2021 has been quite the year for Nigerian music. Nigerian music broke the international scene heavily and commercially. Gospel music has been a part of this move with major collaborations and events. The consistency at churning out music and imbibing excellence has drastically improve.
The need for gospel musicians to do more is still a topic to be addressed but not today. Today, we are going to be looking at some of the biggest songs in the gospel scene for 2021.
While it was not an easy task scrutinising the entire gospel songs released in 2022, we put into consideration songs with:
1. Great Traction
2. Numbers across streaming platforms
3. Influence across the media space and more.
This article is entirely the opinion of the writer and we hope it meets your expectation .
In no particular order let’s get into it;
1. Jireh – Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music
It’s no surprise Jireh is one of the biggest songs of 2021, as it’s a product of what happens when two giant gospel bands merge to make a song. Written by Christopher Joel Brown, Steven Furtick, Chandler David Moore and Naomi Raine, ‘Jireh’ was performed by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music.
Dominating the charts since its release, Jireh has spent 37 weeks on the billboard gospel chart and peaking at number one severally. A song of worship sung in literally every believers gathering and congregation, it definitely tops the spot in the biggest gospel songs of 2021.
2. YAH – Dunsin Oyekan
“So La Do Re Mi” are perhaps the most popular sofa notes in the year 2021, just in case you do not understand the sofa notes, watch the video below and get it. “YAH derived from the word “Yahweh” a Hebrew name for God, is a song by Minister Dunsin Oyekan off his album ‘THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM’.
The song gained major traction this year, amassing 1.9 million views on youtube and great numbers on other platforms. The reception of Minister Dunsin Oyekans first of the year has earned it a spot in the biggest songs of 2021.
3. Miracle – Moses Bliss ft. Festizie & Chizie
Moses Bliss seems to be an expert in releasing record breaking songs and is not looking to stop soon. Miracle is a song by award winning, Moses Bliss and he features Chizie and Festizie. Since its release in September, the song has garnered major numbers across major streaming platforms, amassing more than 700,000 views on youtube.
4. Everyday – Lecrae Ft Limoblaze & Jidenna
Lacrae & Jidenna are tapping in the rising Afro gospel sound faster than some Nigerians. You’re probably wondering why this song is on this list but if it was big enough to gain early nominations for the grammys, it’s definitely big enough to make it to the list. Everyday is a song by Lecrae featuring Limoblaze (always coming through with the fire hook) and Jidenna (one who is not new to the Afrobeats sound).
If you have always wondered what Lacrae would sound like on the Afro gospel sound then this is the song to feed your curiosity.
5. Praise the Lord – Mr M & Revelation
Undisputedly one of the best musical bands in Nigeria, it’s no surprise Mr M & Revelation they created one of the biggest songs of the year 2021. “Praise The Lord” written and recorded by Nigerian Gospel ministers, Mr M & Revelation was released in March 2021.
A praise medley to glorify God, for His blessings, kindness and marvellous power, recorded in the Igbo language and English. Apparently a lot of Nigerians are big fans of the native igbo sound (Ariaria) as the reception across streaming platforms was really impressive.
6. Energy – Greatman Takit
The rise of the Afro gospel community in the gospel scene is becoming more evident and this song by Greatman Takit titled “Energy” is a big proof. Greatman sure had a good run in 2021 and the song ‘Energy” doubles as the name of his 2021 project “Energy Ep” released earlier in the year 2021.
With better numbers on spotify and boomplay than 2020, Greatman has become a force to reckon with in the Gospel scene.
7. Iyanu A Sele – Tim Godfrey ft Tope Alabi & Pst E.A Adeboye
Contemporary Gospel artist, Tim Godfrey dropped a melodious soundtrack dubbed ”Iyanu A Sele” earlier in the year 2021 and he teamed up with Pastor E.A Adeboye and Tope Alabi.
Perhaps, the popular prayers of Pastor Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, at the beginning and end of the song is a major factor for the traction and popularity of the song or the amazing delivery of the BGVS and instrumentation or maybe the awesome rendition by Tope Alabi. It’s a lot to unravel but this was definitely one of the biggest songs of 2021.
8. Jehovah Over do – Chidinma
Nigerian renowned singer and former winner of music reality show, Chidinma Ekile switched from being a secular singer to becoming a gospel singer and the song “Jehovah Overdo” was her official debut single.
The singer joined top Nigerian gospel singers like Mercy Chinwo, Judikay, GUC etc on EeZeeTee Conceptz, one of Nigeria’s biggest gospel music labels. It’s no doubt that her are fame played a major role in the reception of this song.
9. Believe for it – Cece Winans
This is one of the songs with the longest duration on the billboard gospel charts. Peaking at number for more than 6weeks and staying on the chart for more than thirty weeks, Cece Winans make smash record with this one.
Unarguably one of the biggest hits of 2021 in the gospel scene world wide.
10. Osuba – Okopi Peterson
Talk about a song going viral before it’s release, Osuba became viral after Gospel singer Okopi Peterson performed the song during one song of His many ministrations. The song has been a blessing to many and the viral worship song is one of the biggest gospel songs in 2021.
2021 has set a template for what to expect come 2022, and we at NaijaGospelBeats are here to document the happenings in the gospel scene.