If you’re still dreaming of making your mark on TikTok, you need the right tunes to back your sweet dance moves. And TikTok is nothing if not a seemingly endless font of viral tracks. Some of the most popular songs of the past few years even got their starts on TikTok before racing to the top of the Billboard charts. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” for instance, popped off on TikTok in 2019 after gaining some traction on SoundCloud. From there, radio programmers were ripping the song from the internet to meet listener demand to play it on their stations.
TikTok virality doesn’t just stay on the platform. Many artists with tracks that go viral on the platform will find that the song has also launched to the top of their top-played songs list on streaming services, too. Indeed, virality from platforms like TikTok has upended the music industry to an extent. As tracks blow up online, labels are put in the position of finding and signing those songs to their labels instead of the other way around, with the music industry pushing the music to listeners. As more and more artists release new songs and sounds on platforms like TikTok and Triller, we can expect this exciting trend to continue.
As 2020 winds down, TikTok has shared the 10 most popular songs on the app for the year based on their algorithm. Beyond the top 10, we’ve included another 14 songs that have enjoyed virality on the platform this year, many of which have been used in a lot more videos than TikTok’s top 10. Let’s dive in!
24 Top TikTok Songs (That Will Be Stuck in Your Head Through 2021):
1. Laxed (Siren Beat) by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo
“Laxed (Siren Beat),” originally known as “Savage Love,” was created by New Zealand teen and music producer Jawsh 685. Jawsh 685 created the track as a celebration of his Samoan and Cook Island heritage. Jason Derulo reached out to Jawsh 685 about collaborating on the song but ended up releasing the song under the name “Savage Love” without crediting Jawsh 685. Things seem to be worked out for now, and “Savage Love (Laxed—Siren Beat)” ended up at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with BTS. The first TikToks using this song showcased cultural clothing and costume before the song became a backdrop to the “siren beat” dance.
2. Savage and Savage Remix by Megan Thee Stallion, featuring Beyoncé
Megan Thee Stallion’s original “Savage” has been used in more than 30 million TikTok videos, accompanied by the dance challenge started by Keara Wilson. Wilson’s choreography had such a huge impact on TikTok that Teen Vogue named the dancer in their “21 Under 21” feature. The song enjoyed renewed attention when Beyoncé joined Megan Thee Stallion for the remix. “Savage Remix” has since been used in hundreds of thousands of more TikTok videos.
3. OUT WEST by JACKBOYS and Travis Scott, featuring Young Thug
“OUT WEST” was released in December 2019 and gained popularity early in 2020, sparking its own dance challenge (created by Nicole Bloomgarden). It’s been used in about 15 million TikTok videos.
4. WAP by Cardi B, featuring Megan Thee Stallion
“WAP” is a collaboration between Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. It was released in early August and within hours young Guamanian choreographer Brian Esperson shared a routine to the song on Instagram. That video drew the attention of Cardi B herself who shared a clip of the video as well as clips of other dancers who gave the choreography a try. From there, the song and challenge turned viral on TikTok, racking up more than 6 million videos using the track. The TikTok hashtag “WAPChallenge” has more than 1.5 billion views.
5. Say So by Doja Cat
While “Say So” was already known, it went viral after TikTok influencer Haley Sharpe started a dance challenge based on the song. It’s been used in about 18 million TikTok videos this year and Doja Cat even invited Sharpe to share the choreography in the music video for the song. The song also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
6. Tap In by Saweetie
Just 11 days after “Tap In” was released, TikTok star Lesley Gonzalez started a dance challenge. Since then, Saweetie’s first single from her first album, Pretty Bitch Music, has been used in more than 7 million videos on TikTok. While not all of the videos are dance challenges, the vast majority of them are.
7. The Box by Roddy Ricch
“The Box” has been used in more than 2 million TikTok videos and has received acclaim through a stint at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and three 2021 Grammy Awards nominations including best rap song, best melodic rap performance, and song of the year. While this hasn’t been used for a dance challenge on TikTok, it was part of a viral TikTok meme in which TikTok creator Jay Will pokes fun at the “squeaky mirror” sound used in the song.
8. Rags2Riches by Rod Wave, featuring ATR Son Son
“Rags2Riches” was released in April 2020, and by July 2020 had been featured in more than 5 million TikTok videos as part of a dance challenge.
9. Supalonely by BENEE, featuring Gus Dapperton
“Supalonely,” from New Zealand singer BENEE, had a couple of things going for it. For starters, it skyrocketed to popularity thanks to a viral dance challenge for the song created by Zoi Lerma. In addition, The Straits Times credits some of the song’s success to the COVID-19 pandemic since people could easily make a connection with the song’s theme. The song has been used in about 10 million TikTok videos.
10. What You Know Bout Love by Pop Smoke
“What You Know Bout Love” is from American rapper Pop Smoke’s debut studio album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon. It was released in October 2020 and has already been used in more than 12 million TikTok videos. The song followed the same path as another song by Pop Smoke, “Mood Swings,” going viral on TikTok and then achieving success on the charts soon after.
11. Bagaikan Langit (Cover) by Karin
You might not know what it’s called, but this Bagaikan Langit cover by Karin is so nice to listen to and has been used in almost 35 million TikTok videos.
12. Relationship by Young Thug, featuring Future
“Relationship” by Young Thug was included in about 33 million TikTok videos in 2020.
13. Lottery (Renegade) by K Camp
If you opened TikTok even once in 2020, you absolutely saw a video featuring “Lottery (Renegade)” on your For You page. More than 30 million TikTok creators participated in the “Renegade” dance challenge based on choreography by Jalaiah Harmon. K Camp eventually credited Harmon for creating the choreography after some controversy around Harmon not getting credit for the dance initially. The song became the first sound on the platform to be used in 20 million videos.
14. Banana (DJ FLe – Minisiren Remix) by Conkarah featuring Shaggy
“Banana” is based on the Harry Belafonte hit, “Banana Boat (Day-O),” from 1956. It’s been used in more than 30 million TikTok videos in 2020 thanks, in part, to the (you guessed it) viral dance that accompanied the track on the platform.
15. Baila by Tampa Curhat Beat and Karl Wine
“Baila” is another dance song with a catchy beat that went viral on TikTok. It’s been used in around 24 million videos this year.
16. Coño by Puri, featuring Jhorrmountain x Adje
“Coño” was featured in more than 22 million TikTok videos in 2020.
17. Sunday Best by Surfaces
“Sunday Best” is from the American electro-pop band Surfaces and was originally released at the beginning of 2019. The music video was released in July 2019, but the song really started gaining traction and popularity in February 2020 when it started showing up on TikTok. It was the song that launched a thousand dance routines and has been used in more than 20 million TikTok videos in 2020.
18. Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head) by Powfu
“Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head)” is a sweet-sounding song by Powfu that samples “Coffee” by Filipino-British artist Beabadoobee. It was uploaded to SoundCloud and YouTube in 2019 and, after Powfu signed to Columbia Records and Robots + Humans, the song was released on streaming services. The song went viral on TikTok shortly after its release to streaming platforms, earning more than 4.1 billion plays in March 2020 alone.
19. Stunnin’ by Curtis Waters, featuring Harm Franklin
If you’re looking for a song that fits your TikTok video about how good you look and feel, “Stunnin'” is it.
20. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
Imagine Fleetwood Mac’s surprise when they ended up on the Billboard charts yet again thanks to skateboarder Nathan Apodaca using “Dreams” as the backdrop to his now-iconic TikTok video of him skateboarding and drinking Ocean Spray cranberry juice. The video’s popularity landed Apodaca an Ocean Spray collaboration and has had Stevie Nicks herself on the platform using the sound. It’s also been a source of humor for many a Fleetwood Mac fan whose children are just now discovering the band… and telling their parents about it.
@astarosborne##GenX ##GenZ ##Dreams ##FleetwoodMac ##comedy ##comedian ##gay ##funny Thank you Anuli for the camerawork 🤣@thouartanuli♬ Dreams (2004 Remaster) – Fleetwood Mac
21. Boss Bitch by Doja Cat
“Boss Bitch,” by American singer and rapper Doja Cat, has been used by many TikTok creators to highlight their own badassery. Of course, since the internet was created for cats, you can also find the song used in videos featuring pets, too.
22. Potential Breakup Song by Aly & AJ
“Potential Breakup Song” is by American duo Aly & AJ and is the pair’s most successful single yet. The song peaked at number 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and thanks to TikTok, the song quickly blew past Aly & AJ’s second most played track on Spotify. The song was originally released in 2007 but gained renewed popularity after getting more than 26 million viewers during November 2020.
23. Whole Lotta Choppas by Sada Baby
“Whole Lotta Choppas” is from American rapper Sada Baby and was released in August 2020 as the first single from the artist’s debut album. The song and its accompanying choreography went viral on TikTok. After a remix of the song featuring Nicki Minaj, released in October 2020, the song hit a peak on Billboard Hot 100 at number 35.
24. Love Story by Taylor Swift
Not that Taylor Swift isn’t already well-known enough, she enjoyed a resurgence of support for her early-2000s hit “Love Story.” The song was used in thousands of TikToks with choreography and skits set atop the background of Swift’s cutesy love song.
Go Viral on TikTok With Songs and Sounds
One of the best ways to get more TikTok followers and really make a name for yourself on the platform is to actively participate. While you’ll want to be sure to create content that resonates with your target audience, there’s also a lot to be said for joining in on trending TikTok challenges to get more exposure for your content. To get started on your path to TikTok fame, check out our tips to create TikTok videos that go viral.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the song in Keara Wilson’s dance challenge?
Megan Thee Stallion’s original “Savage” accompanies the dance challenge that was started by Keara Wilson. Beyonce joined Megan Thee Stallion for a remix (“Stallion Remix”) which helped the song to enjoy renewed interest. Since this collaboration, this remix has been used in hundreds of thousands videos on TikTok. Though, the original track remains the most popular and has been used in over 30 million TikTok videos already.
How can you go viral on TikTok?
If you want to get more followers on TikTok and truly make a name for yourself on the platform, you need to participate actively. Joining in on TikTok challenges that are currently trending will help you to get more exposure for your content. That being said, this effort will be useless if the content that you create does not resonate with your target audience. So, to sum up, create content that resonates and participate actively in trending TikTok challenges.
What is Aly & AJ’s most successful single?
“Potential Breakup Song” is the American duo’s most successful song yet. Thanks to TikTok, the song reached number 17 on Billboard’s Hot 100. While the song was originally released in 2007, its popularity was renewed after it got more than 26 million viewers during November 2020. The song is also the pair’s most played track on Spotify.
What song does Nathan Apodaca use in his TikTok video?
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac is the song that is used as the backdrop in the iconic video of Nathan Apodaca where he skateboards and drinks Ocean Spray cranberry juice. The use of this song has actually become a source of humor for many Fleetwood Mac fans whose children are only discovering the “new” band now and telling their parents about it.
What is the song in Haley Sharpe’s dance challenge?
“Say So” by Doja Cat is the song that Haley Sharpe based her dance challenge on. The song was actually already known beforehand, but it went viral after Haley used it. In 2020, it has been used in about 18 million TikTok videos already. The song was also number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Doja Cat even invited Sharpe to share the choreography in the music video for the song.