‘Iron Man’ a single by Divine Ikubor, Mavin Records-signed Nigerian singer better known as Rema, has been named among ’50 Best Songs of 2019′ by Rolling Stones, an American-based Magazine.


‘Iron Man’ occupied the 4oth position on the list which examined tracks that “defined the year.”

‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish topped the chart, while ‘Truth Hurts’, by Lizzo and ‘Old Town Road,’ by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, secured second and third spots respectively.

A review of the song by Rolling Stones hailed Rema’s ‘vocal delivery’ and stated that his musical prowess is akin to “classic T-Pain and pop from India”.


“At a time when tens of thousands of new songs appear on streaming platforms every day, a memorable first impression is more important than ever. The Nigerian singer Rema nailed it with “Iron Man,” the lead track on his first official EP,” a review of the song by the magazine reads.

“The key here is the vocal delivery: Rema slathers his voice in Auto-Tune and drips come-ons — including the distinctive request to “be your Iron Man” — like warm honey over a plinking, pleasantly syncopated beat. Rema’s vocals bring to mind both classic T-Pain and pop from India; he’s almost smearing rather than singing. But when paired with the precise rhythms of Afrobeat, this becomes impressionism you can dance to.”

The recognition comes few months after ‘Iron Man’ was included on Barack Obama’s 2019 summer playlist — which comprises a total of 44 songs of divergent genres from across the world.


Below are ’50 Best Songs of 2019′:

  1. Billie Eilish, ‘Bad Guy’
  2. Lizzo, ‘Truth Hurts’
  3. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, ‘Old Town Road’
  4. Taylor Swift, ‘Cruel Summer’
  5. DaBaby, ‘Suge’
  6. Vampire Weekend, ‘Harmony Hall’
  7. Bad Bunny feat. El Alfa, ‘La Romana’
  8. Hope Tala, ‘Lovestaine’
  9. Sharon Van Etten, ‘Seventeen’
  10. J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Mr Eazi, ‘Como Un Bebe’
  11. Luke Combs, ‘Even Though I’m Leaving’
  12. Ariana Grande, ‘NASA’
  13. Lana Del Rey, ‘The Greatest’
  14. Stella Donnelly, ‘Old Man’
  15. Lizzo, ‘Juice’
  16. The Highwomen, ‘If She Ever Leaves Me’
  17. Jenny Lewis, ‘Hollywood Lawn’
  18. 100 Gecs, ‘Money Machine’
  19. Miranda Lambert, ‘Mess With My Head’
  20. Polo G and Lil Tjay, ‘Pop Out’
  21. Marshmello and Roddy Ricch, ‘Project Dreams’
  22. Billie Eilish, ‘Bury a Friend’
  23. Daddy Yankee feat. Snow, ‘Con Calma’
  24. Tyler, the Creator feat. Playboi Carti, ‘Earfquake’
  25. Harry Styles, ‘Lights Up’
  26. Leonard Cohen, ‘Happens to the Heart’
  27. Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBaby, ‘Cash Shit’
  28. Maren Morris, ‘Girl’
  29. Young Thug feat. Gunna, ‘Hot’
  30. Lunay feat. Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, ‘Soltera (Remix)’
  31. FKA Twigs, ‘Sad Day’
  32. Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Want You in My Room’
  33. Better Oblivion Community Center, ‘Dylan Thomas’
  34. Rosalía and J Balvin feat. El Guincho, ‘Con Altura’
  35. Calboy feat. Yo Gotti and Lil Durk, ‘Ghetto America’
  36. Weyes Blood, ‘Picture Me Better’
  37. Neil Young With Crazy Horse, ‘She Showed Me Love’
  38. Ari Lennox, ‘BMO’
  39. Mannequin Pussy, ‘Drunk II’
  40. Rema, ‘Iron Man’
  41. Jonas Brothers, ‘Sucker’
  42. Charly Bliss, ‘Chatroom’
  43. Gary Clark Jr., ‘This Land’
  44. Ozzy Osbourne, ‘Under the Graveyard’
  45. Róisín Murphy, ‘Incapable’
  46. Sech feat. Darell, ‘Otro Trago’
  47. Faye Webster, ‘Room Temperature’
  48. Clairo, ‘Bags’
  49. KH, ‘Only Human’
  50. Kim Gordon, ‘Paprika Pony’

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