Today, Nigerians all over the globe will be celebrating the independence and the general, all-around greatness of the nation. In honour of this day, I have put together a playlist featuring some of the best Nigerian songs, new and old. Even if you're not Nigerian, feel free to play this playlist at your school, at your workplace, wherever. A word of warning — please only proceed if you're ready to dance. This music is guaranteed to cause voluntary and involuntary rhythmic body movements, particularly in the shoulder area and the lower regions. Thirty of the songs are featured below, but you can find the full playlist here

Oya, shake body..

1. "Shake Body" by Skales

https://youtu.be/_qoUU4onORY You heard the man...  

2. "SWEET MOTHER" BY PRINCE NICO MBARGA

https://youtu.be/H9EIRBb4BAQ There's nothing sweeter than a mother, not even jollof rice or agege bread

 

3. "RUN MY RACE" BY BURNA BOY 

https://youtu.be/TJWPnPSkzog Burna Boy is spitting straight Yoruba fire: "Modupe lowo jesu, Won ko mi je bi amala ati ewedu" **fire emoji**  

4. "Konko Below" by Lagbaja

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpOzwVAQ7M8 Nobody does it quite like Lagbaja

 

5. "Rotate" by Wande Coal

https://youtu.be/tx8K2nK1xxE "Dance if you no wan dance commot."  

6. "Mo So Rire" by Paul ‘Play’ Dairo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ1FlPfeXIg If you haven’t heard this song at a Nigerian party, you just haven’t been going to the right ones.  

7. "FINE LADY" BY LYNXxX FEATURING WIZKID

https://youtu.be/zCvWH77x9Zo This is THE Nigerian wedding song.  

8. "AFRICAN QUEEN" BY 2FACE IDIBIA

https://youtu.be/_A0fWBHu9pM A classic Nigerian ode to #BlackGirlMagic

 

9. "Gongo Aso" by 9ice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u6eYq-UtA Listen, the drum will teach you

 

10. "Personally" by P-Square

https://youtu.be/ttdU19Kwce8 Personally, I really like this song

 

11. "Sijuade" by King Sunny Ade

https://youtu.be/oFZK0lqGqhY Just gorgeous — pretty much a perfect song

 

12. "JOHNNY" BY YEMI ALADE

https://youtu.be/C_XkTKoDI18 The best episode of Cheaters that never was

 

13. "OLIVER TWIST" BY D'BANJ

https://youtu.be/CQP-etYU1ps D'Banj read Dickens and thought "there's a deeper meaning here..."  

14. "SEUN RERE" BY CHRISTY ESSIEN IGBOKWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDrApu9APBk&feature=youtu.be Christy put Nigerian music on the map and gave us jams.  

15. "Irawo" by Seyi Shay

https://youtu.be/KK1vi8Dtat8 Pretty much my personal theme tune for life

 

16. "Afro Juju" by Shina Peters

https://youtu.be/fag5ItyoYp0 A classic from the master.  

17. "Yahooze" by Olu Maintain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jh8tCns-Bg Do you remember when everyone was doing the dance?  

18. "Sekem" by MC Galaxy

https://youtu.be/I1X-CoKYRFE "One hand on your waist, one hand on your chest, oya sekem."  

19. "Tongolo" by D’banj

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDkPysu9iPk I know this is D'Banj's second appearance, but everyone needs to know the koko

 

20. "Oleku" by Ice Prince ft Brymo

https://youtu.be/2A576XVrgD4 "I flow so bad my tone is vexin..."  

21. "Beng Beng Beng" by Femi Kuti

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za7K91gJntM Like father like son

 

22. "Pakurumo" by Wizkid

https://youtu.be/3S4S-2sMS5w **Dancing aunties emoji**  

23. "Shoki" by Lil Kesh

https://youtu.be/XVgY9U-bx_g Raise your hands if you know toddlers that can do this dance better than you!  

24. "My Car" by Tony Tetuila

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_z9c98rEro See wahala..

 

25. "Dami Duro" by Davido

https://youtu.be/6CyUo6rQ2rU **Runs to the dance floor**  

26. "Watch my Ting Go" by Lola Rae

https://youtu.be/dIP2mKO2eSY "Swagga' done right — ma bi nu"  

27. "Girlie ‘O’ (Remix) ft Tiwa Savage" by Patoranking 

https://youtu.be/Tvjqxub160w The original was great, but this remix is next level

 

28. "Kangpe ft Wesley Williams" by Nneka 

https://youtu.be/E99dkzXXyOQ Nneka preaching, a great beat, what more could you ask for?  

29. "Ba Mi Dele" by Asa

https://youtu.be/jS3lg3KpTTA Beautiful

30. "Water No Get Enemy" by Fela Kuti

https://youtu.be/Au6VesDZrzk Timeless

These are my top picks. am i missing some jams? let me know in the comments below.