The latest recognition coming the way of Wizkid today as his global smash hit is that Essence has been declared as the best song of 2021 by RollingStone in a new list released yesterday.

RollingStone has just released their list of the best songs of 2021 and at the very top of that list is none other than Essence by Nigerian superstar, Wizkid. The list was released on Monday, the 6th of December 2021.

Essence which is popularly acclaimed as “the song of the summer,” is a song off Wizkid’s Made in Lagos album, which was released in 2020. The afro-pop tune which features talented Nigerian songstress Tems, is a soothing mid-tempo song that has taken over the music scene on a global scale.

Away from this recent feat, Essence has earlier hit different milestones, including breaking into the top 10 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (making it the highest-ranking African song ever to appear on the chart), scoring over 60 million streams on Apple Music, entering the US Apple Music top 10 as the first African song to do so, among other records.

The RollingStone Best Songs of 2021 list if not the first recognition Essence has gotten recently with the Wizkid song appeared on Spotify’s Best Pop Songs of 2021 recently.

See the top 20 below and the full list here.


WizKid, Lil Nas X, and Megan Thee Stallion1. Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

  1. 2. Taylor Swift – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”

    3. Olivia Rodrigo – “Drivers License”

    4. Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”

    5. Lucy Dacus – “VBS”

    6. Silk Sonic – “Leave the Door Open”

    7. Billie Ellish – “Happier Than Ever”

    8. Rauw Alejandro – “Todo de Ti”

    9. Adele – “I Drink Wine”

    10. Noname – “Rainforest”

    11. Muna feat. Phoebe Bridgers – “Silk Chiffon”

    12. Wet Leg – “Wet Dream”

    13. Polo G – “Rapstar”

    14. Morgan Wade – “Wilder Days”

    15. Japanese Breakfast – “Be Sweet”

    16. BTS – “Butter”

    17. Megan Thee Stallion – “Thot Shit”

    18. Bo Burnham – “All Eyes on Me”

    19. Brothers Osborne – “Younger Me”

    20. Snail Mail – “Ben Franklin”