The breakout stars, songs and moments on TikTok in 2022 — and, wow, there are a lot

TikTok released its Year on TikTok: 2022. Here are the trends, songs and creators that made their mark this year. 

Every day, communities convene on TikTok to share their funniest, toughest and weirdest moments. Whether it’s a shared sense of humor or a shared love of dance, TikTok is where celebs, creators and fans keep things copacetic. In 2022, all three groups drove trends, memes and memorable moments. 

Who were the breakout stars of TikTok in 2022?

1. @dylanmulvaney 

Trans actress and comic Dylan Mulvaney captivated TikTok as she documented her transition in the series “Days of Girlhood,” which earned over 1 billion views. 

2. @pepperonimuffin 

Influencer Kirsten shared her Hawaiian culture in lighthearted, funny and creative ways

3. @kervo.dolo 

Comedian Kervo Dolo made TikTok laugh in 2022 with his funny skits and impersonations. 

4. @drewafualo

TikTok’s very own “Crusader of Women,” Drew Afualo is best known for using humor to call out misogyny. 

5. @shoelover99 

Ophelia Nichols, aka “Mama Tot,” cultivated a space for healing on her channel even through life’s toughest moments. 

6. @drewbarrymore

Actress and television host Drew Barrymore created a viral moment when she willingly drenched herself in the pouring rain.

7. @lupitanyongo 

This year, Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o gave glimpses into her Hollywood life to fans. 

8. @jaedengomezz & @karaleighcannella

Best friends Jaeden and Kara are dance-challenge royalty. Jaeden came up with the viral dances for Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” and Ariana Grande’s “34+35.” Meanwhile, Kara choreographed the dances to “Conceited” by Flo Milli and “Cry Baby” by Megan Thee Stallion.

9. @guywithamoviecamera 

Gen Zer Reece Feldman is an entertainment connoisseur. He went viral as a production assistant on the set of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Now, he creates industry-related content.

10. @richardajefferson

Former NBA player and game analyst Richard Jefferson made sports fans laugh by roasting himself and his colleagues. 

What were the top trending videos on TikTok in 2022?

1. @amauryguichonConstructing a very large chocolate giraffe

@amauryguichon

Chocolate Giraffe! 🦒This 8.3ft tall 100% chocolate sculpture is my biggest creation yet. #amauryguichon #chocolate #giraffe

♬ dream river. – Woong Sun Hee

Amaury Guichon’s mesmerizing construction of an 8.3-foot-tall giraffe made entirely of chocolate nabbed TikTok’s top spot.

2. @chipmunksoftiktokSquishy’s back after hibernation!

@chipmunksoftiktok

Thank you God my little Squishy is back from hibernation, fill the cheeks my sweet baby #fyp #welcomeback #cuteanimals #cute #chipmunks #squishy

♬ original sound – Chipmunks of TikTok

SquirrelTok got a real treat when Squishy the squirrel emerged from winter hibernation to feast upon a few nuts.

3. @rosaliaYou can say a lot with the way you chew gum

Spanish singer Rosalia acknowledged her “chewing gum” meme and sent fans into a tizzy.

4. @blondebrunetteredheadA deadpan take on “Jiggle Jiggle” by the leads of Riverdale

The Riverdale ladies flexed their choreo skills in this cheeky routine.

5. @little.blooming.women – “I’m just a baby!”

A toddler’s defensive plea to her mother that she’s “just a baby” was all too relatable.

6. @schmoyohoThe beloved Corn Kid gets remixed

@schmoyoho

intro song for any meal/snack with corn 🌽 – from iconic interview on @doingthings

♬ It’s Corn – Tariq & The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy

Corn Kid’s passion for corn melted America’s hearts this year. Naturally, this musical remix of his iconic interview was a certified bop.

7. @lizzoLizzo helps us learn the choreo for “About Damn Time”

@lizzo

I would’ve given my left coochie lip to be at the spring awakening reunion show 😭

♬ About Damn Time – Lizzo

Singer Lizzo did not mince words when she instructed fans on how to do her hit single’s dance challenge — perfectly. 

8. @itsmrfinnA teacher’s elaborate yearly school musical reveal

This drama teacher practically tortured his students with anticipation just to announce which musical they’d be doing.

9. @jimmydartsHelping Tom get back on his feet

@jimmydarts

Tom is no longer homeless and now has a full time job that he loves ❤️

♬ original sound – Jimmy Darts

Influencer Jimmy Darts showed how Tom, an unhoused man he befriended, turned his life around.

10. @meltandpour The ultimate showdown: lava vs. ice 

Lava and ice went head to head in a legendary battle with a surprising winner. 

What were the top songs on TikTok in 2022? 

1. “Sunroof” – Nicky Youre & dazy

The upbeat tune nabbed the top spot in 2022 after being featured in 8.9 million videos. 

2. “L$d” – Luclover

The hip-hop snippet used in 7.5 million videos has become the perfect soundtrack to flexing.

3. “Ginseng Strip 2002” – Yung Lean

The chill song found its way into 10.6 million videos in 2022. 

4. “About Damn Time” – Lizzo

Lizzo’s top-charting single has been featured in 1.9 million videos. 

5. “Just a Cloud Away” – Pharrell Williams

Pharrell’s throwback track saw a revival on TikTok seven years after its initial release. TikTokers have put it in over 2.4 million videos. 

6. “Forever” – Labrinth

Used in 4.1 million videos, this song from the soundtrack of HBO’s Euphoria was perfect for 2022’s moody moments. 

7. “Wait a Minute!” – WILLOW

Many dances were done to the groovy tune that’s been featured in 1 million TikToks. 

8. “Jiggle Jiggle” – Duke & Jones, Louis Theroux

This silly rap song has inspired 6.6 million tongue-in-cheek videos. 

9. “BILLIE EILISH.” – Armani White

Rapper Armani White’s homage to the singer resonated with more than just Eilish fans. In 2022, it was featured in 2.9 million videos and spawned trends

10. “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” – Kate Bush

Stranger Things sparked new interest in Bush’s hit from nearly 30 years ago. The song scored over 2.6 million TikToks. 

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