#YNaija2021Review: Omah Lay’s Understand, Nathaniel Bassey, Essence…Peep the 10 Biggest Music Videos of the Year

2021 was a year of recovery.

Sometimes it seemed like music was all we had to get us through the most trying times of the year. Thanks to stats made available by YouTube, these were the biggest and most popular videos of the year. Beyond viewership which obviously was the biggest criterion, YouTube considered other factors like engagement, shares and likes.

10. Understand- Omah Lay

New kid on the block Omah Lay continues his dominance of the pop charts with Understand, his plaintive ditty of love lost. Topshotta directed the video which has some striking moments and has amassed a respectable audience of 26 million views.

9. Jehovah Overdo- Chidinma

This year former pop chanteuse Chidinma announced her 360 degrees transition to full time gospel ministering. This radical transformation hasn’t appeared to have hurt her career so far as the video to her first gospel single Jehovah Overdo directed by Avalon Okpe has quietly amassed 17 million views since its May premiere.

8. Hallelujah Challenge Praise Medley- Nathaniel Bassey

In a difficult and exhausting year, gospel minister, singer and saxophonist, Nathaniel Bassey helped us get our church on with Hallelujah Again, his new album of praise and worship standards. The Hallelujah Challenge Praise Medley was a firm favorite with over 15 million viewers tuning in.

7. Bounce- Ruger

The eye-patch wearing Ruger was a major sensation thanks to the sweaty rhythm of Bounce, a no holds barred declaration of the act of copulation. Sex never sounded sexier than on Ruger’s Bounce. The video directed by Ahmed Mosh announced the arrival of a star. 20 million viewers agreed.

6. La La- Davido feat. Ckay

The Dalia Dias directed video for Davido’s La La, a duet with Ckay gathers more stars- JJ Okocha, Laycon, Oxlade- than it knows what to do with. But that did not stop 8.7 million people from checking it out. The story is a football match between Davido’s DMW gang and a Ckay fronted all-star team of opponents.

5. The Best- Davido feat. Mayorkun

Over 9.2 million viewers rocked with The Best, a highlight of Davido’s A Better Time album. Directed by Dammy Twitch, the music video pays homage to childhood favorite flick, The Karate Kid. Davido plays the role of the master and Mayorkun is the student, with both working to becoming their best selves. 

4. Ginger- Wizkid feat. Burna Boy

A collaboration with two of the biggest names in Nigerian pop music was always going to be a splash. The expressionist video for Ginger directed by Meji Alabi quickly amassed 28 million eyeballs. Wizkid and Burna Boy are performing in a sparse warehouse, assisted by an impressive team of back up dancers.

3. Essence- Wizkid feat. Tems

It made sense that the video for Essence, the biggest Nigerian song of the afrobeats era- maybe even ever- would also be a gigantic hit on YouTube clocking in at about 54 million views. Wizkid and Tems make for quite the seductive pair, giving off enough chemistry to light up Lagos for a month.

2. For You- Teni feat. Davido

The biggest hit of Teni’s Wondaland album is this Davido assisted duet in which the two singers trade earnest declarations of love. The Dammy Twitch directed video is fresh with a playful Bonnie and Clyde narrative. The sheer star power of Davido and Teni must have been enough to attract 16 million eyeballs.

  1. Running to You- Chiké feat. Simi

Simi brings new life to this favorite off Chike’s Boo of the Booless album. The video directed by Pink is not much to look at and has that modest Nollywood vibe with its tragic Romeo and Juliet love story at the center. But 33 million viewers are loving it.

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