In 2023, Ghana sustained its influential position in the Afrobeats scene, shaping and redefining the genre for a global audience. Though it may not have been the most monumental year for Ghanaian music, the powerhouse unquestionably delivered chart-topping hits, some of which resonated worldwide. Explore our list of the top 10 Afrobeats hits from Ghana in 2023.
1. King Promise – Terminator
King Promise stepped away from his typical love-themed tracks to deliver what is undeniably the biggest Ghanaian afrobeats song of the year. Produced by Killbeatz, the infectious amapiano-infused tune has captivated afrobeats enthusiasts across the continent. Notably, it has spawned two remixes, the first featuring Nigerian record producer and artiste Young Jonn, and the second featuring international superstars Tiwa Savage and Sean Paul.
2. JZyNO ft. Lasmid – Butta My Bread
Ghana-based Liberian singer JZyNO made a breakthrough into mainstream prominence with the Lasmid-assisted “Butta My Bread”. Beyond propelling JZyNO to fame, this enchanting earworm solidifies the growing reputation of fast-rising Ghanaian star Lasmid, who consistently strikes gold with every musical project he lends his vocals to.
3. OliveTheBoy – Goodsin
OliveTheBoy, recognized as one of Ghana’s rising stars in 2023, achieved prominence with his viral hit “Goodsin” lifted off his Avana EP. Propelled by a popular TikTok challenge, The 20-year-old artiste’s single rapidly amassed ten million streams. Additionally, “Goodsin” secured the title of the most Shazamed song in both Ghana and Nigeria earlier this year, establishing OliveTheBoy’s swift ascent on the music scene.
4. Lasmid – Bad Boy
Lasmid, the breakout star of 2022 and one of Ghana’s most promising talents, known for hits such as “Friday Night,” “Atele,” and “Running,” sustains his momentum into 2023 with the hit “Bad Boy.” On this track, Lasmid embraces his newfound bad boy persona, delivering a captivating loverboy anthem.
5. Stonebwoy – Into The Future
Stonebwoy, the self-acclaimed Overlord of Ghanaian music, built on his success in 2022. After signing with Def Jam Africa and releasing several singles under the global label, he sustained his momentum with the release of his fifth studio album, “5th Dimension.” A standout track from the album, “Into The Future,” is an infectious Afro-dancehall fusion that earned widespread acclaim and had everyone on their feet dancing in 2023.
6. Mr Drew ft. Mophty Legacy – Case
Mr Drew’s “Case” featuring Mophty Legacy, stands out as one of the year’s biggest hits. Interestingly, it is a remix of the original version released earlier this year with Sista Afia and Strongman. Mr Drew initiated an open verse challenge for the original version, and Mophty Legacy, an up-and-coming artiste, contributed an exceptional verse that resonated with listeners due to its heartfelt and relatable content. Recognizing the positive reception, Mr Drew officially released a remix featuring Mophty’s verse, which exceeded expectations, becoming an even more significant hit.
7. Kuami Eugene – Monica
Kuami Eugene came through with a last-minute game winning strike with “Monica”. This infectious track is featured on his recent studio album, “Love And Chaos”, released in the last quarter of 2023. The afrobeats tune, infused with amapiano influences, is an undeniable hit. After a period of relative silence in the music scene, Kuami Eugene has made a strong comeback with this release.
8. KiDi ft. Stonebwoy – Likor
Ghanaian Afro-pop and R&B sensation KiDi enlisted Stonebwoy for the infectious Afropop track “Likor“. The coming together of these Ghanaian musical giants was bound to produce a hit record!
9. Banzy Banero – Hossana
Banzy Banero, another breakout star of 2023 hailing from the streets of Osu in Accra, surged into mainstream recognition with his hit track “Hossana.” This song made a significant impact, connecting with audiences nationwide. The artiste’s distinctive style has firmly positioned him as one of the emerging stars to keep an eye on in the Ghanaian music scene.
10. Kelvyn Boy – Vero
Kelvyn Boy quietly unleashed one of the biggest hits of the calendar year without much fanfare. On the Master Maison-produced “Vero“, the crooner passionately declares his unwavering love for his lover. Serving as the standout single from his recent EP, “For The Kulture,” the track stays true to Kelvyn Boy’s signature warm and rhythmic Afropop style, for which he has gained recognition.