TikTok Reveals Top 10 U.S. and Top 5 Global Songs, Part of Its “Year On TikTok: 2021” Rewind
Popp Hunna Tops U.S. List, While Masked Wolf Tops Global List
Stay Tuned For Much More Data and In-Depth Analysis When TikTok Releases Its Full “Year On TikTok Music Report” Next Monday, December 13th
After a 2020 that made the world take notice, TikTok remained a dominant force in music in 2021, paving the way for the next generation of superstars, enabling current stars to meaningfully interact with their fans, and opening doors to underground and DIY scenes, exposing them to a global audience. Today, TikTok shared “Year On TikTok 2021-of-a-kind,” a year-end recap, reviewing some of the most impactful moments on the platform from the last calendar year. Music is at the core of TikTok and has a presence throughout the recap, but most notably in ‘The Playlist’ category, which listed TikTok’s Top 10 tracks in the US and Global Top 5.
TikTok’s Top 10 Songs (U.S. Only)
- “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” – Popp Hunna
- “Batman” – LPB Poody
- “Bundles” – Kayla Nicole ft. Taylor Girlz
- “Kiss Me More” – Doja Cat ft. SZA
- “TWINNEM” – Coi Leray
- “Up” – Cardi B
- “Buss It” – Erica Banks
- “Astronaut In The Ocean” – Masked Wolf
- “Punk Monk” – Playboi Carti
- “drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo
The U.S. list highlights America’s unabiding love for hip-hop, and is a testament to the creativity and influence of Black creators on the platform. Popp Hunna’s “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” emerged from the streets of Philadelphia to spur one of 2021’s hottest dance trends, and LPB Poody’s “Batman” also put up gaudy numbers behind user-created dance challenges. Meanwhile, Kayla Nicole’s baddie anthem provided an empowering soundtrack for anyone in the mood for flexing. Coi Leray scored a few hits on TikTok this year (including “No More Parties,” and “Ocean Prime,” a collab with BfB Da Packman), but the bouncy and playful “TWINNEM” proved to be the most ubiquitous. Doja Cat continued to be a TikTok favorite, as her glistening pop jam “Kiss Me More” inspired multiple trends, including one that highlighted the guest verse from SZA. The rest of the top 10 is a constellation of stars, including established faves like Cardi B and newcomers like Olivia Rodrigo, whose TikTok fueled rise made her the biggest breakout star of 2021.
TikTok’s Top 5 Songs (Global):
- “Astronaut in the Ocean” – Masked Wolf (AU)
- “Beggin'” – Måneskin (IT)
- “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” – Popp Hunna (US)
- “SugarCrash!” – ElyOtto (CA)
- “STAY” – The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber (AU/CA)
The Global list of songs emphasizes TikTok’s international impact, with songs from four different countries dominating For You pages across the globe, and further illustrates TikTok’s effect on streaming numbers and chart positions. Originally released in 2019, previously unknown Australian Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut In The Ocean” rode a wave of TikTok virality to the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100, while TikTok helped “Beggin” racked up hundreds of millions of Spotify streams and make Måneskin a household name. The rest of the list brought mega hits created by teenagers: 17-year-old ElyOtto crafted the year’s hyperpop anthem with “SugarCrash!,” which the Calgary-born artist created between homework assignments, and garnering the artist a new record deal at RCA. Meanwhile, The Kid Laroi (highlighted by TikTok last year as a notable emerging artist) scored a global chart-topper (7 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, 11 weeks atop the Australian Charts) when he recruited Justin Bieber to polish up a snippet that had been floating around TikTok for almost a year.
Music is a major driving force behind creativity on TikTok, so it was inevitable that musical artists, moments, and trends popped up throughout the rest of the global results.
- After setting records with his TikTok LIVE performance at the UEFA Euros, superstar singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was highlighted as a “creator who sparks joy.”
- Named a “Breakthrough Creator.” BTS made their presence felt on TikTok around the globe, sharing videos soundtracked to number one hits like “Butter,” “Permission To Dance,” and “My Universe,” a collaboration with Coldplay. Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift were also named breakthrough creators for their success on and off TikTok.
- Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA made a splash when they joined TikTok this year, and earned recognition in TikTok’s “The Throwbacks” category
- Golden voiced Scotsman Nathan Evans earned recognition in the #FYFaves section for somehow making Sea Shanties the world’s hottest genre in early 2021.
- Perhaps the most unlikely music moment in a year full of unlikely music moments, TikTok highlighted the soundtrack of Nick Jr.’s The Backyardigans for inspiring two of the year’s most enduring trends.
Stay tuned next week when TikTok reveals its “Year On TikTok Music Report,” full of charts, fascinating data, and in-depth analysis about music on TikTok and TikTok’s impact on the music industry at large.
Read TikTok’s “Year On TikTok: 2021” on the newsroom: https://newsroom.tiktok.com/en-us/year-on-tiktok-2021-us
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