Music styles and tastes widely vary on TikTok. From dance to rock songs, the platform has been a stage for thousands of songs. Also known as TikTok songs, these pieces gave rise to fun challenges.
So, if you want your brand to leave a mark on the platform, you must take advantage of these songs.
But how exactly should you do that? Can you really use TikTok songs to have fun and promote your business?
In this article, we will talk about the most popular TikTok songs and how you can use them to promote your business.
- Beggin by Måneskin
- Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo
- How You Like That by Blackpink
- Sexyback by Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland
- WAP by Cardi B
- Peaches by Justin Bieber
- Into The Thick of It by The Backyardigans
- Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak (Silk Sonic)
- Gimme More by Britney Spears
- Supalonely by BENEE ft. Gus Dapperton
- Dance Monkey by Tones and I
- SugarCrash! by ElyOtto
- Money by Lisa
- Stay by The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
- Talking To The Moon by Bruno Mars
- U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer
- Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers & Daya
- Heartbreak Anniversary by Giveon
- Savage Love by Jason Derulo
- Rake It Up by Yo Gotti ft. Nicki Minaj
20 Top TikTok Songs Every TikToker Must Know
1. Beggin by Måneskin
Beggin, a funk-rock version of the 1967’s homonymous song. Interestingly, the song it’s based on was a soul-rock song.
The funk-rock version was performed in November 2017 during a live show of X-Factor.
However, in June 2021, the song started to gain a lot of attention on TikTok. Thousands of people danced and lip-synced to this song. They also used it to tell stories.
2. Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo
Driver’s license is the first single on Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR. People have been speculating that the song symbolizes Rodrigo moving on from her ex.
The song started gaining popularity in early 2021. In particular, the song became so popular on Spotify, YouTube, and TikTok.
People on TikTok used the song to tell heartwarming stories. Many also did a cover of the song.
3. How You Like That by Blackpink
A hip-hop-influenced song with explosive beats and intense lyrics, this song by the famous Korean girl group has been making waves on TikTok since its release.
The song amazingly incorporates each member’s style, with excellent visuals. These made TikTokers use the song to dance, sing, cook, bake, and tell stories.
Some even used it to make skits and the like. After all, the song sounds fun.
4. Sexyback by Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland
An all-time classic, Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback made a comeback through TikTok.
A naughty yet fun smash hit of 2006, the song was recorded by Justin for his second studio album.
For more than a decade, the song has been used to pump up parties, dance clubs, and the like. But thanks to ingenious TikTokers, the song has also been used for dance challenges, cookoffs, and skits.
5. WAP by Cardi B
WAP, Cardi B’s fourth number one hit on Billboard, was released in 2020. Since then, her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion has been making waves on social media, especially TikTok.
Despite sparking some controversy at first, the song still made its way into the platform, with celebrities and influencers using it.
6. Peaches by Justin Bieber
A song by Justin Bieber featuring R&B singer Daniel Caesar and Long Beach singer GIVĒON, Peaches was reportedly made as an ode to various regions in the United States.
The song features Georgia and its famous peaches as the central point of the piece. In addition, the song mentioned California and the North.
With its fun vibe and lyrics, it’s no wonder why the TikTok song is so famous.
7. Into The Thick of It by The Backyardigans
Into The Thick of It, a classic, opera-style song featured in an episode of the Backyardigans started making waves on TikTok in May 2021.
In the said episode, Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, and Austin sing as they travel without a guide to look for the heart of the jungle. They soon realize they have been walking in circles.
8. Leave The Door Open by Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak (Silk Sonic)
Leave The Door Open is Silk Sonic’s debut single. Technically, it was a side project featuring Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak. Throughout the song, the two express their love for their significant others, singing that the door will be open for them to enter anytime.
Also a hit on Spotify and Apple Music, you’ll find hundreds of videos using this wonderful TikTok song.
9. Gimme More by Britney Spears
A lead single of Britney Spears’ fifth studio album, Gimme More has been around for 14 years. The song received praise both from Britney and non-Britney fans.
Given this, when TikTok exploded in 2020, Gimme More made an iconic comeback through the platform. People were dancing to the song amidst the pandemic, and to be honest, we couldn’t complain.
10. Supalonely by BENEE ft. Gus Dapperton
Supalonely, the third single from the EP Stella & Steve, has been gaining attention on TikTok since it went viral in March 2020.
Just like many TikTok songs on this list, the song became viral amidst the pandemic.
Interestingly, BENEE wrote Supalonely during a trip to Los Angeles, following a breakup. The event inspired BENEE to make the viral song.
11. Dance Monkey by Tones and I
Dance Monkey, a piece by Australian singer Tones and I, got released as a part of her debut album. Tones and I revealed that the song is about the struggles of being a musician.
Inspired by her experience as a busker, the song has been making waves on TikTok since it became viral on the platform.
12. SugarCrash! by ElyOtto
An internet-inspired pop song released in the early 2000s, SugarCrash! features nightcore and high-pitched sounds.
With unique metaphors exuding a nostalgic feeling, the song gained more popularity and success when it trended on TikTok.
Mainly used by TikTokers to make skits, the song was so famous it had the power to make a simple lip-syncing video garner over 50 million views.
13. Money by Lisa
The latest song by K-pop sensation Lisa, Money tells the story of someone who apparently has all the money in the world.
Plus, the song reportedly serves as an ode to Lisa’s wealth and prosperous daily life given by her fans and successful career.
Interestingly, the song’s promotion came with a TikTok challenge called Lisa ‘Money’ dance challenge. The challenge used the official choreography of the song’s chorus. As expected, it went viral.
14. Stay by The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber
An upbeat song with meaningful, heartwarming lyrics, Stay is a collaboration between Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber.
The song expresses The Kid LAROI’s wish for his significant one’s forgiveness. It also expressed Bieber’s admiration for his lover.
The song got released in May 2021. Just a few weeks after, the song became viral on TikTok and YouTube, giving rise to skits, real-life stories, and couples’ challenges.
15. Talking To The Moon by Bruno Mars
A jazz ballad with meaningful lyrics, this powerful song is reportedly about Bruno Mars’ long-distance relationship.
Interestingly, the song is among Bruno Mars’ favorites.
Both the song and its instrumental version became popular on TikTok soon after its release. Often mixed with serious and soulful TikTok videos, the song did not fail to touch the hearts of viewers and listeners alike.
16. U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer
As a 90’s hit, not a lot of people expected U Can’t Touch This to be a big hit in 2020. Well, it did. Plus, it remains a TikTok hit until now.
With beats that will make you dance, this song by MC Hammer has been referenced by TV shows and movies alike. Well now, the song is used by celebrities, influencers, and netizens to show their Hammer moves online.
17. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers & Daya
Released in 2016, some did not expect Don’t Let Me Down to become a popular TikTok song three to five years later.
But to be fair, you cannot expect anything from TikTok. Even 80s and 90s songs became famous through the platform.
Albeit a success after its release in 2016, the song became more popular, thanks to the platform that exploded during lockdowns all over the globe.
18. Heartbreak Anniversary by Giveon
Heartbreak Anniversary, Giveon’s first release of 2020, was dropped on the anniversary of a heartbreak. Hence, the name.
The singer stated that the song got its inspiration from the perspective of Giveon’s close friend. The song became a hit soon after its release. However, TikTok pumped the song to viral status.
19. Savage Love by Jason Derulo
Sung by the one and only Jason Derulo, Savage Love was produced by Derulo and Jawsh 685. Another TikTok song that got viral status, the song was all over the internet even before the release of its official music video.
Plus, the song has hundreds of millions of views and listens on Youtube and Spotify.
20. Rake It Up by Yo Gotti ft. Nicki Minaj
A popular TikTok song by Yo Gotti and Nicki Minaj that got released in 2018, the song did not become internet famous until TickTokers used it.
The song was mainly used for dance challenges and flexing.
How to Use TikTok Songs to Make Fun and Engaging Videos
TikTok can be your ticket to internet sensation status. While TikTok started mainly to entertain people, you can also use the platform to advance your business.
To do this, you need to use TikTok songs mixed with engaging videos.
Here’s how you can use TikTok songs to make fun and engaging videos to promote your products or services:
1. Make an account
TikTok is a mobile device-based app. It is available both on the App Store and Google Play Store. After downloading the app, you need to sign up.
You can use your mobile number or email to sign up for a TikTok account. As an alternative, you can use your Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account.
After signing up, you can immediately start watching and making videos.
You can change the default username and your profile by using the Edit Profile button on the main page.
2. Try all TikTok features.
TikTok has many features. The most notable features include the several filters you can use to promote your business.
There are also five icons at the bottom of your app. You can use the first icon shaped like a house to go to the page with recommended videos for you.
The search icon lets you look for any video and user. In addition, the plus icon lets you make videos or upload a video from your gallery.
The message icon gives you access to notifications. The last icon gives you access to your own main page. From there, you can edit your profile, change your nickname, and watch your videos.
3. Do your own research.
After familiarizing yourself with TikTok’s features, you have to do your own research. You can look for trends related to your industry.
For instance, if you sell kitchen tools and equipment, you must look for videos featuring these products.
4. Make engaging videos.
Using the information you gathered, plan out your videos. If you just started on TikTok, upload videos regularly.
While TikTok is about having fun, make sure that your videos include your products.
5. Interact with your followers.
Don’t forget to interact with your followers. As you grow your following, comment and react to your fans.
In addition, you can make videos thanking your followers. You can also celebrate your business’ milestones with them.
TikTok songs can make or break your videos. They can propel your brand to stardom, so make sure to use them wisely.
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