Wizkid At 30: Here are the superstar's best 30 songs apart from 'Ojuelegba'

Pulse selects Wizkid's 30 best songs for his 30th birthday.

Wizkid At 30: Here are the superstar's best 30 songs apart from 'Ojuelegba.'  [Instagram/WizkidAyo]

Today marks the 30th birthday of Nigerian superstar, Starboy himself, Mr. Ayo Balogun whom we all know as Wizkid.

Since launching onto the scene in 2008 with the bubbling under single, 'Mamiwata,' the man has gone from a Nigerian superstar to an African staple and now to a global star on the western stage.

For his 30th, he has announced two new singles, 'Smile' featuring Grammy-winning American singer, H.E.R and another with DJ Tunez.

As he marks his 30th year on earth, here are 30 of his best songs;

An underrated song from Wizkid's catalogue and a bonafide member of Wizkid's infamous 'hard drive songs,' it has an infectious beat and a catchy hook. Shout-out to Jay Sleek for the beat.

A song that came with a viral dance routine. The music was so good, it became Nigeria's soundtrack for the dance of Ghanaian roots.

A freestyle that was incredibly slept on, but the beat dropped during Wizkid's peak creative -2013/2014 - years when the music was lyrically everything Wizkid ate and drank.

Back to the matter was a collab with a then obscure Maleek Berry - at least, to the Nigerian audience. The song did rounds on airwaves and many hearts as it tickled the perverted tendencies on Nigerian youth.

A 'wash song' for the ladies and they duly lapped every last melody up.

A jam featured on the EME album. At the time, its video was the best thing since sliced bread. Shout-out to Sarz.

Arguably the most slept song on that Empire Mates State of Mind album. See, Wizkid is a beast.

The quintessential wedding anthem of 2014, the video was even of a wedding.

One of Wizkid's best songs ever- possibly his best collaboration. Period.

Often criticized for D'Prince's verse, but when you listen to it now, it has aged really well.

The Wizkid song with the greatest opening 20 seconds ever. Asides that, it was one of the songs that actually showed that Wizkid could write if he wanted to.

The ultimate party song with the incredible video. I think an underrated part of this song was the thought that went into Wizkid's outfit.

Lyrically disjointed from an average album, but a huge success outside Nigeria.

An even bigger wedding and 'wash' song.

A song that helped Wizkid transcend the Nigerian mainstream.

The 'Dumebi' of its time. Also introduced us to Wizkid's first major girlfriend.

A big song and an even bigger Femi Kuti. Rumour has it Femi was about to travel before he recorded that sax session. In the end, issa legendary something.

Another underrated Wizkid collab. An ode to the Yoruba man's weakness; the woman's behind. The result, a jam.

A crowd favourite.

An ode to mother's and a sentimental track that resonated in its way, The entire underwhelming edge to the album overshadowed the song's substance. The reggae edge also stuck out,

It caused a bigger controversy after Drake boycotted its video, but its status still remains.

The best song on Sounds From The Other Side.

Although it attracted cynicism when it dropped, but it slowly gained traction and became a hit.

One of the early songs that proved 'Baba Bolu's' R&B inclination. A lot of people might want him to go back to this.

A song that helped Wizkid gain traction in the west. Shout-out to Sarz for those strings.

Up for one of Wizkid's best song ever. It's a wonder how it never made an album.

A flash in the pan, but the point remains that it flashed and has a cult following.

A pretender that didn't quite crack the mainstream like Wiz intended, but a good song nonetheless.

For some reason, people love it.

While the song is polarizing, it's still a better song than 'Joro.'


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