The most popular TikTok songs aren’t just (extremely) catchy vehicles for whatever the latest trending dance is. They’re also a great way to discover new tunes — even if that “new” tune first hit airwaves decades ago.
Helping songs new and old go viral is, after all, at the heart of the app’s origin. Most Gen Zers won’t need to be told that TikTok started out as the lip-synching video platform Musical.ly, before it was acquired by a Chinese tech company and refashioned as TikTok in August 2018. In the years since, TikTok — and TikTok music — has grown exponentially. Out of the platform’s one billion users, 75% say they’ve discovered new artists to listen to on the app, according to 2021 research commissioned by TikTok, and 63% have been introduced to music they’ve never heard before thanks to trending TikTok songs.
In sum, making music go viral is kind of TikTok’s jam. And if you’re wondering what the latest trending songs on TikTok are, as well as where to find the top TikTok songs of all time — or, erm, since 2018 rather — you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best TikTok songs out there, from pandemic-friendly jingles to songs you may not even realize had a TikTok takeoff. Either way, we think these hall of famers are worth spending more than 15 seconds on.
1. “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings,” Caroline Polachek
Looking for new TikTok songs? Polachek’s got you covered. It was only a matter of time before the lyrics from this total bop of a song — plus the dance moves from the music video — made their way onto the app.
2. “About Damn Time,” Lizzo
Lizzo led the world in copying her own choreography for her 2022 hit — and we all followed.
3. “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” Celine Dion
This karaoke song par excellence recently made a resurgence as a highly TikTok-able ballad.
4. “Abcdefu,” GAYLE
A prime example of the app’s impact on the music industry, the breakout popularity of “Abcdefu” on TikTok helped catapult then-unknown 17-year-old singer GAYLE into the spotlight (and into a recording deal with Atlantic Records).
5. "Telepatía" by Kali Uchis
People love this 2020 song from Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis. The TikTok search page is full of people simply appreciating her vocals, with a dance video here and there.
6. “Bored in the House”, Tyga ft. Curtis Roach
Could there be a better song for the pandemic? Nope. That’s why “Bored in the House” went beyond viral in COVID’s early days. The tongue-twisting lyrics and fresh beat helped too, of course.
7. "Beggin'" by Måneskin
There’s a ton of concert footage of this song being performed live, and that’s fun in itself. And then there’s musician Crash Adams faking out a bunch of passersby before nailing this chorus. But we’re partial to this version where a violinist keeps pace with the rolling speed of this song.