous headlines surrounding his death this year, and his enduring status as one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time.

As a result, many Nigerians turned to Spotify to stream his music, solidifying his position in the charts.

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On top local podcasts in the hearts of Nigerian listeners, the spotlight falls on Apostle Joshua SelmanKOINONIA with Apostle Joshua SelmanThe HonestBunch PodcastI Said What I SaidTea with Tay, and Koinonia Experience With Apostle Joshua Selman (ENI).

The leading position of these podcast shows comes as no surprise, given their widespread popularity among youth, especially Gen Zs and Millennials. Their popularity can also be attributed to their engaging and entertaining content, their keen awareness of trending subjects, and their unfiltered and candid conversations.

Here’s what the Spotify Wrapped data says about Nigeria’s listening habits in 2023:

The demand for local music in Nigeria continued to skyrocket, with consumption growing by an impressive 284%. Average streams of female artists in Nigeria experienced a remarkable 150% surge year-on-year.

Music lovers in Nigeria turn up the volume on Fridays, with 3 pm being the most popular time to indulge in their favourite tunes Rema topped the list of most searched queries, while Burna Boy topped the list of both most searched artists and most viral artists. Asake’s Lonely At The Top claimed the first spot on most viral tracks

Eligible users can access their personalised 2023 Wrapped experience exclusively in the Spotify mobile app (iOS and Android) and also this year via web view on mobile or desktop by heading to

Additionally, Spotify has also launched its WrappedCreator experience for podcasters and artists.  With access to their own individualised Wrapped microsite experience, creators can dive into all the ways in which their fans listened this year.

The full breakdown of the top Spotify Wrapped lists is below:

MOST STREAMED ARTISTS IN NIGERIAMOST STREAMED FEMALE ARTISTS IN NIGERIAMOST STREAMED TRACKS IN NIGERIA Asake Burna Boy Davido Seyi Vibez Omah Lay Bnxn Rema ODUMODUBLVCK Olamide Wizkid  Ayra Starr Tiwa Savage Tems Rihanna SZA Billie Eilish Nicki Minaj Doja Cat Libianca Mercy Chinwo Lonely At The Top – Asake GWAGWALADA – Bnxn ft Kizz Daniel & Seyi Vibez  FEEL – Davido 2:30 – Asake reason – Omah Lay Party No Dey Stop (with Zinoleesky) – Adekunle Gold soso – Omah Lay DECLAN RICE – ODUMODUBLVCK KANTE (feat. Fave) – Davido Amapiano – Asake ft Olamide

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