Tik Tok hasn’t only given us a distraction from the stress of the pandemic and election, it has given us the gift of amazing songs, both old and new. It is so much easier for artists in this day and age to publicize their music through social media like Tik Tok. Songs from new, young artists have blown up overnight with the help of Tik Tok. This happens when creators use the artist’s song to make new dance challenges, trends, or aesthetic videos.
Some old songs you may have heard from Tik Tok are Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”. This has always been a classic for me, even before Tik Tok got ahold of it. You may recognize it from the trend where creators, including members of Fleetwood Mac themselves, would skateboard down a road drinking Ocean Spray cranberry juice. The song was originally popular in the late ‘70s, but with Tik Tok’s help it has now regained popularity with a younger generation. A few other classics you may have heard from Tik Tok include “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington Jr., “Laughing on the Outside” by Bernadette Carroll, “After Laughter” by Wendy Rene, and “Angel Eyes” by ABBA.
A lot of rappers’ songs have either gained or regained popularity from their songs use in Tik Tok dances and lip sync videos. “Took Her To The O”, by King Von, “Adderall” by Popp Hunna, “Different Varieties (Remix)” by KingMostWanted, “20 Min” by Lil Uzi Vert, “WAP” by Cardi B. and Megan Thee Stallion, “Girls in the Hood” by Megan Thee Stallion, and so many more are all songs that were signal boosted by Tik Tok.
If you’re more into alternative and indie music, Tik Tok has popularized songs from that genre as well. “Wait a Minute!” By Willow, “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” by Mac DeMarco, “Diet Mountain Dew” by Lana Del Rey, “Pretty Girl” by Clairo, “Let it Happen” by Tame Impala, and many more.
You also have your fair share of pop songs such as “Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles, “Somebody I Used to Know” by Goyte, “Glamorous” by Fergie, “positions” and “pov” by Arianna Grande, “Photo ID” by Remi Wolf, “Desperado” by Rihanna, etc. Ava Max’s song, “Sweet but Psycho”, went viral and reached over 550 million streams on Spotify after it blew up on Tik Tok. “It helped because it reached a wider audience and a younger generation that are mostly on their phone, as I am,” says Ava Max.
Mary Rahmani says, “TikTok empowers artists by being an avenue for visual output and creativity.” As you can see, Tik Tok has had a major impact in the music industry; the songs I listed weren’t even half the songs that have blown up after their popularity on Tik Tok. There are many creators who share their favorite songs and artists in their posts. If you are ever looking for new music suggestions, Tik Tok is a great place to .
Other sources: time.com