Here are the top 20 songs from before 2000. Let's see if you can remember them, a little nostalgia wouldn't hurt, I think. Yes, it won't! 1. King Sunny Adé - Ori Mi Ja Funmi (1980) He is of royal background and started his career with a highlife band. It was once said that : "If you come to see Sunny Adé live, you must be prepared to groove all night." He has a lot of amazing tracks to his credit like 'Eri Okan', 'Ma Womi', amongst others. 2. Veno Marioghae - Nigeria Go Survive (1984) This Afro disco song was released by the Delta indigene detailing Nigeria's potentials alongside the problems, all in hope that 'Nigeria go survive one day'. 3. Blackky - Rosie (1991) Of all songs by Blackky, this one happens to be the best. It was played at night clubs very often with the lyrics like : "Can I have a dance? Rosie? Ah ah! My friends are watching me. Rosie? Ah ah! They will laugh at me, ah ah! 4. Daddy Showkey - Diana (1999) Popular Ghetto king and Galala master dropped this juggernaut heat which people fell in love with. 5. Mosorire - IK Dairo (1999) Dairo was a skillful composer and Juju artiste and composed this in the early 90s. The song became very popular and was re-made by his son, Paul Play Dairo. 6. Felix Liberty - Ifeoma (1989) Felix was born into a family of music and was signed into Kris Okotie's label a few years over. In 1989, he released this song about a girl he wanted to marry - Ifeoma which enjoyed airplay. 7. Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe - Osondi Owendi (1984) He was one prolific bandleader from Anambra. He is known as 'Osili'. He was popular for the Igbo highlife and stayed active till death. 'Osondi Owendi' which means 'It pleases others, it displeases others' is said to be the biggest selling record in the history of Nigeria and has been remade by a host of artistes. 8. Dr Victor Olaiya - Omo Pupa (1982) He's the 20th child in a family of 24. Both parents were in music - father was a church organist, and his mother a folk singer. Olaiya was tagged 'Evil Genius of Highlife' after holding an audience at Ibadan. He recently had a remix to 'Baby Jowo', an original song of his with 2Face Idibia. 9. Evi Edna Ogholi - Happy Birthday (1989) "Uh-eh, I wish you happy birthday Uh-eh, many many many happy returns" There was hardly any birthday party without that song being played and even up till date, it is played at most parties. Evi is Isoko from Delta state and is said to be in France now. 10. Oliver De Coque - Identity (1980) Oliver hails from Nnewi in Anambra State and got his musical break at 17 playing the ekpili, a traditional instrument. Oliver has over 73 albums including hit tracks like 'Mbiri ka Mbiri', 'Ogasi Amaka' and others. 11. Mike Okri - Time Na Money (1988) 'Time Na Money' is still today used to teach the modern day child on the importance of time. A part of the song says : "Time na money, make you use your time well Money no dey come from heaven, do better thing money go come. Na true wey I dey tell you" 12. Sir Shina Peters - Afrojuju (1989) Father of popular music director, Clarence Peters, Sir Shina is well known for his juju music which is still widely played and enjoyed at Yoruba parties and events. 13. Sir Victor Uwaifo - Joromi (1969) Even today, 'Joromi' is still played and used in advertisements. Sir Uwaifo has 12 golden records to his credit. 14. Christie Essien-Igbokwe - Seun Rere (1981) "Omo mi seun rere, ti adara oh (x2) Omo mi gbo temi, ti adara oh." The song is an instructional one, from a mother to her children telling them to take heed to her words. 15. Onyeka Onwenu - Iyogogo (1992) Elegant stallion, glorious diva.. Onyeka Onwenu's voice remains as golden as ever. Remember watching Iyogogo on NTA? Good memories. Onyeka was a judge on Glo X-factor this year and is doing great. Apart from 'Iyogogo', she did 'Ekwe', 'One Love' and some good ones. 16. Nico Mbaga - Sweet Mother (1976) This song lives on and on. Your mother does something exceptional and you find yourself singing the lines of this song for her. "Sweet mother, I no go forget you. For the suffer wey you suffer for me eh If I no sleep, my mama no go sleep....." 17. Fela Kuti - Water E No Get Enemy (1975) The list wouldn't have been complete without Fela Kuti. His band, his dancers made watching him life worth it. The late Fela has a lot of amazing tracks to his credit such as 'Zombie', 'Lady' and others. 18. Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson - Love Me Adure (1972) This one tells the tale of a man who's obsessed with 'Adure' and wants her to love him back. Old time great classic, I tell you. 19. Sunny Okosun - Which Way Nigeria?(1984) This song was written by the great songwriter to help Nigeria find herself and to make Nigerians save their motherland before it 'dies'. 20. Bobby Benson - Taxi Driver (1950s) This one goes way back. Is there any popular song from before 2000 that isn't here? Share it with us in the comment box! By Franklin Ugo
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