Top African Music Songs


Rank All Time Artist Song Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
476
Fela and Africa 70 Zombie Afrobeat 1976
2
1064
Manu Dibango Soul Makossa Makossa Jazz-Funk 1972
3
1699
Youssou N'Dour Immigres/Bitim Rew Mbalax 1984
4
2129
Vampire Weekend Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa Afrobeat Indie Pop 2007
5
2612
DJ Mujava Township Funk Kwaito 2008
6
2756
Miriam Makeba Pata pata Marabi 1967
7
2936
Solomon Linda Mbube Mbube 1939
8
3264
Khaled Didi Pop Ra 1992
9
3400
Mory Kanté Y K Y K Mande Music 1987
10
3637
Khaled Aïcha Pop Ra 1996
11
3825
The Very Best feat. Ezra Koenig Warm Heart of Africa East African Music 2009
12
4290
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 Water No Get Enemy Afrobeat 1975
13
4354
Cesria vora Sodade Morna 1992
14
4663
King Sunny Adé 365 Is My Number/The Message Jj 1982
15
5705
King Sunny Adé Ja funmi Jj 1982
16
5953
Fela Coffin for Head of State, Pt. 2 Afrobeat 1981
17
6099
Chaba Fadela N'Sel Fik Ra 1983
18
6318
Hugh Masekela Grazing in the Grass Afro-Jazz Soul Jazz 1968
19
6412
Orchestra Baobab Coumba Wolof Music 1982
20
6635
Rachid Taha Rock El Casbah Pop Ra 2004
21
6813
Rachid Taha Ya Rayah Algerian Chaabi 1997
22
6864
Sons of Kemet My Queen is Harriet Tubman Afro-Jazz Jazz-Funk 2018
23
7363
Youssou N'Dour Li ma weese (As in a Mirror) Mbalax 2002
24
7754
Tony Allen Asiko Afrobeat 1999
25
7871
Amadou & Mariam Senegal Fast Food Tishoumaren 2004
26
8066
Bembeya Jazz National Armee Guineenne Mande Music 1968
27
8458
Amadou & Mariam Le Ralit Mande Music 2004
28
8470
Cesria vora Petit Pays Morna 1995
29
8817
Tinariwen Cler Achel Tishoumaren 2007
30
9308
Fela Original Sufferhead Afrobeat 1981
31
9615
Fela Kuti Roforofo Fight Afrobeat 1972
32
9687
Oumou Sangare Moussolou Wassoulou 1991
33
9728
King Sunny Adé Sunny ti de Jj 1972

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10000:
Youssou N'Dour & Etoile de Dakar Ouadjour/Wadiour Mbalax 1982
Prince Nico Mbarga Sweet Mother Highlife 1976
M'Bilia Bel Eswi yo wapi Soukous 1983
Nass el Ghiwane Mahmouna Amazigh Music, Gnawa 1983
Brenda Fassie Vuli ndlela Kwaito 1998
Salif Keita Tekere Mande Music 1995
Salif Keita Yambo Mande Music 2005
Mahmoud Ahmed Mela Mela/Er Mla Mla Tizita 1973
Geraldo Pino and The Heart Beats Heavy, Heavy, Heavy Afro-Funk, Afrobeat 1974
Osibisa Music for Gong Gong Afro-Funk Jazz-Rock 1971
Mulatu Astatke Ykrmo Sw Ethio-Jazz 1969
M.I.A. Come Walk with Me Kuduro Art Pop, Electropop 2013
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Sorrow Tears and Blood Afrobeat 1977
Grand Kalle et l'African Jazz Independance Cha Cha Soukous 1960
Fela Kuti Lady Afrobeat 1972
Salif Keita Yamore Mande Music 2002
Babatunde Olatunji Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Drums of Passion) Yoruba Music 1960
Orchestra Baobab Jin Ma, Jin Ma Wolof Music 1978
Papa Wemba Mama Soukous 1997
Fever Ray IDK About You Kuduro Art Pop, Deconstructed Club 2017
Orchestra Baobab Utru horas Wolof Music 1982
Konono No. 1 Paradiso Tradi-Modern 2005
Baaba Maal Daande lenol Fula Music 1992
Buraka Som Sistema Sound of Kuduro Kuduro 2008
Bhundu Boys Hatisitose Chimurenga, Jit 1986
Fela Anikulapo Kuti Shuffering and Shmiling Afrobeat 1977
Rokia Traor M'Bifo Mande Music, Wassoulou 2003
Ali Farka Touré Dofana Songhai Music Blues 1993
Fela Kuti I.T.T. (International Thief Thief) Afrobeat 1979
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté Naweye Toro Mande Music, Songhai Music 2005
Orchestra Baobab Mouhamadou Bamba Wolof Music 1980
Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa 70 Expensive Shit Afrobeat 1975
Orchestra Makassy Mambo Bado Muziki wa dansi 1982
Dollar Brand Blues For a Hip King Cape Jazz 1976
Dollar Brand Mannenberg Cape Jazz 1974