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55 Popular TikTok Songs

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TikTok has only been around for a few years, but it’s already one of the most popular social apps you can find. If you’ve spent any time on the app, you have probably heard some of the same music over and over again. These tracks have gone viral for different reasons—some as dance challenges, others as running jokes. Here are the top 55 popular TikTok songs that you’ll want to listen to on loop.

1. Alors on Danse — Stromae

Belgian singer Stromae’s song “Alors On Danse” isn’t new, but it’s currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. On TikTok, it has gained new life as the soundtrack to a lazy dance, usually done against a unique background with the arms crossed. But the track isn’t presented in its original form—instead, the TikTok version features a dramatically slowed-down track. It’s hard to explain what exactly made the trend go viral, but it might come down to just how soothing it is to watch.

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2. So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings — Caroline Polachek

@drewbarrymore

Lipstick as blush? Yes, please. @flowerbeautybydrew

♬ So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings – Caroline Polachek

Indie artist Caroline Polachek released her song “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” back in 2019, but it wasn’t until late 2021 that it became a TikTok trend. The song’s retro and catchy chorus features a dance that the singer herself choreographed. It has been used in nearly 9,000 recreations, as a dance routine, as the background for makeup routines, and as a response to body shamers on the internet. Search the tag and you’ll even see some familiar faces, as the song was used by actresses Drew Barrymore, Camilla Mendes, and Olivia Sui. 

3. Material Girl — Saucy Santana

We’ve all heard Madonna’s classic hit “Material Girl,” but have you listened to Saucy Santana’s cover of it? This contemporary singer’s sassy vocals went viral on TikTok as the background for a person showing off their material wealth, such as an expensive car or collection. And sometimes it is simply used for exhibiting unique skills, like in this video from user @griffinmaxwellbrooks. A diver does a dramatic routine that ends in a spectacular dive. In other words, the “Material Girl” trend is all about showing off what you’ve got.

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4. Dance Monkey — Tones and I

@willsmith

Don’t duet this. 🎨: Auden Lincoln Vogel & Nata Metlukh

♬ Dance Monkey – Tones And I

It is impossible to pinpoint a single type of video that is most often used for “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I. The 2019 song features an instantly-recognizable opening line and a catchy, upbeat melody, so it’s not hard to see why it became a kind of jack-of-all-trades background track. You will see it as the soundtrack to everything from family dances to solo performances, gymnastics routines, beauty tutorials, and much more. Between its catchiness and its sheer versatility, no wonder the song became such a widespread trend. 

5. Circus — Britney Spears

@enola.bedard

Circus – @britneyspears Is it just me or JUST DANCE has levelled up? This is actually hard 😍 ✨ #justdance #circus #performance #fullout

♬ Circus – Britney Spears

“Circus” was released in 2008, just a few years after Britney Spears had her career peak. For those of us that are old enough to remember, she was the queen of the early 2000s. So it’s not hard to see why her song has become a go-to track for TikTok users imagining themselves as turn-of-the-century pop stars. It helps that she also exemplified that wild early 2000s fashion, so dressing up as 2002 Britney is just plain fun. The song is also used for other videos, such as this one showing how little kids see themselves when they finally get their big moment in front of an audience.

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6. Freakum Dress — Beyoncé

The “Freakum Dress” challenge went viral in 2020, but the song itself was a Beyoncé hit back in 2006. Users started out by showing themselves as they normally dress. Then, once the beat dropped, the video changed, usually to a montage of the same person in a variety of different outfits. It was a classic “glow-up” challenge, designed to show how the right clothes, accessories, and makeup can change a person’s appearance. This challenge was characterized by the slow-motion montages used in the second part of the song. 

7. Leave (Get Out) — Jojo

@jasminechiswell

Please tell me I’m not the only one that acts this way… 😭🤣 I tried so hard not to laugh!

♬ Leave (Get Out) – JoJo

Have you ever wanted a song made for expressing yourself when you reach your absolute limit? “Leave (Get Out)” became the TikTok anthem for portraying just that. In the videos, users act out situations that cause them discomfort, from the mundane to the heartbreaking. These might be silly, such as “When you share a room with your sibling and they cross the invisible line”—or poignant, such as telling the story of when they knew it was time to end a bad relationship. 

8. Unlock It — Charli XCX

@bretmanrock

Tiktok y’all better know Tora when you see her

♬ Unlock it (Lock It) [Jeff Prior Mix] – Charli XCX

Charli XCX’s “Unlock It” went viral on TikTok as a dance challenge several years after the song was first released. The trend all came down to the dance routine, which was given the name “Lock it, Lock it, Unlock it.” The dancers performed the routine to the catchy chorus, using finger guns to point at the screen as they lip-synch to the lyrics. The dance was usually used as a backdrop to sharing an unpopular opinion or important life advice. 

9. I’m Just a Kid — Simple Plan

@mmmjoemele

Can’t wait to read the comments on this one😂 #foryou

♬ I’m Just a Kid – Simple Plan

We couldn’t tell you why, but Simple Plan’s “I’m Just a Kid” has become the go-to anthem for recreating childhood photos. Some of these are simple, with siblings posing as they did many years before, and some are funny, with parents holding up their now-adult children as though they are newborns. Others are straight-up tearjerkers, with photos taken with late loved ones morphing into an urn or a memorial photo. The message is simple: It is amazing how quickly time flies.

10. Blinding Lights — The Weeknd

@macdaddyz

We got bored🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️

♬ Blinding Lights – MACDADDYZ

When it comes to the “Blinding Lights” TikTok challenge, this can go in a lot of different directions. The trend started out with user @macdaddyz who first came up with the idea of three dancers who start out by bouncing to the catchy beat before breaking into a dance routine. It has been replicated countless times, including by some big celebrities like the Pussycat Dolls’ own Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzinger’s version has backup dancers that are a bit different—they’re all versions of herself superimposed on one video, each one wearing vivid 1980s-style exercise clothes. 

11. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) — Kate Bush

Unless you were living under a rock in the summer of 2022, you probably heard the resurgence of Kate Bush’s song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God).” The song was released back in 1985 but climbed back up the charts when it was prominently featured on the fourth season of Stranger Things. On TikTok, people use the track to parody the show’s storyline of being pulled into the Upside Down because of an embarrassing (and often strangely specific) memory. Or they’ll bring themselves to the Upside Down, like this one.

12. We Don’t Talk About Bruno — from Encanto

Encanto came out in November 2021 and immediately took the internet by storm for its catchy songs, poignant story, and relatable themes of generational trauma. “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” seemed to take center stage—not only is it an absolute banger, but it also has many character parts, making it perfect for group covers. Each distinct vocal track is totally unique, so it is easy for everyone to play a character and have fun singing. 

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13. The Wellerman

Of all the music trends that have ever gone viral on the internet, sea shanties might be the most confusing. There’s nothing more incongruous than sailor songs from hundreds of years ago on a mobile app in the 2020s! But the simple truth is that these songs experienced a resurgence because they are just that catchy. The sea shanty “The Wellerman” went viral in 2020 and early 2021, with countless covers, stitches, and duets in every language. Nathan Evans’ version even hit no. 1 on the UK charts in February 2021.

14. Love Grows — Edison Lighthouse

“Love Grows” might just be one of the purest TikTok trends ever. The first verse of the song describes a woman who doesn’t quite look or act like everyone else: She has wild hair and unusual clothes, but ultimately, it’s not important. Why? Because “Oh, but Love grows where my Rosemary goes. And nobody knows like me.” The song has become the background of choice for tributes to the women that they love. These video montages are as unique as the women featured in them, but they are bound to make you feel warm and fuzzy.

15. Good 4 U — Olivia Rodrigo

“Good 4 U” might just be the sassiest breakup song ever written, full of sarcastic well-wishes for an ex-lover who seems to be doing great after a messy end to the relationship. It took off as soon as it was released in 2021, becoming TikTok’s go-to rage song of choice. It is a pretty darn cathartic song, with its high-energy, almost-yelled chorus and climax of “Well, screw that, and screw you.” It has been used to memorialize breakups all over TikTok, including showing women making dramatic changes to their hair.

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16. Heat Waves — Glass Animals

In the summer of 2022, it seemed like the song “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals was everywhere. It was certainly all over TikTok, specifically the lyrics “Sometimes all I think about is you. Late nights in the middle of June. Heat waves been faking me out. Can’t make you happier now.” The song has become the backtrack for things that you just can’t get off your mind—whether that is an old flame, a memory that lives rent-free in your head, or something else. TikTok uses it from the poignant to the absurd with everything in between. 

17. My Type — Saweetie

@theelaurenspeed

😂😂😂 My hubby ladies and gentlemen. @cameronreidhamilton

♬ My Type – Saweetie

When it comes to attraction, everyone has their own type. That’s what Saweetie’s “My Type” is all about, and the trend quickly took TikTok by storm. In these videos, users would showcase the kind of person that they were most attracted to. Some of these were authentic, while others were gently poking fun at themselves for being attracted to toxic people. And other times, it is just a fun way to show that everyone is different when it comes to what they’re looking for in a romantic partner.

18. Get You the Moon — Kina feat. Snøw

Some TikTok trends are fun or silly, but “Get You the Moon” is a little bit different. This song has become widely used as a backing track for videos that are poignant, inspirational, serious, or heartwarming. You’ll hear it on videos of all kinds, with one thing in common: They are bound to get your eyes watering. Whether you’re watching a puppy reunite with its long-lost owner or having your attention drawn to social injustice, “Get You the Moon” fits the bill. 

19. Glimpse of Us — Joji

@brittany.xavier

I always pick the movie tho 💁🏻‍♀️ #marriedlife #husband

♬ Glimpse of Us – Joji

There are plenty of TikTok songs that gained traction because of their nostalgia, and “Glimpse Of Us” is one of them. Joji’s song is perfect for looking back at key moments over the years. Every TikTok user interprets it in their own way, but you will find everything from personal videos to photo montages set to this track. It is all about showing glimpses of important moments throughout someone’s life, from relationships starting to babies being born and growing up, students graduating from school, and much more. 

20. Out West — JACKBOYS, Travis Scott Featuring Young Thug

@nicolebloomgarden

Boi me pointing in the beginning ugly af😂🤦🏽‍♂️ BUT YALL GOT TO HOP ON THIS CHALLENGE😏 #OutWestChallenge #fyp #foryou #dance #wintersports

♬ OUT WEST (feat. Young Thug) – JACKBOYS & Travis Scott

“Out West” went viral in the early-ish days of TikTok, sweeping the app up in a dance challenge. The world even saw celebrities like Usher, Shaq, Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, and Ellen DeGeneres release their own versions of the choreography. The dance itself was created by user @nicolebloomgarden, and the fact that she didn’t get credit for it drew attention to some of the platform’s weak spots. The dance craze led to more than 9 million videos on TikTok alone and was performed at an NBA All-Star Game.

21. About Damn Time — Lizzo

@joshhelfgott

#duet with @downtonabbeyofficial PROVE HER WRONG 😏😏😏#downtonabbey

♬ original sound – downtonabbeyofficial

In the summer of 2022, everyone was breaking it down to Lizzo’s “About Damn Time.” While there are some loose dance moves and gestures, the trend is really more about the attitude—which is something Queen Lizzo delivers in spades. The trend has been copied by users all across the app, including the Downton Abbey cast performing it on the red carpet! Sometimes it just feels good to channel the energy and attitude that Lizzo brings in all her music. The trend focuses on the most singable part of the whole song, which might speak to its popularity. 

22. Major Bag Alert DJ Khaled featuring Migos

“Major Bag Alert” by DJ Khaled has become the kind of tongue-in-cheek TikTok trend that is peak Gen Z humor. The song is being used as a way to show situations where people or corporations are expecting a big payout, sometimes through unscrupulous means. The videos usually depict people dancing to the music over a caption such as: When an old lady moves in next door and she has no family and friends so you help her out in the hopes of getting her money when she kicks the bucket. Is it dark humor? Yes, and unapologetically so.

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23. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now — Celine Dion

@jeenie.weenie

Reply to @dianakmana this was chaos 😭😂

♬ It’s All Coming Back To Me Now – JEENIE

Celine Dion is the queen of the power ballad, so it’s not hard to see why her song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” has become the tune of choice for TikTok users who want to put on a show. The song has become a trend with people showing how they turn their homes into backdrops for over-the-top music videos, complete with elaborate outfits, lighting, and effects. Many of the videos also offer a glimpse of the “behind the scenes” with family members scrambling to help, which adds an element of comedy to the ultra-dramatic track.

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24. Best Friend — Saweetie Featuring Doja Cat

@sherinicolee

maui is my real best friend but don’t tell @addisonre #mybestfriend

♬ Best Friend (feat. Doja Cat) – Saweetie

Talk about a sweet trend. Doja Cat’s collaboration with Saweetie is called “Best Friend,” and it has quickly become the go-to anthem for honoring the most important friend in your life. Sometimes, it is a simple photo or video montage, other times a choreographed dance, or just a video showing the ways that that person has been there for you through thick and thin. It just goes to show that the title “best friend” isn’t just for kids—and there are a ton of ways that friends support each other no matter how old they are!

25. Day ‘n’ Nite — Kid Cudi

@bellapoarch

My face after realizing, I failed the trend🤣

♬ Day ‘N’ Nite (nightmare) – Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi’s song “Day ‘N’ Nite” was widely used across TikTok for many reasons. But one of the most popular ways was to contrast people, places, or experiences during the day versus at night. Some of these videos could be considered “glow-up” challenges, showing how people dress during the day compared to when they go out for a night on the town. Some are simpler, showing a city skyline before and after the sun goes down, or what it’s like to ride a motorcycle, or go scuba diving when it’s dark. Others, well, they fail the trend.

26. Temperature — Sean Paul

@enisa

Me everytime I hear this song lol 💃🏻

♬ Temperature – Sean Paul

In yet another example of TikTok resurrecting old hits, Sean Paul’s 2005 track “Temperature” swept the app in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer himself set the challenge, but there were no real rules—no set choreography or other specs, though most users took the challenge as a chance to recreate Sean Paul’s own moves from his original music video. Essentially, the challenge came down to who could give the song the most dynamic adaptation. The whole app delivered, with millions of videos tagged #temperaturechallenge.

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27. Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) — The Shangri-Las

@tillyramsay

I’m still running far far away…. #ohno #fyp @gordonramsayofficial

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

Ask anyone the first song that comes to mind when they think of TikTok, and it’s not unlikely that they will say this song by The Shangri-Las. That being said, they probably won’t know what the song is actually called. They are much more likely to call it the “Oh No” song since that is the sample that is widely used around TikTok. The snippet comes from the 1964 hit “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand),” which was largely forgotten until it made a resurgence on the video platform. It quickly went viral as the background track of choice for videos that show things going just right—and then horribly wrong. It’s hypnotically simple and hilariously perfect, with its simple repetition of “Oh no! Oh no! Oh no, no, no, no, no!”

28. Aesthetic — Xilo

@devonrodriguezart

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone 🥺💘 spread love! #valentinesday #love #artistsoftiktok #fyp

♬ Aesthetic – Xilo

The clue to this trend is right in the name—it is all about showing off items or experiences that are so aesthetically pleasing that they make you feel relaxed and satisfied. These videos are downright mesmerizing, depicting anything from making gourmet coffee to painting on canvas or something else. It is a great way for TikTok users to share their creations for no reason except that they are just so pleasant to look at. 

29. UCKERS — Shygirl

@abbyroberts

time for a big look inspired by the gorgeous @gottmik

♬ UCKERS – Shygirl

Many songs on TikTok are used to show transformations, especially from the ordinary to the extraordinary. “UCKERS” by Shygirl has become the background track for makeup transformations and other similar glow-ups, showing how someone who looks like anyone else can become totally unique with the right tools and a lot of talent. This user, for example, used the song to show off her makeup skills to create this look. 

30. Savage — Meghan Thee Stallion

Meghan Thee Stallion released “Savage” in 2020, and it quickly became a dance craze. It was perfect back during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when we all needed a bit of a pick-me-up. “Savage” became an anthem for all of us who wanted to say that we’ve still got our mojo. The dance was adapted millions of times and sparked countless parodies, covers, and dance routines. Sometimes, the right song is the best way to pump yourself up!

31. Beggin’ — Måneskin

“Beggin’” has become a popular soundtrack for many types of TikTok videos. It is often used as background music for “glow-up” challenges, where users contrast their normal look with how they look in glamorous clothing, makeup, or cosplay. The song has also given rise to a choreographed dance as well as many covers, including a cappella and acoustic renditions. It’s rare to find a song that is so versatile across the platform, but “Beggin’” seems to be used for everything from fashion to singing and ensemble dances. Search the tag on the app and you might find yourself scrolling for hours!

32. As It Was — Harry Styles

@fallontonight

Has it really been six years?! #MillieBobbyBrown is here tonight to talk all things StrangerThings! #FallonTonight

♬ As It Was – Harry Styles

It should come as no surprise that Harry Styles’ poignant song “As It Was” has become a way to do a nostalgic look back at photos of the past. These videos are usually displayed year by year, starting with the most recent and going back. They are popularly used to show how extensively people may change in a short period, so they may showcase big life changes—such as relationships developing, children growing up, moving to a new home, making a gender transition, getting a degree, or even losing a loved one.

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33. Bored in the House — Curtis Roach And Tyga

Talk about the perfect song for the COVID-19 lockdown. Back in March 2020, we were all stuck in the house without being able to go anywhere or see anyone. So this song pretty much fits the bill perfectly. It went viral right around that time, often accompanied by the tag #quarantinemood. Though it wasn’t the first TikTok trend to arise out of quarantine boredom, it was one of the most iconic (and it still slaps long after the end of lockdown). 

34. Nonstop — Drake

@azzyland

Tag a friend who you would do this with 🥰 @brennentaylor

♬ Nonstop – Drake

Who doesn’t remember the Flip The Switch challenge that went viral back in early 2020? Set to the Drake track “Nonstop,” which repeats the words “Look, I just flipped the switch (flipped, flipped),” the trend took over TikTok throughout the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these videos, TikTok users “flipped” roles halfway through, often by literally hitting a switch or opening a door. They then would appear suddenly as each other, trading clothes and hairstyles. In some versions, a single person would switch suddenly into a different version of themselves, making it perfect for makeup and cosplay transformations. 

35. Pope is a Rockstar — Sales

If there was ever a song for celebrating the small victories in life, it is “Pope Is A Rockstar”. This is the tune you use when you want to say, “You go, little guy!” It is often used for videos of babies or animals achieving small successes, such as rolling over for the first time or taking a big jump onto a piece of furniture. It might not be the most important thing to memorialize, but it sure is adorable.

36. Potential Breakup Song — Aly & AJ

@lorengray

finally shot for something i’ve been working on all year with my fave girls @brooketaylorkier @tatimcquay I HAVE A BRAND & ITS COMING IN DECEMBER 😭

♬ Potential Breakup Song – Aly & AJ

Aly & AJ were big on the Disney scene back in the early 2000s, but they have since reentered the spotlight as a sister music duo. Their “Potential Breakup Song” was released back in 2007 but went viral on TikTok as a kind of self-confident feminist anthem. It was often used as the soundtrack for videos of girls’ nights out, usually with each member of the party lip-synching a line to the camera in turn. 

37. Break My Stride — Matthew Wilder 

Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride” came out back in 1983. At the time, it wasn’t a particularly big hit. Then it experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to TikTok, like so many other throwback songs before it. On the app, it is widely used as an upbeat backing track, often for a cute animal who looks like it is having a great day. This song is bound to make you smile, especially if it is playing over a video of puppies, kittens, or ducklings. 

38. Pieces — Danilo Stankovic

@marinemammalrescue

Did you know that baby harbour seals can be very vocal? Have a listen! You can even hear them in the background!👂🏼🔈 #volumeup #babyseal #cute #fyp

♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic

“Pieces” by pianist Danilo Stankovic went viral for its simple beauty and poignant melody. The song was uploaded onto Soundcloud and quickly made its way to other parts of the internet before becoming the song of choice for emotionally-loaded videos on TikTok. If you see a moving video of a kitten being rescued from the side of the road set to piano music, there is a good chance that it is Danilo Stankovic playing in the background. 

39. It’s Not the Same Anymore — Rex Orange County

“It’s Not The Same Anymore” took off as a way to show change over time. TikTok users showed pictures or videos of themselves in years past to emphasize how much they had changed, often in just a few years. Most of the time, the videos mark a dramatic turn of events in someone’s life, such as the birth of a baby, career change, move, or marriage.

40. Batman — LPB Poody

@annabananaxdddd

wanted to see how far back i could go lol

♬ Batman – LPB Poody

The “Batman” challenge went viral in the winter of 2020-2021, and it all comes down to one line in the chorus: “She told me to recline, so I had to let back the seats.” The line inspired a dance that involved miming turning a crank, then reclining back in time with other dancers. 

41. Touch It — Busta Rhymes

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♬ Touch It (remix) – Wisdom Kaye

Busta Rhymes “Touch It” was one of the first big TikTok trends of the COVID-19 pandemic (somewhat ironically named!) While we were all in lockdown, TikTok users adopted the song to show off all their best outfits, from the fancy to the unusual to the downright wacky. The trend includes a dramatic slow-motion effect, which is what really sets it apart from some of the other “wardrobe show-off” trends on the platform. Say that it was a product of quarantine boredom, but “Touch It” will go down in history as one of the defining TikTok trends of the early 2020s. 

42. Old Town Road — Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

We can thank TikTok for giving us the cultural treasure that is Lil Nas X. When his song “Old Town Road” went viral on the app, it catapulted him to fame and eventually to a mainstream career. The song isn’t associated with a single challenge, though it did spark a dance craze, often with younger TikTok users roping their parents into dancing with them. But you will also see it used over videos of typical “country” or outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, farm work, mudding, and working with livestock. It became an anthem for all self-titled country boys and girls.

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43. All Too Well — Taylor Swift

@chris

@Taylor Swift you understand right..?? @ianpaget_ this is sacred time

♬ All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift released two versions of “All Too Well,” with her 10-minute version including a short film. The longer version captured the hearts of Swifties everywhere. While “All Too Well” has gone viral on TikTok as the dramatic backtrack of choice, it has also been used for comedy sketches, such as overdramatizing minute disagreements in relationships. And then there is this one, who doesn’t think reenacting this once was enough.

44. Rasputin — Boney M.

Boney M.’s 1978 song “Rasputin” going viral is millennial and Gen Z humor at its peak. In a combination of absurdism and cynicism, the song somehow became the soundtrack of choice for TikTok users “showing off” their positive COVID-19 tests, or the reason they became positive. Gallows humor isn’t for everyone, but it definitely has a place in the world of TikTok. Why “Rasputin” of all the songs? No one knows the answer. Boney M. never could have imagined that their hit track could have been used to inject a bit of humor into a global pandemic, 45 years after it was written. 

45. Edge — Rezz

Sometimes, the simplest trends reach the hardest. There is no real catch to Rezz’s “Edge”—it’s just a fantastically catchy song with a hypnotic beat. Yes, technically there is a dance trend associated with it, but the trend is more about the camera work, which lends a robotic effect. And since the craze is pretty tricky, you will find plenty of videos of people attempting the trend and failing. It just goes to show that some of the most inexplicable content can go viral—often for no reason at all. 

46. Up — Cardi B

@blondebrunetteredhead

happy international women’s day #fyp

♬ Up – Cardi B

The Cardi B “Up” dance challenge swept across TikTok in 2021. The trend went viral thanks to the dance’s high-energy, complex dance moves, which take some serious skill to replicate. Millions of TikTok users took to the app to try it out—some more successfully than others—while others just rollerblade to it, like the Riverdale show’s female leads

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47. Dangerous — Kardinal Offishall

“Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall sparked millions of TikTok videos with its catchy repeated lines such as “Notice you, noticin’ me” and “That girl is so dangerous.” Adaptations of the song ranged from showing off sultry dance moves to funny parodies about the kind of woman who is truly “dangerous.” 

48. Vacation — Dirty Heads

It is pretty self-explanatory why the song by Dirty Heads became the anthem for going on vacation. The track gained popularity as a way to show off the sights and experiences of users’ trips around the world, from the beaches of Bali to the mountains of Peru and beyond, or a relaxing day at the pool with a can of beer. 

49. SugarCrash! — ElyOtto

“SugarCrash!” by ElyOtto was originally a track on Soundcloud before it exploded onto TikTok and immediately went viral. The song quickly became popular for lip-sync challenges thanks to its robotic techno feel and superfast lyrics. Those videos then grew into a trend where users stitched with other videos to poke fun at themselves for jumping on the trend. 

50. Cannibal — Kesha

@yodelinghaley

cannibal w my phone at 1% dc: @ya.girl.bri.bri97

♬ Cannibal by Kesha – rapidsongs

Kesha’s song “Cannibal” hit TikTok and inspired a dance craze because of its hypnotic beat and aggressive lyrics. It’s yet another example of TikTok’s ability to resurrect old hits seemingly from the dead. The song came out in 2010 as part of Kesha’s album but went viral after teen user @ya.girl.bri.bri97 debuted her own choreography. The song is actually pretty gritty, weaving themes of misandry, sexual attraction, and literal cannibalism—all of which, as it turns out, lend themselves perfectly to a high-energy dance craze. The choreography even includes miming eating from a bowl to the lyrics “I’ll eat you up.”

51. abcdefu — GAYLE

@fallontonight

🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 @gaylecantspell #abcdefu #FallonTonight

♬ abcdefu – GAYLE

Most of us can relate to not having good feelings for someone in our past. The song “abcdefu” by GAYLE became a trend on TikTok as a catchy way to tell someone to… well, to get lost. The song was even used by Jimmy Fallon on TikTok with the singer herself, saying: When someone says they don’t like dogs. It makes sense, considering the lyrics of the chorus: “Everybody but your dog, you can all fuck off.”

52. Jiggle Jiggle — Duke & Jones and Louis Theroux

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♬ Jiggle Jiggle – Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux

“Jiggle Jiggle” might just be one of the strangest TikTok trends of all time. It’s not even a song—or at least it wasn’t until the trend of putting audio clips to autotune became a thing. The words come from an interview of journalist Louis Theroux describing a rap he wrote in 2000. When the clip resurfaced, background music and autotune effects were added and a new song was born. After it went viral, Theroux teamed up with music producers to record it for real. It has since been used as the accompanying track for millions of videos.

53. Peaches — Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” topped the charts in 2021. On TikTok, it was quickly adopted as a soundtrack for showing experiences at their most authentic. Of course, that can go in a lot of different directions—the millions of videos that used the viral song varied from showing off expensive items to experiencing nature at its closest and most personal. In many cases, the videos were actually peach-themed. In other words, the song is a simple way of sending the message that something is the real deal. 

54. International Super Spy — From The Backyardigans

The Backyardigans is a children’s show that ran from 2004 to 2013. Its catchy songs have been used multiple times in internet trends. One of the songs, “International Super Spy,” went viral because of the dramatic vocals of singer Sean Curley. It has become a trend on TikTok as the soundtrack for situations that are not what they seem. This video, for example, shows a dog that at first glance appears to be a regular Golden Retriever. It is only once the camera offers a long shot that we realize it is actually a Golden Retriever and Dachshund mix with the classic “sausage” body and stubby legs.

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55. Say So — Doja Cat

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♬ Say So – Doja Cat

Sometimes, songs go viral on TikTok just because someone started a dance trend. That’s exactly what happened with Doja Cat’s “Say So,” which exploded in December 2019. This was when Haley Sharpe uploaded a video of herself performing a self-choreographed dance routine that went viral. She tagged Doja Cat, and soon, it was a full-on dance craze. Sharpe’s routine was recreated countless times by other TikTok users, including actress Laura Dern and beauty vlogger James Charles. Eventually, Doja Cat herself released a 70s-themed music video of the song and included Sharpe’s routine—and Sharpe herself as a backup dancer!

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