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Lagos leads other states as top music city in Nigeria — Spotify




There is no doubt that Nigeria is a country that loves music. Whether it’s a local or international sound, Nigerians will always find a way to vibe to it once it catches on. The recent research by Spotify makes this obvious.

In celebration of Nigeria Month, Spotify shares data on the top 10 music cities in Nigeria, along with other interesting insights.

As a genre, Afrobeats has come to be recognised as a dominant sound for Nigerian artists. South Africa’s Amapiano genre is also gaining momentum in Nigeria. Rave of the moment songs like Falz’s Squander, Davido’s High or Burna Boy’s Yaba Buluku adopt the hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge music associated with Amapiano.

Lagos State, the entertainment capital of Nigeria, is living up to its title as Spotify reveals that it topped other states, leading music listenership between the months of July to September 2021.

Excluding podcast listening, the top ten states in Nigeria and their cities, where music listening was highest under the period of review according to Spotify, include Lagos State; city of Lagos, Niger State; Suleja city, FCT; Abuja, Rivers State; Port Harcourt, Edo State; Benin City, Enugu; Enugu, Anambra; Onitsha, Kano; Kano, Oyo; Ibadan, Imo; Owerri.

Interestingly, the research by Spotify also revealed that the top three streaming states seem to have varying music tastes, with the top three songs in each state differing.

The number one song in the city of Lagos was Gbese by Positivv and Yung Felix, number two was Understand by Omah Lay and in the third place was Peru by Fireboy DML.

In Suleja, Niger State, Understand by Omah Lay was the most played song. Taking the second position was Feeling by Buju & LADIPOE and number three was Peru by Fireboy DML.

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While Mojo by Brondy16 was number one in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Ting by Brondy16 was number two and Understand by Omah Lay took the third position.

Other data showed that some of the most popular music artists in Nigeria include Wizkid, Omah Lay, Fireboy DML, Tems and Rema.

Conclusively, the research by Spotify makes it clear that Nigerians are tangibly showing the love for their nation, with local artists leading the charge in listening trends.


​Joan Aimuengheuwa is a content writer who takes keen interest in the scopes of innovation among African startups. She thrives at meeting targets and expectations. Contact: [email protected]

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