South African songs released from last year ending to this year with the most downloads and streaming number.
While the music industry has suffered a huge hit this year as a result of the lockdown, it has also had a boost in streams and music downloads. This is because it is one of the few ways fans and music lovers still get to support their favourite artists.
The only problem now is that of piracy which has affected download numbers. However, music streams have been quite good, and hit songs have gathered millions of them. Some of the songs released this year, and in the ending weeks of last year have already garnered a large number of streams.
Factors we took in consideration are how long these songs stayed on top music streaming services aand download sites, how they perform on radio station, how much their videos performed on video hosting services and many more factors.
Notable names including Scorpion kings, Blaq Diamond, Prince Kaybee, Master KG, Mfr Souls, Q Twins and more have reigned supreme. Their songs have raked in massive streams and are still doing quite well. Here are some of the songs with the most downloads and streaming numbers.
Kabza de Small, Dj Maphorisa – Emcimbini Ft. Samthing Soweto, Aymos, Mas Musiq & Myztro
Scorpion Kings took over the charts in a big way in the first quarter of the year. “Emcimbini” fronted by DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small features Aymos, Samthing Soweto, Mas Musiq and Myztro. It has recorded a lot of streams, and downloads and currently has a total of 2.9 million streams on YouTube alone.
Black Coffee – SBCNCSLY Ft. Sabrina Claudio
DJ Black Coffee dropped the title track of his forthcoming album “SBCNCSLY” in the last week of April. The song, featuring Sabrina Claudio gained a lot of love and practically tore through the charts. Its audio currently sits on over 230k streams on YouTube.
Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa – Hello
You might as well call Amapiano’s Scorpion Kings the king of the charts this year. The two disc jockeys appear for a second time on our list with Hello. The song has become a favourite for many and now has a total of 1.4 million streams on YouTube alone.
Blaq Diamond – Love Letter
The year has been a really fulfilling one for Blaq Diamond thanks to their song “Love Letter”. Since its release, it has amassed millions of streams on various platforms including YouTube where is has 3.6 million. It is also one of the most downloaded songs of the year.
Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa – Lorch ft. Semi Tee, Miano & Kammu Dee
Released in December last year, Lorch by the Scorpion Kings became a huge hit in SA. The song featuring contributions from Miano, Semi Tee and Kammu Dee fast became a fan favourite. Although its video was a bit disappointing, it has reached over 750k streams on YouTube alone.
Q Twins – Hamba Ft. DJ Tira
Afrotainment’s Q Twins made their mark this year. The two dropped their first single “Hamba” featuring DJ Tira and it became an instant hit. It garnered 1 million streams on YouTube in just one week. It now has over 4.2 million and counting.
Ricus Nel – Boerepompie Ft. Snotkop
Ricus Nel blew minds this year with his impressive hit “Boerepompie” which is still raking in massive streams. The song featuring Snotkop has been a huge success since it was released and now has over 7.4 million streams on YouTube alone.
Dj Maphorisa x Kabza De Small – Ithemba’lam ft. Shasha
There would be no list if Amapiano’s Scorpion Kings didn’t appear many times. The duo released a couple of projects this year which made huge impressions on the charts. iThemba’lam featuring Sha Sha currently sits on over 117 thousand streams on YouTube alone without any promotion.
Nasty C – There They Go
In the ending week of March Nasty dropped the first single off his forthcoming album “Zulu Man With Some Power” and his fans went wild. The song tore through the charts gaining massive streams and downloads. It currently has over 953k streams on YouTube right now. It’s only a matter of time before it hits 1 million.
Dj Maphorisa x Kabza De Small – Sandton Ft. Focalistic, Kamo Mphela, Bontle Smith
Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa have proven themselves again. The two ended last year with many hits including “Sandton”. It featured contributions from Focalistic, Kamo Mphela, and Bontle Smith. Without any promo, its audio has garnered tens of thousands of streams on YouTube alone.
Riana Nel – Hou Die Hemel Oop
Riana Nel made quite an impression this year when she dished the song “Hou Die Hemel Oop”. Gaining big streams and downloads, it became an undeniable hit. It has since hit 1 million streams on YouTube and counting.
Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Ami Faku & Black Motion – Uwrongo
Prince Kaybee’s Uwrongo with Shimza, Black Motion and Ami Faku is definitely one of the biggest songs of the year. Recently certified Gold, the song has garnered over 2.5 million streams across various platforms. It is still going strong.
Sha Sha – Tender Love ft. DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small
Amapiano vocalist, Sha Sha made a big statement this year with her song “Tender Love”. The song featuring the Scorpion Kings has garnered millions of streams across various platforms and even topped charts. It currently has over 2.5 million streams of YouTube alone.
Blaq Diamond – Ibhanoyi
Blaq Diamond has made a career out of dishing good music. The duo released “Ibhanoyi” late last year, and till this year, it’s gained a lot of love. Earning millions of streams and massive downloads across platforms, Ibhanoyi remains one of last year, and this year’s biggest songs. It currently has over 8.3 million streams on YouTube alone.
DJ Zinhle – Umlilo 2.0 ft. Mvzzle, Rethabile
DJ Zinhle really won big with Umlilo. The song featuring Mvzzle and Rethabile Khumalo was certified platinum some weeks back. It has also raked in millions of streams across platforms and topped charts. It currently has over 3.1 million streams on YouTube.
Master KG – Jerusalema Ft. Nomcebo
Master KG’s Jerusalema featuring Nomcebo is one song that will never die. Earning millions of streams and massive downloads, it has been certified platinum, and now has over 17 million streams on YouTube.
MFR Souls – Love You Tonight Ft. DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha, Kabza De Small
Amapiano’s MFR Souls have been quite impressive this year. The talented duo dropped “Love You Tonight” to massive success. The song featuring Scorpion Kings and Sha Sha has since earned a lot of streaming and download success. It currently has over 3.6 million streams on YouTube.
Mas Musiq – Mthande ft. Riky Rick, Shasha, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small
Mas Musiq turned a lot of heads with this one. Featuring Riky Rick, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Sha Sha, the song has been a success since its release. It has earned hundreds of thousands on YouTube alone. It’s made quite a noticeable success.
Bon Van Blerk – Was
Late last year, Bon Van Blerk dropped “Was” to massive acclaim. It has since claimed massive streams and downloads across various platforms. It currently has over 210k streams on YouTube alone.
Kurt Darren – Party Tyd
Kurt Darren dropped “Party Tyd” to wide acclaim. It has gained love from his fans and earned a lot of streams and downloads. It currently has over 417k streams on YouTube alone.