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Songs by Adele, Banky W, Ed Sheeran, D’banj make Spotify Nigeria most playlisted love songs


Adele, Banky W, Ed Sheeran, D'banj
Adele, Banky W, Ed Sheeran, D’banj


As Valentine’s Day draws near, new data from streaming giant, Spotify shows the songs and artists that Nigerians are adding to their playlists to celebrate their loved ones.

Classic love jams from the past decade – by icons like John Legend, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are quick and easy favourites that feature among Nigerians’ most playlisted love songs, a trend that is consistent on the global scale. They sit side-by-side with familiar classics by Nigerian icons, D’Banj and Banky W, which feature prominently on the list as well.

John Legend’s ‘All Of Me’ is the favourite love song in Nigeria, a position it also takes globally. From first dates, to Tiktoks and proposals, All Of Me has been a global lovers’ favourite since its release. According to Spotify data, Nigerians have a strong appreciation for John Legend’s soulful lyrics, as this is not his only appearance on the list. He also shares a top 10 position with Meghan Trainor on her song, ‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You.’

Whether it’s heartbreak or the wistfulness of new love, British songstress Adele has a song for every facet of love. On a day when lovers are holding hands and sharing moments under the sun, ‘Make You Feel My Love’ feels like the perfect pick from her vast catalogue. Another British pop star, Ed Sheeran features in the top 10 with two songs among Nigeria’s most playlisted love songs – ‘Perfect’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’, which is no surprise given that globally, he occupies the top spot as the most playlisted love songs artist.

Social media trends and movie fandom also play a role, with Ruth B’s ‘Dandelions’ featuring among Nigeria’s favourite love songs following a viral run on Tik Tok and its subsequent re-release. ‘Rewrite The Stars’, Zendaya and Zac Efron’s contribution to “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack is also a fan favourite, earning it a spot just outside the top 10 most playlisted love songs among Nigerians.

Afrobeats itself, our grand cultural export, is effusive in its adoration of a love interest, so it’s no surprise that D’Banj’s ‘Fall In Love’ is one of the favourite love songs for Nigerians. Another decade-old classic, ‘Yes/No’ by Banky W, is joined by more recent favourites, Runtown’s ‘Mad Over You’ and Simi’s ‘Joromi’, proof that Nigerians love to express their love in familiar language.

Below are the full lists of most playlisted love songs in Nigeria and globally.

Top Love Songs – Nigeria

All of Me – John Legend
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Fall In Love – D’banj
Like I’m Gonna Lose You (feat. John Legend) – Meghan Trainor
Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur
Yes/No – Banky W
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Top Love Songs – Global

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