TikTok is all about sound. From funny voice-overs to catchy mashups, popular TikTok songs help videos go viral on the platform and land a coveted spot on the For You page. And while new songs are being created and added to the app every day, some standouts have already risen to the heights of TikTok fame this year. In this article, we’re breaking down the top TikTok songs of 2021 so far — and compiling them into a single playlist for you to enjoy.
Here are the top TikTok songs of 2021 so far
Radio and MTV once held the power of deciding which catchy tunes would reach the public and inevitably become popular hits. Now, in the era of social media, it seems that TikTok has seized the reins of the music industry.
Here are the top TikTok songs of 2021 (so far):
- “Oh No” by Kreepa
- “Aesthetic” by Xilo
- “Buss It” by Erica Banks
- “Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale feat. Miguel
- “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
- “Sugarcrash!” by ElyOtto
- “So Pretty” by Reyanna Maria
- “Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall
- “Vacation” by Dirty Heads
- “Streets” by Doja Cat
- “Pieces” by Danilo Stankovic
- “Up” by Cardi B
- “telepatía” by Kali Uchis
- “Batman” by LPB Poody
- “I Am” by Yung Baby Tate feat. Flo Milli
- “oops!” by Yung Gravy
- “Caution” by Kaytranada
- “It’s Not The Same Anymore” by Rex Orange County
- “Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood
- “UCKERS” by Shygirl
- “Day ‘n’ Nite” by Kid Cudi
Now let’s dive into each of these viral TikTok songs and see what kind of videos they’re featured in.
1. “Oh No” by Kreepa
“Oh No” is one of those songs that will forever be associated with TikTok videos. While it’s been the soundtrack for many viral hits, it’s most commonly used to show the moment when someone realizes they’re in trouble or stuck in a hilarious situation. Famous examples include a cat about to fall into a bathtub and a grandmother rocking so far back in her chair that she tips over.
Number of videos: 13.1 million
2. “Aesthetic” by Xilo
This dreamy jam takes the cake for the current most viral background song on TikTok. It’s most commonly used in artsy videos that tell a story, show a day in the life, or demonstrate a how-to.
Number of videos: 12.1 million
3. “Buss It” by Erica Banks
This is one of the many transition videos that people use to show off their favorite outfits and looks. The difference here is that instead of showing just the face, the user has to pop down into a squat-style dance move at the end.
Number of videos: 6 million
4. “Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale feat. Miguel
Technically, this sound was created in 2020, but it didn’t start to become popular until 2021, when big names like Addison Rae started using it as part of a dance trend. One of the reasons it’s gone viral is that it’s a pretty easy dance to mimic, unlike some others on the app.
Number of videos: 4.6 million
5. “drivers license” by Olivia Rodrigo
At almost 2 million videos, this iconic song is a staple on the For You page in 2021. Some people use it as the background for some speedy choreography, but thanks to its heartbreaking lyrics, other users film themselves in scenarios such as lying on the ground in the rain as a symbol of their heartache.
Number of videos: 1.9 million
6. “Sugarcrash!” by ElyOtto
This fast, upbeat song requires some serious skill to lip-sync. While some users have been using it to comedically describe what it’s like when people open up to them, most are just trying to keep up with ElyOtto’s speedy lyrics.
Number of videos: 1.7 million
7. “So Pretty” by Reyanna Maria
Transitioning from no makeup to makeup is a popular video style on TikTok. And songs like this one make those transitions even more seamless. People using this sound will mimic hitting the camera for the initial beats and then reveal their new look during the “I’m so pretty” line.
Number of videos: 1.5 million
8. “Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall
This song came out in 2008, but thanks to a sound created by PresleyWalker, it’s going viral on TikTok for multiple trends. The most popular trend features someone doing something “dangerous,” like asking their crush out, then taking a sip of water with shaky hands to show how nervous they really are.
Number of videos: 1.3 million
9. “Vacation” by Dirty Heads
Because of the line “I’m on vacation every single day because I love my occupation,” this song is famous for users showing off their jobs. Sometimes this is done in a comedic fashion — like going behind the scenes at a fast food joint — and sometimes it’s serious.
Number of videos: 1.1 million
10. “Streets” by Doja Cat
This modern-day love song is most commonly used to show off someone’s relationship. It’s popular for the person lip-syncing to grab their partner during the line “there ain’t a man like you.”
Number of videos: 714,000
11. “Pieces” by Danilo Stankovic
Unlike the upbeat jams often found on the For You page, this sound is a little more melancholy. The slow piano version has risen to popularity as the background for everything from cats traveling in backpacks to makeup hacks. But it’s most commonly used to describe a heartfelt situation or someone the user knows that they’re proud of.
Number of videos: 571,000
12. “Up” by Cardi B
While this song is used as the background for a wide array of viral content, the most common is a challenge where users show themselves fresh-faced and unready, then show how they look all done up. It’s called the “#upcardibchallenge.”
Number of videos: 549,000
13. “telepatía” by Kali Uchis
This song is primarily used with how-to videos or other content that doesn’t require a voice-over. It’s been in the background of everything from hair tutorials to oatmeal recipes.
Number of videos: 436,000
14. “Batman” by LPB Poody
This song has gone viral on TikTok for the same reason that many songs go viral on TikTok: a dance challenge. The hashtag “#batmanchallenge” is associated with a few different choreographies, all from the same song by LPB Poody.
Number of videos: 384,000
15. “I Am” by Yung Baby Tate feat. Flo Milli
This empowering song has gone viral on TikTok thanks to users relaying the lyrics as positive affirmations, which is easy considering that the first line is, “I am healthy, I am wealthy.” People who use this sound will tell the viewers to repeat after them.
Number of videos: 345,000
16. “oops!” by Yung Gravy
Thanks to this popular song, you can’t think of Tracy without thinking about “Tracy with the Honda?” While videos showing someone before and after they get ready are common, many reveal the user to be moving in action on a skateboard, on roller skates, or hanging out of a car window.
Number of videos: 339,000
17. “Caution” by Kaytranada
This is another popular song that’s often featured as the background track in many kinds of videos. Because of its relaxing beat and repetitive sounds, it’s an easy song over which to layer voice-overs.
Number of videos: 298,000
18. “It’s Not The Same Anymore” by Rex Orange County
This slow and sweet acoustic jam is used to show how different the person filming looks now compared to how they used to look. People will display a photo of themselves from another point in their life and then show themselves now while mouthing the lyrics, “Wow, I look so weird here. My face has changed now.”
Number of videos: 240,000
19. “Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood
The only country song to make this list is a track that has been used for — you guessed it — a viral dance. But unlike other viral dances, this one is used mainly as a parody.
Number of videos: 192,000
20. “UCKERS” by Shygirl
The iconic scream that’s carried throughout this video has accompanied everything from home decor tours to DIY bucket hat tutorials. There are some trends in using this sound, like a person screaming while surrounded by phrases they believe to be false, and showing how you look in real life compared to what yo