Songs made popular by TikTok: From Savage to Say So
The app is more than just a way to waste time – it’s packed with hacks, from beauty tips and workout tips, fashion inspiration and cleansing tips.
The power of TikTok is such that it can do what sometimes a musician can’t do alone – send their song stratospheric.
Yes, TikTok has sometimes been the deciding factor in determining which tracks to top the charts, rekindling old hits, or creating new stars.
Here we put together some of the songs that have hit all the right notes with TikTok users …
Savage by Megan Thee Stallion
Before Beyonce even jumped on the remix, Savage was slashing the competition in the charts thanks to her ubiquity on TikTok.
The song, by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, became a viral sensation after popular TikTok user Keara Wilson released her original dance choreography to the track on the platform on March 10, 2020.
Days later, Charlie D’Amelio, Keke Palmer, Normani and others recreated Wilson’s moves on the track – a viral sensation was born and Savage would go on to get a Billboard Number One.
Say it by Doja Cat
Can’t think past what appears to be a mainstream run through the charts and pop culture, but Doja Cat’s Say So did have a bit of an impact when it was released.
As with Savage, it was a dance trend on TikTok that contributed to the song’s rise.
Doja Cat herself recreated the dance in the following music video.
Queen of Disaster by Lana del Rey
TikTok’s power to detect an earworm doesn’t just include the latest hits.
Lana del Rey is an artist famous for having a huge catalog of unreleased titles. One of those tracks was Queen of Disaster.
Somehow, the audio of this went viral on TikTok with ‘#queenofdisaster’ collectively having 25 million views on the app.
Supalonely by Benee feat. Gus Dapperton
This song, by New Zealand singer Benee and American singer Gus Dapperton, really took off in March 2020 – with the hashtag #Supalonelychallenge having over 41 million views.
I’m just a child by Simple Plan
The 2002 pop-rock classic got a rebirth thanks to the #imjustakid challenge.
This is the challenge where people recreate their childhood photos.
Some are hilarious, some are heartwarming, and some even have pets in action.
Simple Plan’s challenge and song has been viewed over 500 million times on TikTok.
Simple Plan jumped into action, recreating photos of their group.
Rasputin by Boney M
Another classic revisited, this one goes back even further. The 1970s track became a TikTok sensation after boys, girls and everyone else used the song as the soundtrack for their flexing.
The track is read and since the lyrics say Rasputin is “ tall and strong, ” the TikTok user tends to lose their shirt and flex in front of the camera.
Unsurprisingly, the Rasputin Challenge hashtag has been viewed over 74 million times.
Laxed (Siren Beat) by Jawsh 685
Over 46 million videos have been created of this song, which was the creation of Joshua Nanai, a teenager in school who goes through Jawsh 685.
Originally posted in 2019 on YouTube, the song exploded into the soundtrack of one of TikTok’s most ubiquitous dance trends, Culture Dance, which even had Jason DeRulo on board.
Never forget yourself by Hazelnuts
Released in 2009 and ranked respectable No. 20 in the UK, the track from British band Noisettes is experiencing a resurgence thanks to a TikTok trend.
The song is used as people dedicate, shall we say, memories of fleeting encounters with people.
These memories are revealed when the song hits its “ I’ll Never Forget You ” lyrics – as it is revealed in most videos that the memory is actually a child.
However, not all of them are surprise babies – the Never Forget You challenge includes other sweet but short encounters that people have had, such as stray dogs who bonded with the TikTok user on vacation, friends hanging out. are done in bathrooms on a night out and more.
Cannibal by Kesha
Kesha has had many hit songs throughout her career, but one of her lesser-known album songs became massively popular on TikTok thanks to a dance routine.
The song has been used over five million times on the app.
Vibe (if I save it) by Cookiee Kawaii
TikTok is the birthplace of snake hips and twerking, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of videos – nearly 1.4 million at the time of writing, to be exact – that have made this twerking anthem so popular.
Cookiee Kawaii is a musical artist from New Jersey and in her viral hit, her voice can be heard singing “if I save it, is that fat enough?”.
It was a song made for body positive dance moves, and TikTok users didn’t disappoint.
There were also a few fun parodies of the song, including classy apprentice star Ryan-Mark Parsons reading the lyrics to his iconic Received Pronunciation.
ROXANNE by Arizona Zervas
Anthem ‘flex’, ROXANNE has been used over 1.7 million times at the time of writing.
The song is typically used on videos where people are showing something – amazing views, luxurious interiors, or special skills.
The vibe of the videos matches the lyrics, which include: “ Everything for the ” Gram
B * tches loves the “Gram”.
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