2006 may seem like yesterday but don’t let anybody fool you into a baby boy or girl mindset.
You are old.
To fully grasp the concept of how much time has passed, here are 20 chart topping songs that you rocked to exactly 10 years ago.
Angel of my life – Paul Play
Paul Play’s 2006 album Hitsville stands till date as one of the best produced and recorded R&B albums out of Nigeria. Angel of my life was a beautifully written major highlight of the album.
Olufunmi – Styl Plus
The R&B number was the lead single off Styl Plus’ debut album Expressions. The trio of Shiffy, Tunde and Zeal supply vocals over heavy pop drums and a solemn violin to create one of the best songs to ever come out of the Nigerian music industry.
Crowd Mentality – M.I
Although, M.I’s Talk about it album didn’t come until nearly 2 years later, the first single off the album was Crowd Mentality. The song gained major airplay on radios and bagged the rapper a nomination for the highly coveted Headies Next rated catergory in 2007.
Searching – OJB Jezereel
After establishing himself as a gospel artist, OJB’s Searching was a love ballad that fully crossed him over into the mainstream market.
Emi Le Gan – Sasha
Although Sasha had been making waves with the members of her former label Tyrbesmen, Emi Le Gan was her first major hit as solo artist.
Stylee – Jimmy Jatt
Jimmy Jatt’s debut compilation album The Defination was released in 2006 with Stylee as its lead single. The song featured vocals from rappers Mode 9 and Ela Joe. The main highlight of the song however came with 2face’s verse and an unforgrettable lyrical chorus.
Resonance – Chinwe Ike
Gospel singing duo, Resonance broke into the Nigerian music scene with this gospel number titled Chinwe Ike from an album of the same name.
Sample (Ekwe) – Stereoman
2006 notably marked the reduced presence of music of Ajegunle origins in the industry but this was not before singer Stereoman found fame with this street hop song titled Sample.
Danfo Driver – Danfo Driver
Riding on the popularity of a street dance style called “Suo”, the duo of Mad Melon and Mountain Black, achieved fame with this ragga dancehall song.
Motherland – Sound Sultan
Sound Sultan’s acoustic Motherland tells a familiar story of the search for greener pastures in another country.
Ijoya – Wierd MC
This Don Jazzy produced masterpiece was released in 2006 by rapper Weird MC. The song however achived most of its fame from an animated video that was the first of its kind at the time.
E Dey Pain Me – Blackface
In the aftermath of the Plantashun Boiz split, Blackface retains his place as one of Nigeria’s finest lyricist with this concious number which features dancehall star, Mallam Spicey.
Shayo – Durella
Shayo officially launched the career of the self-proclaimed King of the Zanga, Durella in 2006.
No Shaking – 2face
If you never heard this song, you must have been living under a rock. No Shaking was the lead single of 2face’s Grass 2 Grace sophomore album. The song is a powerful go-getter’s anthem and lead single to the album that made 2face’s status as a powerhouse unquestionable.
Jogodo – Prof Linkin
This stoner favourite by Prof Linkin titled Jogodo was another street anthem.
Fuji – Darey Art Alade
Backed by instrumentation with hints of afro-asian drums and guitar chords, Darey’s Fuji was a the perfect hit from the multi-talented serial experimenter.
Never Far Away – Lagbaja
2006 was the year for love songs, and nobody can forget this beauty song from Lagbaja and frequent collaborator, Ego.
Why me – D’banj
After rising to fame in 2004 with his debut album No Long Thing in 2004, D’banj sealed his place as an house hold name in Nigerian music with the release of the lead single off his Funk U Up album, Why Me.