Byron Messia’s Talibans Ranked at #75 on Billboard Magazine’s List of the 100 Best Songs of 2023

Friday, December 8, 2023, 3:48 PM

St Kitts-based artiste Byron Messia has struck another significant milestone in his musical career with his hit song ‘Talibans’, which made its way onto another chart.

The chart being discussed is Billboard magazine’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2023, featuring the likes of Sam Smith with his I’m Not Here to Make Friends at No. 62, Taylor Swift and Ice Spice with their Karma collab at No. 54, SZA with Snooze at No. 22, Doja Cat’s Paint The Town Red at No. 5, and Miley Cyrus’ Flowers at No. 4.


Among the roster of international entertainers, the Jamaican-born dancehall deejay earned a spot at No. 75 with his infectious Talibans single, making him the only Jamaican on the list. The list was published on Thursday, adding to the string of accomplishments that the breakout artiste has been attaining. 

These accomplishments include Talibans earning a Silver certification in the UK and a Gold certification in Canada. Along with the massive recognition Byron attained from the single, he also received an album deal from the label Geffen.

Also, the ‘Talibans II‘ remix, featuring prominent Afrobeats artiste Burna Boy, reached its highest position at No. 3 on the US Afrobeats Songs chart and No. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks all genres.

Additionally, ‘Talibans’ achieved a number of notable positions on numerous charts, including No. 8 on Rap Airplay, No. 53 on the Canadian Hot 100, No. 13 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, No. 19 on Rhythmic Top 40, No. 16 on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, No. 18 on the Nigeria Hot 100, No. 75 on the Irish Singles chart, No. 12 on the UK Singles chart, No. 21 on Germany’s Urban/Hip-Hop chart, No. 20 on UK Hip-Hop/R&B chart, and No. 39 in New Zealand. 

Aside from Talibans’ great success, Byron continued to shine with his debut album, No Love, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

When Byron spoke about the success of ‘Talibans’ to the Jamaica Observer in a past interview, he expressed his shock at how the song blew up globally. He told the media that the Ztekk/Simple Stupid Records produced track was inspired by what he observed in his environment, as well as “The things I am aware of and the experiences of other persons.” 

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