Devil Is A Liar by Colton Dixon: You know what makes this song work so well, aside from the fact it is a truth that we need to hear right now? It's how the melody and the lyrics match so perfectly. It's how Colton Dixon convincingly delivers line after line, like he is trying to assure himself, the singer, along with the listener. The track plays like a chant. Like a catchy power-to-the-people anthem that plays over and over in your head. Except this time we are taking power away from the devil.
Why by T-Classic: Afro beats are a dime a dozen, but this track is a little more. You can hear T-Classic's angst not just in the lyrics, but in. Every. beat. You almost feel a little bad for dancing when he is pouring his heart out. Almost. But not quite. 😉
0903 by EMO Grae, Buju: Awwwwww. 😭😭I think that's all I got. This Nigerian love song crooners will not kill us. They are truly, as chike's album title says, the Boos of the Boo-less
Intentions - Acoustic by Justin Bieber: I didn't think Intentions could get better. I was wrong. Yes, the original has a nice bop. But very few things compare to Justin and a guitar. He knows it. Scooter knows it. So here we are. In this track, Justin's voice is the beat and he hits every single one so cleanly.
Insecure by chike: This song has been on my list for over a month now. I think I might be addicted.
four and five by Zubi, MYAN: Oh man, the feels. If you were looking for a wedding dance song (for after this coro wahala), please stop your searching. You have found it. It is this one. This song is as close to perfect as...you know what? This song is perfect. Period. Zubi and MYAN were ordained to sing this song together. I am tearing up a little as I am writing this.
Fever by Iyanya: Okay, Iyanya, I see you. I see you. 👀 "As I dey dance/na she be music." This is an actual lyric from the song. Iyanya, ah-ah, please take it easy with our isolated hearts.
AWAY by Oxlade: This track is nothing short of innovative. The melodious drums, that sweet alto sax/electric guitar/ I-am-not-even-sure-what-it-was sound at the end was out of the world. You heard it here first: if an afro-pop song is 2 minutes long, it is certifiably sweet.
Farabale by 1da Banton: I believe you, 1da. 😭😭 Mo ti farabale.
Control by Jesse10s, Limoblaze: Where Limoblaze goes, amazing beats follow. Period. This song teaches us three important things: 1. Jah controls all, 2. Jesse and Limo finna burn up this track, and 3. No one does it quite like Africa 😉