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Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ Emerges as the Top Streamed Song in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2023

The dominance of Afrobeats in sub-Saharan Africa continues to be evident, with Nigerian mainstream music leading the charge in global recognition. Spotify’s 2023 list of the most streamed songs in sub-Saharan Africa features an impressive representation of Afrobeats, with eight Nigerian songs securing positions in the top 10.

Ruger’s sensational hit single, ‘Asiwaju,’ claims the top spot on the list, solidifying its status as a continental favorite. Ayra Starr follows closely at number 2 with her chart-topping ‘Rush,’ which not only enjoyed international success but also earned her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance.

Multi-award-winning artist Asake secures the fourth position with his hit single ‘Lonely At The Top,’ taken from his acclaimed sophomore album, ‘Work of Art.’ Omah Lay, recognized as one of the most streamed artists in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023, claims the fifth spot with his popular track ‘Soso.’


Davido, a prominent figure in the music scene, is the only artist with two songs on the list, with ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ entering at numbers 6 and 7, respectively.

The full list includes:

  1. Ruger – Asiwaju
  2. Ayra Starr – Rush
  3. Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Cecka RSA & Tyron Dee)
  4. Asake – Lonely At The Top
  5. Omah Lay – Soso
  6. Davido – FEEL
  7. Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
  8. Libianca – People
  9. Burna Boy – Last Last
  10. BNXN – GWAGWALADA ft Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

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