TikTok released its top 10 trending songs of 2021. This year new artists were discovered and celebrated across the app. Some songs would go on to achieve blockbuster success while others drove dance trends and funny memes. Either way, music was key to some of TikTok’s brightest moments in 2021.
Artist @clairesalvo painted SZA onto a dollar bill as the artist and Doja Cat’s hit single “Kiss Me More” played. The viral track was used in 2.5 million videos. Meanwhile, the collaboration went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 and earned three Grammy nominations.
Up and coming rapper Coi Leray scored a TikTok hit when her song “TWINNEM” became a meme about celebrating best friends. Just check out TikToker Cece and her dog rock matching outfits to the song. The sound has 1.6 million videos associated with it.
After earning major success with collaborations, “Up” became Cardi B’s second top-charting solo single after “Bodak Yellow.” This solidified her as the only female rapper with multiple solo Billboard Hot 100 number ones and the female rapper with the most number ones overall.
Rapper Erica Banks released “Buss It” in May 2020 and it was a smash hit on TikTok by early 2021. The song sparked a transition trend where people, like Brenna Lietke’s 104-year-old grandma, showed off their befores and glamorous afters. There are currently 4.3 million videos associated with the sound.
The bizarre lyrics of Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean” meant that some loved the song and others hated it. Originally released in 2019, the song was re-issued after going viral on TikTok on Jan. 6. It eventually peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rapper Playboi Cart’s track “Punk Monk” launched the “don’t talk to me” meme where people shared their deal breakers. The song has been in 2 million videos, like this one where @dashawneclipse dissed anyone with a distaste for sushi.
Gen Z and millennials alike fully embraced Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “drivers license.” The song’s virality (and speculated love triangle) would blast Rodrigo into superstardom, top the Billboard Hot 100 chart and make her debut album Sour a mega success.
Trending NowCharles Melton is the leading man we all deserve
Special Offer for YouSave 50% during For Days' major warehouse sale
More from In The Know: