What is a great song? The world always agrees on what a great song is, save for the few Rock or hip enthusiasts who consider art only from their foggy lenses.
Granted combining lists of greatest songs or books, or whatever is a highly subjective process, most of the time, people agree on what a great song is. It could be when it is played in the club, and people jump from their seats, and the DJ mutes some parts to let the crowd sing. It could be the YouTube comments. It could infectious nostalgia the song can induce, giving everyone a specific memory.
In such lists, there are always songs that people will make people question the taste of those making list, and that odd one you have never heard of, but can give a pass. There will be annoying omissions. Obviously, older songs have cemented their place in the Kenyan canon, and some of the recent songs, may be included in future lists and some dropped. This is the first part. The second part will encompass both Benga, Rumba and other old tunes.
Without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the definitive list of the greatest Kenyan songs. Check the citation for each song in a separate link tagged at the bottom of the listicles. You are allowed to make a playlist from these great gems.
50.Niko poa-Mejja ft Bro.
48. Masheesha-H_art The Band feat Bensoul
47. Bebi bebi-Atemi Ayungu
46. DC na Sisi-Mau Mau/Wenyeji
45. Amina-Sanaipei Tande
44. Shika Nare-Bamboo & Prezzo
43. Dandora L.O.V.E-Zakah, Kah feat. Kabee
42. Mwanake Kiu
41. Micassa Sucasa-Khaligraph Jones feat Cashy
40. Happy-STL feat Kantai
39. Fire Anthem-East African Bashment Crew
38. Kwenye Dansi- Lyrical Assassins
37. Take it Slow-Zikki feat. Jaguar
36. Utawala-Juliani feat. Kenya.
34. Jana Usiku-Elani
33. Banjuka(Both Original and Remix)-DNA, Prezzo, Jimwat, Kaya
32. Twende ndani-Pili Pili feat. Reina
31. Kiasi-Jua Cali
30. Number 1-Le Band Suziah
27. Dundaing-King Kaka feat Magic Enga and Kristoff
26. Usichoke- Henrie Mutuku feat. Rufftone
25. Mungu pekee-Nyashnski
24. Gentleman-Sauti Sol & Gentleman
23. Chaguo la Moyo Wangu-Otile Brown feat. Sanaipei Tande
22. Sunshine-Habida feat Nameless
20. Mtoto mzuri (Remix)-Nonini feat. Bobby Mapesa
19.Charonyi wasi-Habel Kifoto and The Maroon Commandos
18. Dondosa-The Longombas
17. Saa zingine-Dirge
16. Bamba-Abass Kubaff
15. Bamba-E-Sir, Big Pin &K-Rupt
14. Kenyan Girl, Kenyan Boy-Necessary Noise
13.Let’s Get Down Prezzo, Nazizi
10. Kadhaa-Nonini feat. Christine Apondi
9. Katika-Deux Vultures
8. Mwema-Mercy Masika
7. Unbwoggable-Gidi Gidi Maji Maji
6. Sura Yako-Sauti Sol
4. Githurai-Lenny, Mr Googs, Vinny Banton
2. Usimpe Roho yako-Karma, Pam, Wyre, Nyashnski, Abass, Nameless &Jua Cali
1. Moss moss-E-Sir feat. Brenda.