A song is going viral 7 years after its peak thanks to a heartfelt TikTok trend

TikTokers are revealing all the things they love in life with this throwback hit. 

Sam Smith’s 2014 track “Like I Can” has become a viral sensation on TikTok, seven years after its release. The song was the fifth single of the singer’s debut album In The Lonely Hour. Now it’s the soundtrack to a new trend where people make love confessions to their pets, friends and loved ones. There are currently 1.2 million videos on TikTok associated with the sound. Even Smith joined in on the fun. 

What is the “Like I Can” trend on TikTok? 

In the trend, popularized by @mrbeaniebean, users post clips of the things they love. The videos eventually freeze-frame in black and white as Smith sings, “There may be lovers who’ll hold out their hands, but / They’ll never love you like I can, can, can.”

TikToker @mrbeaniebean showed a clip of her dog as the song lyrics appeared on screen. 

How to do the “Like I Can” TikTok trend


it’s a super simple trend but takes ALOT of time! Hope this helped everyone asking 🙂 #fyp #tutorial #howto #neverloveyoulikeican

♬ original sound – Beanie

She made a follow-up video with a tutorial on how to do the “Like I Can” trend. 

1. Open the TikTok app.

2. Select a preexisting video that you love. 

3. Upload the video to the “Like I Can” sound up until Smith says “but.” 

4. Take a screenshot of the final image. 

5. Make the screenshot black and white, then add it to the end of the video. 

6. Lastly, add the lyrics in word by word setting each to the duration of your choosing. 

Examples of the “Like I Can” TikTok trend

The user @katy.smithhhh and a friend did the trend in a public restroom. The pair flipped upside down in the stalls next to each other as the music played. 


This video is from 2018 y’all, look at ussss 😭 @cdot2001 #fypシ #xyczba

♬ Like I Can – Sam Smith

TikToker @bby.hannnn celebrated a friendship by showing footage of a rather intense handshake that went perfectly with the lyrics. 


Made one for all my single ppl out there #greenscreenvideo

♬ Like I Can – Sam Smith

But @sammyjanee had a more humorous take than others, the love of her life appeared to be a giant bottle of vodka. 

Sam Smith responds to the trend


So many amazing Like I Can videos. Love you all, Sam & Velma xx 🐾

♬ Like I Can – Sam Smith

“So many amazing ‘Like I Can’ videos. Love you all, Sam & Velma,” they said

The TikTok featured Smith cuddling with their dog Velma in a wide, grassy field. 

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