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- Viral TikTok songs provide the soundtrack to everything from dance crazes to lazy-day short-form vlogs.
- From original to remix, selecting the right audios can help to ensure your TikTok videos reach even bigger audiences.
- So when you’re ready to get started, we’re bringing you the top 10 TikTok songs 2022 to take your content to the next level.
How do you make a top TikTok song right now? Not every chart-topping hit manages to rise to the upper echelons of TikTok popularity. But for those that do, bigger audiences and more streams are practically guaranteed.
Music producers will already be aware that TikTok is unrivalled in its ability to send tracks viral. From Lil Nas X to Megan Thee Stallion, TikTok’s music marketing is unmatched. But that’s not everything worth knowing about music on the platform.
For users, the music that accompanies a video can be just as important as the visual content. That’s because using popular TikTok songs can see videos amplified via the algorithm to land on more users’ For You Pages, or function as a kind of shorthand that highlights the video punchline or links to a particular trend.
Understanding trending Tiktok songs is a key step in ensuring that your content remains fresh and relevant – so here’s everything you need to know about the best TikTok songs, how to use them, and why they’re so popular amongst the platform’s Gen Z users.
Top TikTok Songs Right Now
Ready to find out what songs are trending on TikTok? We’ve consulted our industry-leading Bystesights tool to bring you the top popular TikTok songs right now 2022:
1. About Damn Time - Lizzo
Spurring a viral dance challenge, the newest track from American singer Lizzo is one of the fastest-growing sound in the UK this summer. The singer has dueted many users who’ve attempted the TikTok dance or used the song in their content – which has pushed the track’s popularity even further.
2. As It Was - Harry Styles
Ex-One Directioner Harry Styles dropped his latest single, As It Was lately, and safe to say, it’s a bop. It includes a poignant line, ‘you know it’s not the same as it was’, which triggers nostalgia and feelings about being vulnerable. TikTokers are using it to soundtrack a trend showing clips of themselves from 2022, 2021, 2020 and back, to show themselves as a completely different person before the pandemic.
3. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush
After featuring in an episode of the hit Netflix drama Stranger Things, Kate Bush’s music has not only taken TikTok by storm, but also re-entered the UK charts. Not bad for a song originally released in 1985.
Just imagine me in a two piece (for educational purposes ONLY) 📚🍑
4. Flashing Lights - Kanye West
Kanye West has produced some of the most popular TikTok songs in the past – and we do mean the past. This hip hop track was originally released in 2007, but now a clip of the track is being used by TikTokers asking “why can’t life always be this easy?”
5. MEAN! - Madeline the Person
Used by TikTokers to respond to hate comments or judgements, Madeline the Person’s lyrics strike a chord with many content creators on the platform, across a whole range of communities and niches. It’s that ease of TikTok application – and its catchy tune – that makes this a viral hit on the platform.
6. Low Down - venbee & DanFable
This original sound from TikTok users venbee.music and Dan Fable hit a million streams in only five days – and has even been used by celebs like Sam Smith.
7. Go (Higher & Faster) - Cat Burns
With sassy lyrics and a catchy tune, this new song has been attracting attention from users responding to the song’s central message… or just appreciating the gentle vibes.
8. Reggae & Calypso - Russ Millions x Buni x YV
The popularity of this sound probably has a lot to do with YouTube star Harry from the Sidemen (@W2S) declaring it his top track on Spotify. If you search the sound, you’ll find plenty of football-related content to browse – and impressive dances and trick shots, too.
Use my sound if you think your STURDYYY I DARE YOU!
9. 10 Things I Hate About You - Leah Kate
The list in the lyrics of this song make it the perfect vehicle for the memes and snappy transitions that TikTok users love to feature in their videos – and you’ll find many of the videos under this sound using snappy jump cuts in time with the countdown.
10. Don’t Stop - Olamide
The song behind a TikTok dance trend, most of the videos using this track feature TikTok users bopping along to the beat and trying the dance moves themselves – and hyping each other up in the comments, of course.
Why are these the top TikTok songs right now?
Although they do feature on this list, songs don’t have to be new releases to rise to TikTok fame. In fact, some of the biggest TikTok songs have been much older.
Take Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams, for example. Or Boney M’s Rasputin, which ruled the TikTok airwaves in early 2021. Thanks to a feature in Series 4 of Stranger Things, Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill is the latest ‘80s hit to trend on the social media site.
Aside from their sudden return to popularity, what do these tracks have in common? They all play into Gen Z’s nostalgia. This generation is known for being particularly fond of any content that encourages the experience of those nostalgic feelings – a huge 83% of Gen Zers state that they enjoy seeing nostalgic content on social media.
Other popular TikTok songs are hits because they’re amusing, or their lyrics are particularly suited to a trend or challenge. Take, for example, the songs Castaways from Nickelodeon show The Backyardigans. The catchy kids song with the repeating lyrics ‘into the thick of it’ quickly became TikTok shorthand for jumping into an adventure – whether that be a misjudged hike, or trawling through hate comments.
In fact, its popularity as a backing track soon had it debuting as number 1 on Spotify US’s Viral 50 Chart.
And TikTokers don’t just celebrate the big hits. They also often latch onto original songs, just like as happened with Punkinloveee’s Freakshow, a track which has since been streamed over 62 million times on Spotify.
If nothing else, the range of songs shows that the top TikTok songs right now are versatile. They tap into Gen Z’s interests: whether it be silly entertainment, or old-school nostalgia.
Viral TikTok music: the top hits
Want to be an expert on the best songs on TikTok? There are a few viral sounds you need to be aware of. Any user who has been active on the app will be aware of these viral tracks, many of which became practically synonymous with the platform.
So, in no particular order, here’s a walk through some of the most popular TikTok artists and trends:
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X initially rose to fame largely thanks to a viral TikTok trend, which saw users using his Old Town Road mashup song as the track behind the “yee yee trend”. His track Montero (Call Me by Your Name ) garnered over 2 million videos and 12 billion views. He’s gone on to win Grammys (plural) – proof of the platform’s ability to launch careers.
Another artist with TikTok to thank for launching her career, Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album ‘Sour’ broke the global Spotify record for the biggest opening week for an album by a female artist. Undoubtedly thanks to TikTok’s love of all three of the album’s singles (Drivers License, Good 4 U, and Deja Vu), which each charted in the top 3 on the Official Billboard Top 100.
Along with Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, Doja Cat is a reigning queen of TikTok audios. Active on the platform herself, the American singer’s song Say So rose to fame after TikTok influencer Haley Sharpe created a viral dance for the track. Other Doja Cat tracks that TikTokers love include Kiss me more, Woman and Motive featuring Ariana Grande.
Taylor Swift is often trending on TikTok, and her track Nothing New went viral after the release of her album ‘Red (Taylor’s Version) as users took her lyrics about being 17 as a trend to show pictures of themselves at that age, and talk about how much they’d grown. Of course, this plays right into Gen Zers’ nostalgia, and also their focus on mental health.
At one point, the Canadian’s song ‘Peaches’ appeared across everyone’s FYP: behind recipe videos, vlogs, challenges… Whatever the video, Justin Bieber’s voice seemed to universally fit the bill.
At one point in 2021, you couldn’t scroll TikTok without encountering Saweetie’s “let’s go” sound clip from her song Best Friend, combined with users turning around and walking away, soundtracked by a simple tapping beat. TikTokers used the song to poke fun at themselves being sassy. There were multiple versions of the sound clip on TikTok, with this one alone garnering over 330 million views.
Charli XCX is a regular hit-maker, on and off TikTok. In fact, the latter is even credited with “resurrecting her song from the dead”, as TikTokers discovered her 2017 single Unlock It and used it to soundtrack a viral TikTok dance.
Jack Harlow regularly gets a lot of love on TikTok, with his track First Class becoming the latest to go viral. The song’s seductive hook, which first-class treatment courtesy of a sample from Fergie’s 2006 hit “Glamorous,” has spurred many viral TikTok videos featuring the track to show off users’ glamorous lifestyles.
Texas rapper Erica Banks track Buss It was credited with creating the “first viral TikTok trend of 2021” , as TikTokers used the song to attempt the “Buss it challenge” – showcasing their “glow-ups” and video-editing skills.
Perhaps a surprising addition to this list, the popularity of Carrie Underwood’s Church Bells functions as proof that TikTokers aren’t as hung up on genre as you might expect, given their collective youth. The song was used as a way to launch a celebration of country music – and celebrate users did.
Bruno Mars (ish).
Bruno Mars’ song Talking to the Moon went viral on TikTok recently, but not for the reason you’d expect. TikTok user Sickickmusic (@sickickmusic) created a remix of the track, which has so far garnered over 200 M views. The reason? It sparked a trend where TikTokers switch the ‘inverted’ filter on and off rapidly, matching the beat. Random — but effective.
Viral TikTok Songs: What can we learn from them?
Of course, this list only shows the fastest-growing TikTok songs across the app generally amongst UK users – but while TikTok has a massive user base (over 9 million monthly active users in the UK, and 1 billion monthly active users overall!) – most of those users operate within specific, far more niche communities.
So while these top TikTok songs are encountered by most users, there are even more trending songs within each specific content community.
That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you’re active on TikTok within the communities you intend to attract to your brand. Not only will this bring you a greater understanding of the kind of content these users want to see – which gets the most comments, likes, and other engagement from users – but also what kind of soundtrack is popular.
By aligning your brand’s content with these trends, you’re far more likely to see your posts picked up and spread by the TikTok algorithm amongst the community of users you’re most interested in.
Of course, that’s not always simple for brands. While some of TikTok’s trending audios are easy for brands to use, licensing laws can sometimes provide a stumbling block when it comes to branded content creation.
But while it can mean that some trends are off-limits for brands, knowing what they are, and why they’re popular, can help you to create better, more engaging content for your audience regardless.
TikTok songs: Charting with Gen Z
The TikTok ecosystem is ever-changing. The top songs of today will be different tomorrow, and there’s always the chance that a new huge trend will sweep through and take over the TikTok airwaves in a moment’s notice.
That said, staying up to date on the popular TikTok songs of any one time allows brands to keep their content relevant, and highlight to TikTok’s majority Gen Z user base that they’re active and involved in the online communities they’re advertising to.
And if you’re not using the tracks yourself? You can still learn a lot from the ones that make it big. It’s well worth following the TikTok account run by user “M I L J A M I M I” (or @miljamimi), who uploads videos detailing the info of trending songs. Whether it’s for a viral dance, a catchy lyric or a throwback to simpler times – Gen Z’s music taste is as eclectic as their interests.
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