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Apple Music 2021 Year-end Charts: s Gyakie & Omah Lay’s ‘Forever’  tops rest of Africa



Apple Music today reveals the biggest songs of the year with its annual Top 100 charts. For the first time, Apple Music shares the Top 100 2021: Fitness chart—spotlighting the most-played workout music across Apple Music and Fitness+—besides its Top 100 Streamed Songs, Top 100 Shazamed Songs and Top 100 Most-Read Lyrics! These global charts highlight and celebrate another incredible year in music, and together they provide a truly unique and global perspective on the year’s biggest music.


Check out Apple Music’s 2021 top charts below, and listen to the full Top 100 charts-playlists on Apple Music at


Chart Toppers

– Top Streamed Song of 2021:  Dynamite – BTS

– Top Read Lyrics: drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo

– Top Streamed Workout Song: Head & Heart (feat. MNEK) [Tiësto Remix] – Joel Corry

– Top Shazamed Song: Astronaut In The Ocean – Masked Wolf


The Top Songs of 2021

The year’s most-played songs around the world on Apple Music

After a year in which much of the world’s population was trapped in their homes, 2021 was all about having one foot out the door. This chart compiling the most-streamed songs across the globe on Apple Music between October 16, 2020, and October 15, 2021, is a mirror of that tentativeness and hopefulness—a mix of thrilling new hits that helped shake the world from its stasis alongside favorites we returned to when that jolt felt like too much. What they all have in common, from hip-hop upstarts to a wave of Japanese artists striving in streaming to a K-pop juggernaut primed for planetary domination, is that they brought comfort and catharsis at a time when we all needed them most.


Top 100 2021: Most-Read Lyrics

Mic check! These are the songs our users just had to sing along to this year.

Every year, Apple Music tallies which songs had the most popular lyrics, read—and, surely, sung—by fans around the world. The top 100 are compiled into a karaoke-ready playlist, which you can find below. The top of this year’s list is dominated by Olivia Rodrigo, the TikTok sensation turned bona fide pop star with three songs in the top 10. “drivers license,” her runaway breakthrough single that was released in January when she was just 17, is a masterfully vivid postcard of vulnerability and teen heartache—rich, brooding, and melodramatic. It’s the sort of big, catchy ballad that makes you want to hit the road and belt along: “And you’re probably with that blonde girl/Who always made me doubt/She’s so much older than me/She’s everything I’m insecure about.”


Top 100 2021: Fitness

The most-played workout music across Apple Music and Fitness+ this year

Whether it’s to keep the vibes positive and uplifting, to tap into a deeper sense of purpose, or just to remind us of a great night out, the music we choose to work out to is so personal. Apple Music’s Top 100 2021: Fitness is a comprehensive look at what tracks did the trick for sweating it out in 2021. Compiling data from all of our Apple Music Fitness playlists, as well as what the Fitness+ trainer team was programming through the Studio Series, Fitness+ Spotlight collection, and even the Fitness+ workouts themselves, this set represents the year’s most-played high-energy music.


Top 100 2021: Shazam

Find out which songs received the most Shazams, globally, in 2021

Think back throughout the year: How many times did you use Shazam to identify a song? Are you one of the 11.7 million fans who used the app to discover Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean”? The Australian hip-hop artist’s sleeper hit may have first been released in 2019, but after going viral on TikTok, it received more Shazams than any other song in the world during 2021—by quite a margin, in fact. The Weeknd came in second, with 8.5 million Shazams for “Save Your Tears,” while Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” received 8.1 million.


South Africa

  • The Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts in South Africa sees Amapiano producer Busta 929 & the late Mpura top the Top Songs of 2021 charts with their #1 single ‘Umsebenzi Wethu’ which dominated the country’s airwaves and dance floors last summer.
  • It was another strong year for South African artists on the charts, with over 44% of the Top 100 songs of the year and 26% of the Top 100 albums of the year on Apple Music in South Africa.
  • Drake’s latest album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ shattered streaming records around the world and was the #1 album of 2021 on Apple Music in South Africa. The highest charting South African album of 2021 was Afrikaans artist Riaan Benade’s debut album ’Spontaan’ .
  • Drake was also the #1 artist of the year on Apple Music in South Africa and the highest charting local artist was Amapiano king Kabza de Small.
  • Kwiish SA Feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda’s single ‘LiYoshona’ was the #1 most Shazamed song of the year and Kabza De Small was the most Shazamed artist of the year in South Africa.
Apple Music Top Songs of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Busta 929 & Mpura – Umsebenzi Wethu (feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du & Reece Madlisa)
  2. De Mthuda – John Wick (feat. Sir Trill & Da Muziqal Chef)
  3. Kwiish SA – LiYoshona (feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda)
  4. Blaq Diamond – SummerYoMuthi
  5. Tiësto – The Business
  6. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU – Izolo (feat. Madumane, Mpura, Daliwonga & Visca)
  7. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
  8. Musa Keys – Vula Mlomo (feat. Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi)
  9. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU – Banyana (feat. Sir Trill, Daliwonga & Kabza De Small)
  10. Mr JazziQ & 9umba – uLazi (feat. Zuma & Mpura)
  11. Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license
  12. Wizkid – Essence (feat. Tems)
  13. Soa mattrix & Soulful G – uThando (feat. Shaun 101)
  14. Cassper Nyovest – Siyathandana (feat. Abidoza & Boohle)
  15. Mr JazziQ & Busta 929 – VSOP (feat. Reece Madlisa, Zuma, Mpura, Riky Rick & 9umba)
  16. Azana – Your Love
  17. Big Zulu – Mali Eningi (feat. Riky Rick & Intaba Yase Dubai)
  18. DBN Gogo,Blaqnick & MasterBlaq – Khuza Gogo (feat. Mpura, AmaAvenger & M.J)
  19. DJ Stokie – Superman (feat. Kabza De Small, Masterpiece YVK & Madumane)
  20. Major League Djz & Abidoza – Dinaledi (feat. Mpho Sebina)


Apple Music Top Albums of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Drake – Certified Lover Boy
  2. Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon (Deluxe)
  3. Wizkid – Made In Lagos
  4. Kanye West – Donda
  5. Riaan Benade – Spontaan
  6. Ariana Grande – Position
  7. Olivia Rodrigo – SOUR
  8. Justin Bieber – Justice
  9. Makhadzi – Kokovha
  10. J. Cole – The Off-Season
  11. The Weeknd – After Hours
  12. Drake – Scorpion
  13. Drake – Views
  14. Kabza De Small – I Am the King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust
  15. Drake – Take Care (Deluxe Version)
  16. Sun-El Musician – To the World & Beyond
  17. Summer Walker – Over It
  18. Drake – More Life
  19. Blxckie – B4now
  20. Mr JazziQ & Busta 929 – Maba Jabul’abantu

Apple Music Top Artists of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Drake
  2. Kanye West
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Pop Smoke
  5. J. Cole
  6. The Weeknd
  7. Kabza De Small
  8. Beyonce
  9. Taylor Swift
  10. DJ Maphorisa


Top Shazamed Songs of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Kwiish SA Feat. Njelic, MalumNator & De Mthuda – LiYoshona
  2. Musa Keys Feat. Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi – Vula Mlomo
  3. Busta 929 & Mpura Feat. Zuma, Mr JazziQ, Lady Du & Reece Madlisa – Umsebenzi Wethu
  4. Boohle Feat. Njelic, Ntokzin & De Mthuda – Wamuhle
  5. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Feat. Madumane, Mpura, Daliwonga & Visca – Izolo
  6. DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU Feat. Sir Trill, Daliwonga & Kabza De Small – Banyana
  7. De Mthuda Feat. Sir Trill & Da Muziqal Chef – John Wick
  8. Mthandazo Gatya Feat. DJ Manzo SA & Comado – Senzeni
  9. DJ Obza Feat. DJ Freetz & Nkosazana – Dlozi ‘lam
  10. Zandimaz Feat. Nokwazi – Emathandweni

Top Shazamed Artist of 2021 – South Africa

  1. Kabza De Small



  • The Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts in Nigeria sees a clean sweep for the Starboy himself Wizkid.
  • Wizkid’s Feat.Tems tops the Apple Music Top Songs of 2021 charts with their #1 hit and Top 10 Billboard single ‘Essence’.
  • Wizkid also topped Apple Music’s Top Albums of 2021 chart with his #1 Grammy nominated album ‘Made in Lagos’.
  • Wizkid was also the #1 Artist of the Year on Apple Music in Nigeria.
  • It was a great year for local artists with over 96% of the Top 100 songs of the year and 48% of the Top 100 albums of the year on Apple Music.
  • Former Africa Now cover star, Ghanaian breaking artist, Gyakie’s single ‘Forever’ was the #1 most Shazamed song of the year & Davido was the most Shazamed artist of the year in Nigeria.
Apple Music Top Songs of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Wizkid – Essence (feat. Tems)
  2. Wizkid – Ginger (feat. Burna Boy)
  3. Ruger – Bounce
  4. Davido – The Best (feat. Mayorkun)
  5. LADIPOE & Buju- Feeling
  6. Olamide – Infinity (feat. Omah Lay)
  7. Omah Lay – Godly
  8. Bella Shmurda,Zlatan & Lincoln – Cash App
  9. Wizkid – Blessed (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
  10. Omah Lay – Understand
  11. Davido – Jowo
  12. Gyakie & Omah Lay – Forever (Remix)
  13. Zinoleesky – Kilofeshe
  14. Olamide – Rock
  15. Fireboy DML – Peru
  16. Davido – Holy Ground (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  17. CKay – Felony
  18. Buju – Outside
  19. Rexxie & MohBad – Kpk (Ko Por Ke)
  20. Lojay & Sarz – Monalisa


Apple Music Top Albums of 2021 – Nigeria 

  1. Wizkid – Made In Lagos
  2. Davido – A Better Time
  3. Burna Boy – Twice As Tall
  4. Olamide – Carpe Diem
  5. Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon
  6. Omah Lay – What Have We Done – EP
  7. Joeboy – Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic
  8. Olamide – UY Scuti
  9. Ruger – PANDEMIC – EP
  10. Justin Bieber – Justice
  11. Fireboy DML – APOLLO
  12. Ayra Starr – 19 & Dangerous
  13. Burna Boy – African Giant
  14. Drake – Certified Lover Boy
  15. Blaqbonez – Sex Over Love
  16. Teni – WONDALAND
  17. Lojay & Sarz – LV N ATTN – EP
  18. Chike – Boo of the Booless
  19. Lil Durk – The Voice (Deluxe)
  20. Roddy Ricch – Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial


Apple Music Top Artists of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Wizkid
  2. Davido
  3. Burna Boy
  4. Olamide
  5. Omah Lay
  6. Pop Smoke
  7. Drake
  8. Fireboy DML
  9. Bella Shmurda
  10. Lil Durk


Top Shazamed Songs of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Gyakie – Forever
  2. Ruger – Bounce
  3. AV – Big Thug Boys
  4. Bella Shmurda, Zlatan & Lincoln – Cash App
  5. Jaywillz – Medicine
  6. LADIPOE & Buju – Feeling
  7. Olamide Feat. Omah Lay – Infinity
  8. Rexxie & MohBad – KPK (Ko Por Ke)
  9. Focalistic Feat. Vigro Deep – Ke Star
  10. Lojay & Sarz – Monalisa


Top Shazamed Artist of 2021 – Nigeria

  1. Davido


Rest of Africa

  • Looking across the rest of Africa, the Apple Music 2021 Year End Music Charts sees Gyakie & Omah Lay’s ‘Forever’ as the Top Song of 2021 and Davido’s ‘A Better Time’ the Top Album of 2021 in Ghana.
  • In Kenya Olamide Feat. Omah Lay’s ‘Inifinity’ was the Top Song and Wizkid’s ‘Made in Lagos’ was the Top Album of 2021,  and in Tanzania  Olamide Feat. Omah Lay’s ‘Inifinity’ was the Top Song and Davido’s ‘A Better Time’ the Top Album of 2021.


Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ tops Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra & iTunes



The Blackmob rapper currently boasts of the hottest song in Accra, Ghana and that’s a fact – according to Apple Music’s City Chart for Accra at least. Listen/stream ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here:


It turns out the denizens of Accra could simply not get enough of Gambo’s ‘Boys Aye Wild’ today and rightfully so. The fun song beat the odds and for the first time since its release ranked at #1 on the city’s Top 25 chart list for the day and iTunes. Also earning a spot on one of the streaming platform’s big listings for the region, Top Albums, was the artist’s “New Era” EP which stood at #8 to score Gambo yet another exciting feat.

Gambo outdid the competition and had listeners converging on his song by the bucketload. In regards to his big win today, the ‘Boys Aye Wild’ hitmaker shared: ‘’It was a great feeling to see my song sitting at #1. Seriously. Big ups to Accra for making my day and showing my song that much love. I’m at peace now knowing my brothers are taking the right steps to treat their women right. Ha-ha. Keep the plays coming though and don’t stop’’.


Introduced in early 2021 by the Cupertino-based tech giant, City Charts is an updated playlist meant to bring local artists to the forefront of the conversation around music discovery, one it achieves by reflecting the musical tastes of listeners in over 100 cities from around the world on a daily basis.


You can check Gambo’s amusing video for ‘Boys Aye Wild’ here:


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Call For Entries – The 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards



Calling out to all artistes, artiste managements, record labels, producers, instrumentalists, music composers, music industry stakeholders and the public, that nominations for participation in the 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards are officially open.

Kindly note that only published works in the year 2021 will be accepted. Thus, all works from January 1st to December 31st, 2021 should be submitted via our online portal at

There shall be no manual submissions. Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 18th 2022.

For assistance, kindly call 050 139 5176, or send a mail to On-the-go-updates are available on social media at Ghana Music Awards on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and online at

The 23rd Annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is proudly brought to you by Vodafone, and powered by Charterhouse.


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