As Africa Day approaches, we want to take a look back at the sounds that kept us moving around the continent. Global music streaming service, Deezer reveals the top streamed artists, albums and tracks in Africa.

Interestingly, when looking at artists all over the continent, music fans in Africa prefer the sounds of global hiphop and R&B artists such as Drake who tops the #1 artist spot followed by Pop Smoke and the Weeknd. However, it’s a different story for music fans in Africa when we focus only on Sub-Saharan artists where local artists such as Nigerian superstar Burna Boy takes the crown followed by Davido and Wizkid.

Burna Boy leads again as the most streamed Sub-Saharan album with Twice as Tall, while hitting the #5 spot as most streamed album overall in Africa. Wizkid is not far behind as the #2 most streamed Sub-Saharan album with Made In Lagos, which also hits #7 most streamed in all of Africa.

Nigerian singer Fireboy DML is not far behind as two of his albums peak in the top five under most streamed Sub-Saharan albums. Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps comes in at #4 while APOLLO hits the #5 spot. His track, Vibrations is also the #4 most streamed Sub-Saharan track in Africa.

“Africa Day is a time of reflection and celebration. We love seeing local artists from different parts of Africa being streamed all over the continent. To support these artists even further, we’ve created ‘Sounds of Africa,’ where our fans can discover the variety of sounds that are distinctly and uniquely African,”
says Sotiris Moldovanos, Deezer Music Editor for Africa.

‘Sounds of Africa,’ features the likes of Shekhinah from South Africa, Davido from Nigeria, Gyakie from Ghana, Zuchu from Tanzania and many more. Our featured artists have each curated an exclusive playlist that captures the spirit and sounds from their respective home countries.

The Top 10 Most Streamed artists, albums and tracks in Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa for 2020-2021 are:


Top 10 Most Streamed Artists in all of Africa


1. Drake
2. Pop Smoke
3. The Weeknd
4. PNL
5. Burna Boy
6. Ninho
7. ElGrandeToto
8. Damso
9. Soolking
10. Justin Bieber

Top 10 Most Streamed Albums in all of Africa


1. Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon – Pop Smoke
2. After Hours – The Weeknd
3. Deux frères – PNL
4. M.I.L.S 3 – Ninho
5. Twice As Tall – Burna Boy
6. Arabi – Inkonnu
7. Made In Lagos – Wizkid
8. QALF – Damso
9. Vintage – Soolking
10. Poison Ou Antidote – Dadju

Top 10 Most Streamed Tracks in all of Africa


1. Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
2. ROCKSTAR – DaBaby
3. Dance Monkey – Tones and I
4. Roses – SAINt JHN
5. Toosie Slide – Drake
6. Mood (feat. iann dior) – 24kgoldn, Iann Dior
7. Bande organisée – Kofs, Soso Maness, Elams, Jul, SCH, Naps, Solda, Houari, 13 Organisé
8. For The Night – Pop Smoke
9. Dior – Pop Smoke
10. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

Top 10 Most Streamed Sub-Saharan Artists in Africa


1. Burna Boy
2. Davido
3. Wizkid
4. Fireboy DML
5. Omah Lay
6. Kabza De Small
7. Joeboy
8. Fally Ipupa
9. Mr Eazi
10. Rema

Top 10 Most Streamed Sub-Saharan Albums in Africa


1. Twice As Tall – Burna Boy
2. Made In Lagos – Wizkid
3. A Better Time – DaVido
4. Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps – Fireboy DML
5. APOLLO – Fireboy DML
6. Tokooos II – Fally Ipupa
7. Carpe Diem – Olamide
8. African Giant – Burna Boy
9. I Am The King Of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust – Kabza De Small
10. Zulu Man With Some Power – Nasty C

Top 10 Most Streamed Sub-Saharan tracks in Africa


Nobody – DJ Neptune, Joeboy, Mr Eazi
Infinity – Olamide
love nwantiti – CKay feat. ElGrandeToto
Vibration – Fireboy DML
Bad Influence – Omah Lay
Jerusalema – Master KG feat. Nomcebo Zikode
Ginger Me – Rema
Duduke – Simi
In My Maserati – Olakira
MAD – Sarz, WurlD


Listen to the ‘Sounds of Africa’ and discover new artists and tracks by visiting www.deezer.com