Byron Messia’s ‘Talibans’ Lands on Billboard’s 100 Best Songs of 2023, Showcasing Dancehall’s Global Impact

2023 has been a triumphant year for Jamaican-born dancehall artist Byron Messia, culminating in his hit single “Talibans” securing a spot on Billboard magazine’s 100 Best Songs of 2023 list at #75. This recognition is a testament to the song’s immense popularity throughout the year, further solidifying Messia’s global musical influence.

Originating from Jamaica and raised in St Kitts and Nevis, Messia’s ascent on international charts with both “Talibans” and his debut album “No Love” has been a significant highlight in his career. The song’s commercial success led to gold certification in Canada and silver in the United Kingdom.

Messia himself expressed astonishment at the global impact of “Talibans,” a track inspired by his personal experiences and surroundings. Its viral success on social media drew the attention of Geffen, a subsidiary of Interscope, resulting in an album deal. “No Love” climbed to #3 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, and the “Talibans” remix featuring Afrobeats sensation Burna Boy achieved remarkable rankings, including #3 on the US Afrobeats Songs chart and #99 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.

The song’s impact extended beyond the United States, charting in various countries like Nigeria, Ireland, the UK, Germany, and New Zealand. Its widespread appeal is evident in its diverse chart placements, ranging from Rap Airplay to R&B/Hip-Hop and more.

Messia’s inclusion in Billboard’s prestigious 2023 list places him among other notable artists such as Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Luke Combs, Olivia Rodrigo, Victoria Monet, SZA, Tyla, Doja Cat, and Miley Cyrus. SZA’s “Kill Bill” leads the list, with Messia’s achievement as the sole Jamaican artist highlighting his significant contribution to the international music scene.