17 November 2020, 21:12 | Updated: 23 November 2020, 21:29
From Roddy Ricch to Doja Cat, here’s every popular song that’s gone viral on TikTok in 2020, including the original creators of the dance challenges.
With TikTok getting more and more popular, it’s only a matter of time before the social media platform takes over completely.
Like Vine before it, we’ve already seen teenagers become huge internet celebrities thanks to their dance videos, challenges, sketches and impressive content on the app, but TikTok has now proven itself to be a force to be reckoned with thanks to its ability to make a viral hit soar up the charts.
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Following the success of Lil Nas X’s monster hit ‘Old Town Road’, TikTok’s impact has since seen multiple tracks, including Roddy Ricch’s ‘The Box’, reach the top of the charts.
From up and coming artists like Doja Cat and Roddy Ricch to throwback tracks from Mariah Carey and Kesha, TikTok has the power to create a hit and bring old hits back into the charts.
Here’s all the popular 2020 TikTok songs and who created the dances:
Viral TikTok songs from trends or memes:
Ariana Grande – ‘Positions’
Ariana’s recent single is used on all kinds of videos, including ones where TikTokers attempt too recreate her music video transitions.
Royal & the Serpent – ‘Overwhelmed’
This track is often used with the Time Warp Scanner filter.
Aly & AJ – ‘Potential Breakup Song’
Aly & AJ’s classic bop found new life thanks to a group of mums who lip-synced the song on a night out.
Pop Smoke – ‘Mood Swings’
You know the one… “Shorty a lil’ baddie, she my lil boo thing”.
T.I. – ‘Whatever You Like’
Thanks to a misheard lyric (“I want yo’ body, need yo’ body”), T.I.’s 2008 hit became a Pro-Joe Biden song during the 2020 US election.
Kenndog – ‘Drip Like Me’
The “I’m sorry for drippin’, but drip is what I do” song took off amongst TikTokers showing off their outfits.
Everybody Loves An Outlaw – ‘I See Red’
This song was used in an explicit scene in 365 DNI (365 Days) and it’s inspired a ton of NSFW and suggestive TikToks. There’s also a hilarious John Cena trend attached to it too.
CHROMANCE & Marcus Layton – ‘Wrap Me In Plastic’
This track is often used alongside the Freeze Frame Pop Up filter, where people try to prove how photogenic they are by not posing for pictures.
Kid Francescoli – ‘Moon’
There’s multiple remixes of this song, including the original and one that features a recorder version of Darude’s ‘Sandstorm’. You’ll know this track from the lyrics “And it went like…”
Bea Miller – ‘Feel Something’ and Labrinth – ‘Still Don’t Know My Name’
If you’ve ever ended up on Euphoria TikTok, you would have seen these incredible makeup transformation videos. A remix of Bea’s song with Labrinth’s Euphoria track is used as the music.
Curtis Waters – ‘Stunnin”
This track is used for outfit montages and TikToks with the caption ‘What I’d Wear If I Was In…’
Jason Derulo x Puri x Jhorrmountain – ‘Coño’
TikTokers use the “Right, left, drip, splash… Come take a lick ‘pon the lolly” lyrics in outfit and makeup transformation videos.
La Roux – ‘Bulletproof’
This track is used for the #HurtMyFeelings challenge.
Sofia the First theme song (“I was a girl in the village doing alright…”)
The theme song to Disney Junior’s cartoon is used in videos where TikTokers share their weirdest celebrity crushes, and duellers have to sing along with the ones they agree with.
Unknown T – ‘Homerton B’
The ‘posh’ remix of Unknown T’s drill track and Estelle ft Kanye West’s ‘American Boy’ is mostly used by people either pretending to be a posh, or by rich kids.
Doja Cat – ‘Boss Bitch’
This song is used on a variation of TikTok trends, but most frequently features on TikToks memes that use footage from Cole Walliser’s GlamBot videos.
Curtis Roach – ‘BORED IN THE HOUSE’
The original sound, created by Curtis Roach, went viral during quarantine after rapper Tyga hopped on and lip synced to the track.
Simple Plan – ‘I’m Just A Kid’
This song is used for the throwback challenge where users recreate their childhood pictures as adults. When the chorus drops, the throwback photo will flash up showing the same visuals, except everyone looks a lot younger.
Auntie Hammy – ‘Pew Pew Pew’
To successfully attempt this challenge, you’ll need to use the big head filter and learn the lyrics so you can lip-sync the now famous ‘hold up, waiting a minute… it’s a chopper’ lyric.
Saweetie – ‘My Type’
TikTokers use this sound in comedy lip-sync videos where they create captions specifying… their type. It’s that simple.
Justin Timberlake – ‘Sexy Back’
In an ironic twist, TikTok is truly bringing ‘Sexy Back’. Users add pictures of iconic TV characters, celebrities or cartoons alongside captions of the chorus lyrics, and act like they’re in the club, being enticed over by everyone that pops up on screen.
Engelwood – ‘Crystal Dolphin’
There’s no particular trend to this one, but users tend to choose the sound when using the Noodle Dance filter.
Shakira – ‘Hips Don’t Lie’
While there’s a little choreo involved, a live version of Shakira’s iconic 2005 track is featured in a trend that sees people strike performance poses in public places before screaming the lyrics to chorus at full volume.
Saint John – ‘Roses (Imanbek Remix)’
While a few dance trends have popped up using this track, the song is mostly just used as a popular sound for a variety of TikToks.
Powfu – ‘Death Bed’
If you’ve ever watched a wholesome TikTok video, you’ll know exactly what song this is. The soothing bop is also used on painting videos, redecorating videos, videos featuring throwback photos alongside an adorable story told through captions.
Viral TikTok songs that have no dance challenge or trend:
Tai Verdes – ‘Stuck In The Middle’
Blu DeTiger – ‘Figure It Out’
Octavian & Skepta – ‘Papi Chulo’
Stellar – ‘Ashes’
Meghan Trainor – ‘Better When I’m Dancing’
Grouplove – ‘Tongue Tied’ (“Take me to your best friend’s house”)
Salem Ilese – ‘mad at disney’
Ritt Momney – ‘Put Your Records On’ (Corrine Bailey Rae cover)
Bee Gees – ‘More Than A Woman’ (Clueless remix – “I’m totally buggin'”)
Sam Fischer – ‘This City’
Ashnikko – ‘Daisy (I’m Crazy But You Like That)’
Who Heem – ‘Let’s Link’
Wendy Williams – ‘Native New Yorker’ (From The Masked Singer)
Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Bust Your Windows’ (Glee Cast Version)
Stromae – ‘Alors On Danse’ (“I know you’re obsessed with me” remix)
MTKO – ‘Classic’
Natalie Taylor – ‘Surrender’
Sueco The Child – ‘Fast’
Cookiee Kawaii – ‘Vibe (If I Back It Up)’
Years & Years – ‘Breathe’ (Cover of Blu Cantrell)
Millie B – ‘Sophie Aspin Send’ (“M to the B”)
Regard & RAYE – ‘Secrets’
SALES – ‘renee’
Surf Mesa ft. Emilee – ‘ily (i love you baby)’
TikTok songs with viral dances:
Coldplay x Savage – ‘Viva La Swing’
Who would have thought that Coldplay’s ‘Viva La Vida’ and Savage’s ‘Swing!’ would have ended up as one of the best mash ups on TikTok? The remix also inspired a dance trend that doesn’t really involve any complicated moves… All you have to do is stand in the middle of the street and throw it back as the camera circles you.
Hip Hop Harry – ‘Go Go Go Who’s Next?’
Hip Hop Harry went viral on TikTok in 2020 thanks to the popular Stanky Leg routine, which was inspired by cast member then-9-year-old Jake Deanda. He even recreated the dance as an adult after he was turned into a meme.
The actual TikTok trend sees people doing the same Stanky Leg move and cutting to a different location throughout the video.
Vedo – ‘You Got It’
Set to the lyrics “It’s time to boss up, fix ya credit, girl get at it…”, @njc.justin created a routine that went viral in August 2020.
Wes Nelson ft. Hardy Caprio – ‘See Nobody’
The Love Island alum has taken UK TIkTok by storm with his new track, and there’s even a dance that goes with it. This one was created by @olivianeill @lookingforlewys and @flossieclegg.
Becky G – ‘Shower’
Becky G’s 2014 track ‘Shower’ has been given the dance challenge treatment by @zacklugo, @notstoud_ and @brandonmundine.
5SOS – ‘She Looks So Perfect’ (Nightcore remix)
The Nightcore remix of 5SOS’s banger has inspired a fast-paced twerk routine that’s been picked up Kelianne Stankus, Addison Rae and all the usual TikTok dancers. And it’s honestly one of the most fun dance routines out there.
Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Girls In The Hood’
Following in the footsteps of ‘WAP’, ‘Captain Hook’ and ‘Savage’, Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘Girls In The Hood’ has now been turned into a dance challenge thanks to @kay.yyla13.
Popp Hunna – ‘Aderall (Corvette Corvette)’
Created by @yvnggprince in mid October, the Corvette Corvette routine has become a fave amongst both Hype House and Sway House members and is rising in popularity on the app.
Sean Paul – ‘Get Busy’
A remix of Sean Paul’s iconic track ‘Get Busy’ went viral at the start of the year thanks to a series of videos from The Hype House. It was one of Charli D’Amelio’s early faves and has featured on her feed multiple times.
Saweetie – ‘Tap In’
Saweetie’s summer 2020 BOP was immortalised in TikTok dance culture by @yodamnmomma back in June. The original video has 6.7m views, with Saweetie’s own version raking up a juicy 16m views.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion – ‘WAP’
Following the release of Cardi and Megan’s bop, choreographer Brian Esperon pulled together yet another dance challenge for the track that is quickly going viral on TikTok.
FlyBoyFU – ‘Laffy Taffy’ (D4L Remix)
The Laffy Taffy dance first went viral in July 2020, with TikTokers like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae posting videos. The routine was created by @waves.like.lanez who posted it on dubsmash. It was later popularised on TikTok by @spliffqueennn, who has 7.6m views on her video.
Sada Baby – ‘Whole Lotta Choppas’
This routine was created by @ohbukster, with the original video clocking in with 3.1m likes. The usual TikTok suspects like Charli and Addison have also recreated the dance.
Taylor Swift – ‘Love Story (Disco Lines Remix)’
A remix of Taylor’s popular 2008 hit went massively viral on Tiktok thanks to user @ethanishung who uploaded the hip thrusting routine we all know and love. The dance soon caught on, with over 6.5 million videos using the sound.
KBFR – ‘Hood Baby’
While this one isn’t a dance, there is a routine that TikTokers have adopted for the track that involves turning your head toward the camera on the beat to each lyric and then looking up, down, and to the side. The trend was started by user @racksonkriss.
L’Trimm – ‘Cars That Go Boom’
There’s a couple of variations on this routine, with Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae and Millie Bobby Brown all sharing their own dances.
Lily Allen – ‘Smile’
Lily’s 2006 hit ‘Smile’ has a TikTok resurgence in 2020, with Gen Z users creating a brand new dance routine for the track. User @zockjat posted the routine first.
Jason Derulo & Jawsh 685 – ‘Savage Love’
Jawsh 685’s ‘Laxed’ (Siren Beat) was already having a viral moment before Jason Derulo came along and remixed it – and even Dame Judi Dench had shared her own attempt at the dance routine on TikTok. After the remix, the trend soared to new heights.
Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Savage’
The ‘Savage’ dance was created by Keara Wilson. A few days after circulating on TikTok. Megan herself then reposted the dance on her Instagram account and the rest is history. Charli D’Amelio picked it up and Normani took it on too.
Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Captain Hook’
Unlike the ‘Savage’ challenge, Megan created the ‘Captain Hook’ challenge herself. Originally posted on her Triller account, ‘Captain Hook’ soon took off on Tiktok after Megan used the hashtag #CaptainHookChallenge.
The Weeknd – ‘Blinding Lights’
To do the ‘Blinding Lights’ dance challenge, you need two other willing participants and whole lot of energy. The trend has become a favourite on TikTok during quarantine, with teens roping in their parents for hilarious recreations of the dance routine.
According to Know Your Meme, the first TikTok user to upload the routine was @gregdahl7 in March 2020. As of April 2020, the challenge’s hashtag had been viewed over 105 million times.
Drake – ‘Tootsie Slide’
In an attempt to recreate his viral fame with the ‘In My Feelings’ challenge, Drake released a song in the middle of quarantine that literally spells out a brand new TikTok dance. In the video, which was recorded inside his huge newly-built mansion, he even performs the dance, but there are multiple variations of it now circulating TikTok.
So far, the hashtag #TootsieSlide has 89.5m views but big TikTok names like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae have yet to try it out.
Doja Cat – ‘Like That’
After the success of ‘Say So’, many TikTok users have tried to come up with their own moves for their ‘Like That’ dance in the hope of going viral. However, it appears Charli D’Amelio’s routine is the most universal. Her routine currently has almost 5 million likes on the platform.
Lil Mosey – ‘Blueberry Faygo’
This TikTok dance is one that’s done frequently by the big Hype House players (Addison Rae in particular, who also stars in the official music video) and has become a favourite on the app. Love Island stars Siânnise and Luke T also attempted the dance.
Bene – ‘Supalonely’ ft. Gus Dapperton
This dance was created by Zoi Lerma (@zoifishh) back in February and was quickly sent viral after Emma Chamberlain and Charli D’Amelio shared their own versions to their millions of fans. The song has seen massive success since going viral on TikTok.
Arizona Zervas – ‘Roxanne’
There’s several different versions of the ‘Roxanne’ dance on TikTok, with multiple members of the Hype House uploading different versions.
Y2K & bbno$ – ‘LaLaLa’
This sound starts off with the spoken word sample: ‘Did I really just forget that melody’ Then, it descends into another TikTok viral challenge. Instead of dancing, this song is used on the Hand Emoji challenge.
Users have to match the shapes of hand emojis on screen in time to the beat of the song without missing a move.
K Camp – ‘Lottery’
The ‘Renegade challenge’ swept TikTok in January 2020. The dance, which has around 15 complex moves is set to a short section of K Camp’s ‘Lottery’ where the word “renegade” is repeated several times. (Duh!) The dance was created by 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon (@jalaiahharmon) on Instagram back in September 2019 before it was picked up on TikTok.
It went viral but Jalaiah’s name didn’t go with it. Instead, stars like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae (along with the rest of the Hype House) were known for doing it. Celebrities soon followed suit with Lizzo, Millie Bobby Brown and James Charles all performing the dance on their accounts.
Jalaiah finally got the recognition she deserved, later performing at the NBA All-Star game and on Ellen.
Roddy Ricch – ‘The Box’
While ‘The Box’ has been used as a track for certain TikTok dances, it’s been the meme videos that boosted the popularity of the song on the platform.
Back in December 2019, TikToker @jaywill4real uploaded a video of himself cleaning a mirror set to the tune of ‘The Box’ alongside the caption “This how Roddy Ricch made The Box”. Other TikTokers followed suit with similar videos, sending the song viral.
Roddy Ricch later beat out Justin Bieber’s ‘Yummy’ to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, following Justin’s, shall we say interesting, promotional campaign. Similar to Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’, the success of ‘The Box’ proves the power of TikTok and its influence on the charts.
Doja Cat – ‘Say So’
The ‘Say So’ dance was created by TikToker Haley Sharpe (@yodelinghaley), who later went on to appear in Doja Cat’s music video for the song.
Haley first uploaded the video in several different parts back in December 2019, before uploading the full dance. The routine was then picked up by huge TikTok and YouTube stars like James Charles, Emma Chamberlain and Charli D’Amelio, whose video garnered 5.2 million likes.
Following the success of Haley’s initial dance, she later created a full routine to the song which you can find right here.
Ke$ha – ‘Cannibal’
For some reason, the TikTokers have commandeered Kesha’s 2010 track ‘Cannibal’ and have turned it into a TikTok dance challenge.
Created by @ya.girl.bri.bri97, there’s 14 moves in the routine which is set to a short clip of the song, which starts after Kesha sing “I’ll eat you up” at the end of the chorus. The final lyric in the clip (“Use your finger to stir my tea, and for dessert I’ll suck your teeth”) is also used on the app to get a reaction out of parents.
Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’
Thanks to the opening lyrics of the song (“Did a full 180”), Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ has inspired a new meme on TikTok that people are using to avoid things.
According to KnowYourMeme, the “Full 180” meme started in January 2020 after TikToker @isaac_tuazon posted a video of himself at the mall, before turning around and running the other way after seeing someone from school you don’t want to talk to. The meme then evolved and now it’s one of the most popular tracks on TikTok.
Todrick Hall – ‘Attention’
This dance challenge is for the professional dancers only. The routine involves flips, splits, high kicks… it’s not for the faint hearted. There’s no specific routine for this one but as long as you have your “kick into a split” then you’re fine.
TikTokers like Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae, Avani, Lexi Rivera, Zoey Aune, Taylor Nunez and Tre Clements (to name a few) have all posted their own interpretation of the viral dance.
JACKBOYS feat. Young Thug – ‘OUT WEST’
The Out West dance challenge was created by Nicole Bloomgarden (@nicolebloomgarden). Much like Jalaiah Harmon, Nicole wasn’t initially credited and several members of the Hype House were seen performing the routine at the NBA All-Star game.
Ashnikko – ‘Working Bitch’
Ashnikko’s ‘Working Bitch’ track has gone viral on TikTok thanks to a series of meme sketches.
2019 Viral TikTok songs
TikTok really started taking off in 2019 and as a result, several songs went viral because of the dances, challenges and memes that used the tracks in the videos. Here are the tracks from 2019 that took off on the platform:
Lil Nas X – ‘Old Town Road’
Arguably the biggest song to go viral on TikTok and later achieve worldwide acclaim. The ‘Old Town Road’ challenge, which was known as the “Yeehaw Challenge” at the time, started at the beginning of 2019.
Blanco Brown – ‘The Git Up’
The fusion between hip hop and country music proved popular again as Blanco Brown’s track ‘The Git Up’ went viral thanks to a dance routine. There’s actually two different dances to the song: Blanco’s original and the other version created by Harvey Bass (@harveybass), which inspired the #gitupchallenge on social media.
Ciara – ‘Get Up’
Ciara’s energetic 2006 bop was immortalised in TikTok dance lore back in December 2019 thanks to popular videos from Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae and the iconic rendition from @treclements.
Mariah Carey – ‘Obsessed’
Following a video of TikToker @reesehardy crying while dancing to Mariah Carey’s 2009 song, the track and dance went viral with millions of users using Reese’s routine in their own videos.
Doja Cat – ‘Candy’
Before the ‘Say So’ dance, Doja Cat had another TikTok hit with ‘Candy’. Created by Talia Levinger, the dance has been replicated by Charli D’Amelio and Sarah Magusara.
KRYPTO9095 FT. D3MSTREET – ‘WOAH’
While the ‘woah’ dance move was around long before TikTok, KRYPTO9095’s viral song on the platform has brought it to new generation of creators. The Fader reports that the ‘woah’ has seen multiple variations over the years.