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Readers' Choice: The Best Songs of 2017

We asked our OkayAfrica readers to vote for their best songs of the 2017. See which tracks made the cut.

Last week, we launched an open Readers' Poll asking you—our dear OkayAfrica readers—what you thought the best music of the year had been.

We handpicked a selection of the most popular and acclaimed tracks from our sphere this year for readers to vote on, compiling all the answers to publish this Readers' Choice: Best Songs of 2017 list.

You had a lot to pick from: this was a year in which Wizkid finally dropped his Sounds From The Other Side project, we saw Black Coffee's track get used by Drake, Davido was an unstoppable hitmaker with his singles, Sarkodie released his tour de force album Highest, Diamond Platnumzcontinued his East African pop reign, Cassper Nyovest kept his throne as the biggest rapper around, and much, much more.

So what were the Best Songs of 2017 according to OkayAfrica readers? Read ahead to find out as we list them in descending order by number of votes.

Listen to our Best Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

20. Runtown "Energy"

19. Wale "My Love" feat. Major Lazer, Wizkid & Dua Lipa

18. Kranium "Can't Believe" feat. Wizkid & Ty Dolla $ign

17. Wizkid "Everytime" feat. Future

16. Wizkid & MUT4Y "Manya"

15. Wizkid "Naughty Ride" feat. Major Lazer

14. Jidenna "Boomerang"

13. Tiwa Savage "All Over"

12. Davido "FIA"

11. Maleek Berry "Been Calling"

10. Sarkodie "Pain Killer" feat. Runtown

9. Olamide "Wo!!"

8. Ycee "Juice"

7. Tiwa Savage "Ma Lo" feat. Wizkid & Spellz

6. French Montana "Unforgettable" feat. Swae Lee

5. Wande Coal & DJ Tunez "Iskaba"

4. Davido "Fall"

3. Davido "If"

2. Mr Eazi "Leg Over"

1. Wizkid "Come Closer" feat. Drake

Listen to our Best Songs of 2017 playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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