TikTok’s influence on the music industry is undeniable.
The app allows creators to create videos of up to 3 minutes in length with the option of using “sounds”, which are often song clips. Users like Doggface208, real name Nathan Apodaca, popularized songs like Fleetwood Mac’s’ 70s hit “Dreams,” which went viral and landed on the Billboard charts.
Here are 10 songs TikTok has put us on this year.
K8do ft. Meez – “Go Off”
As the song hit YouTube on September 6, “Go Off” took off on TikTok with over 130,000 videos. Users caption videos of themselves dancing to the song and performing various movements, often with the hashtag #gooffchallenge. Popular song samples jazz song “Wild flowerBy Hank Crawford. For those who need a hip song, a party track or a new addition to the “wake up” playlist, “Go Off” is for you.
Alemeda – “I will bleach my eyebrows”
“Gonna Bleach My Eyebrows,” by emerging artist Alemeda, is hyper-feminine alt-pop at its finest. The song encourages listeners to regain their courage, independence and spontaneity. The “girlboss” hymn is used in TikToks which show glares, “before and after” makeup, and affirmations that build confidence.
Capella Gray – “Gyalis”
A native of the Bronx, Capella Gray, dropped out of “GYALIS” in January 2021 after starting his music career a year earlier. The track exploded into a summer hit, probably thanks to New Yorkers on TikTok, and has since been remixed with Chris Brown and Popcaan.
PinkPantheress – “Break it”
PinkPantheress ‘”Break It Off” is a personal favorite, but frankly, all of PinkPantheress’ 2021 discography has exploded on TikTok this year. Gen Z can’t get enough of the UK alt-pop singer Since releasing her songs on TikTok while attending college in London, PinkPantheress has since been signed to Parlophone Records and Elektra. Records. Her songs, “Pain” and “I have to apologize,” have also made the rounds on TikTok, and the singer currently has over a million followers on the platform.
Nardo Wick – “Who wants to smoke? “
Anyone who’s spent 10 minutes on TikTok at some point this year has probably heard this song. Specifically, the part of the song where Wick is rapping, “What the hell is this?” circulated the app for months. “Who Want Smoke” was successful enough to grab the attention of great artists and creators, eventually remixed by G Herbo, Lil Durk and 21 Savage in October. The song was officially certified platinum on November 30, just prior to Wick’s December 3 release of his debut album, “WHO IS NARDO WICK?”
THE ANXIETY, WILLOW & Tyler Cole – “Meet Me At Our Spot”
“Meet Me At Our Spot” seems to be everyone’s guilty pleasure on TikTok, catching the attention of previous “non-rock fans”. THE ANXIETY, a music duo of WILLOW and Tyler Cole, dropped the song with their eponymous alternative album in March 2020, and the song’s popularity has hardly declined. The creators deposit the song on inspirational style videos, romantic montages and skits. WILLOW dropped his fifth project, “Lately I Feel EVERYTHING”, this summer, which also made waves on TikTok with “transparentsoul (feat. Travis Barker)”.
Guapo – “Mr. Put it”
Guapo’s whisper bars are reminiscent of the Ying Yang Twins on his 2021 hit, “Mr. Put It On.” Trailblazing fashionistas and style gurus at TikTok have used the song on clothing transport videos, compilations of their favorite cuts, and makeup artists remix using the runway for tutorials. “Mister. Put It On” is the go-to for creators looking to “flex” something on the platform. The Houston-based rapper has been dropping music since 2020, and fans are eagerly awaiting what is yet to come of his unique sound.
Amaarae & Kali Uchis – “Sad Girlz Luv Money” Remix (feat. Moliy)
Ghanaian singer-songwriter Amaarae released the original “Sad Girls Luv Money” with Moliy on her 2020 debut album, “THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW”. Amaarae returned with a remix with Kali Uchis in mid-September. The alternative afro-pop musician is truly on her own path and is finally receiving long-deserved recognition for her creativity. “Sad Girlz Luv Money Remix” pours the dancing juice on psychedelic instrumentals.
Moneybagg Yo – “Wockesha”
Moneybagg’s “Wockesha” delivers the grim testimony of a man struggling with an addiction through the musical personification of prescription cough syrup. Many were introduced to the song by watching videos of lip-syncing individuals claiming that the cry for help disguised as a romantic ballad was about them. The creators of TikTok used both the song’s chorus and the intro from the clip from Lil Wayne’s interview to create content on the app. The track was released on Moneybagg’s April 2021 album “A Gangsta’s Pain”.
Soulja Boy Tell-em – “Rick & Morty”
The king of “premieres,” Soulja Boy, may not have been the first rapper to name a song after a cartoon, but he could very well have been the most successful. TikTok hosted the song’s success, and much of Soulja’s recent comeback, and “Rick & Morty” channeled the Bay Area dance, the smeeze, to phone screens across the country. Creators challenging family, friends and colleagues to try viral dancing often do so on the eye-catching runway, which was scrapped in June. It’s been a prolific year for the Atlanta rapper, who released five albums in 2021 alone.