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Tyla’s ‘Water’ Tops 19 Best South African Songs of 2023m(VIDEOS)

From the rhythmic beats of Afropop and hip hop to the soulful melodies of maskandi and the diverse branches of house music, the South African music scene is flourishing across genres.

In the year 2023, the spotlight shines on 3Step, an emerging and vibrant dance music genre seamlessly blending elements of Afrotech and amapiano.

Additionally, the music landscape is colored by innovative fusions, remixes, and contemporary renditions of classic tunes, offering a dynamic listening experience.

The musical output remains prolific, maintaining a high standard of quality.

Given the vast spectrum of South African music, there’s a musical feast to satisfy diverse preferences and palates.

Explore our top picks for the standout South African songs of 2023 below.


19. Flow Jones Jr. — “Pramis, Swuh” feat. Blxckie and Maglera Doe Boy





19. Artwork Sounds x Bee Bar — “Awesome God” feat. Kabza De Smal




17. Casswell P & Master KG — “Mangihlale” feat. Lwami




16. Pushkin — “Zulu” feat. Amaqhawe and Philharmonic




15. Harrycane, Master KG & Eemoh — “Dubula [Remake]” feat. DJ Latimmy



14. Mthandeni SK — “Paris” feat. Lwah Ndlunkulu




13. Lindough — “Ok’salayo” feat. Freddie Gwala, King Short & DJ Active




12. Wanitwa Mos, Master KG & Nkosazana Daughter — “Keneilwe” feat. Dalom Kids



11. Loatinover Pounds — “Sosh Plata Remix” feat. 25K & Thapelo Ghutra



10. Sjava, Q Twins & Mzukulu — “Isoka



9. Fezeka Dlamini, Nomfundo Moh, Naledi Aphiwe — “Uyangijabulisa”




8. Sykes — “Sisekakeni Babies” feat. Skillz Musiq & RudeBoyz



7. Lwah Ndlunkulu — “Ngiyeza”





6. AKA x KDDO — “Company”




5. Inkabi Zezwe, Sjava & Big Zulu — “Umbayimbayi”




4. DJ Kent — “Horns In The Sun (feat. Mo-T, Mörda & Brenden Praise) (Thakzin Remix)”




3. Oscar Mbo x KG Smallz — “Yes God” feat. Dearson (Mörda, Thakzin, Mhaw Keys Remix)




2. Dlala Thukzin — “iPlan” feat. Zaba & Sykes



1. Tyla — “Water”







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