These are officially 2021’s most popular TikTok songs
I’m BEGGIN’ someone to please free us from the shackles of Mȧneskin x
What’s great about 2021’s most popular TikTok songs is that you’ll discover a really great one through a challenge, a dance or a series of questionable cover versions. Suddenly you’re spending hours lying on your bed annoying your entire household by scrolling through your FYP, hearing the same song playing over and over again.
All of a sudden it’s three days later and you’ve got that over-indulged feeling. The same one you get when you’ve eaten an entire cake to yourself. It’s too much, you now hate it, and every time you think of it a little bit of sick comes up from your throat.
The good news is: we’ve compiled 10 of the most popular TikTok songs right here. Each one may bring those memories flooding back, and we take no responsibility whatsoever.
Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
No-one could forget *That Backlash* surrounding Lil Nas X’s steamy music video or live performances. The song exploded onto TikTok back in February and it still bangs today. It didn’t even gain traction via a viral challenge or gimmicky dance – it’s just iconic.
@lilnasxi’m sorry these tweets have been funny asf today
Best Friend – Doja Cat feat. Saweetie
Tragically, I used to bop to Best Friend when it first came out. Now, because of TikTok, the only lyric I can remember is “less go”. And IT ISN’T EVEN A LYRIC. People majorly memed poor Saweetie’s live performance online, getting more and more abstract with their references. Someone even photoshopped her to look like a moth and made her walk into a lamp. Evil.
@jakefresca They really said 💀 #fyp #foryoupage #4u #letsgo #saweetie #comedy ♬ LETS GO – LevitatingOnTheMoonWithDulaPee
Day ‘n’ Nite – Kid Cudi
“Now look at this…” runs through my head at least five times a day. Kid Cudi’s 2008 school disco banger had somewhat of a revival this year – with both the original version and the Crookers remix going viral. Over 80,000 videos have used the sound for no particular reason.
@lara_woolhouse who broke them😡 #fyp #foryou #SimlishSessions #WorkThisWay ♬ Day ‘N’ Nite – Crookers Remix – Kid Cudi
Good 4 U – Olivia Rodrigo
Remember what I said about trash covers? Can we please free scrawny skater boys from the shackles of having to make a ‘male response’ to this song? Seriously, I’d watch a million angsty 15 year olds’ GCSE drama-style videos if it meant I never had to endure another average man’s cover version again.
@isseypovsPOV : he got with the girl you were worried about♬ good 4 u – Olivia Rodrigo
That being said, the song was undeniably huge. People even debated whether Olivia Rodrigo was this generation’s Hayley Williams. Speaking of…
Misery Business – Paramore
Ah, nothing like the original. Granted, it pretty much went viral because of the Good 4 U comparisons. But the song has always slapped, and I still lose my mind whenever I hear this at emo throwback nights.
@muzicclout #music #good4uoliviarodrigo #versus #paramoremiserybusiness #liveperformance #rating #react #fyp #foryoupage ♬ Olivia X Paramore – muzicclout🎵
Castaways – The Backyardigans
Almost a million videos have been made using this song – The Backyardigans really did drop the hottest record of 2021. That cursed high pitched version was even more popular, becoming synonymous with unbridled, unhinged energy.
Mood – 24kGoldn feat. iann dior
There’s nothing more to say about this song. Just… if you ever worked in retail between December – now, I’m so sorry.
@imdylandruggs Based on a true story. #dad #milk #wholesome #funny #funny ♬ Mood (feat. iann dior) – 24KGoldn
Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars & Anderson Paak
I mean, the song oozes sex appeal. But so many people made TikToks of themselves literally sitting in a robe and raising one eyebrow at the camera that I now feel a bit sick. Still obsessed with that one girl who sent the lyrics “I just shaved/smooth like a newborn” to her mum though.
@sheisj_rice #greenscreenvideo y’all she called my sister to tell her I was drunk 🤣🤣 #leavethedooropen @sekhmetel #fyp ♬ Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic
Beggin’ – Mȧneskin
Watching everyone go crazy for the Italian band on Eurovision feels like a distant memory – hard to believe it was only six months ago. Their cover of a song by long-forgotten noughties band Madcon unironically became the theme tune to sexy TikToks everywhere.
@gemmaorsman begging you #pride2021🏳️🌈 #wlw #fyp #lgbt #nz #mäneskin ♬ Beggin’ – Måneskin
Rasputin – Boney M
Honestly, just inject it at this point. From a ’70s dance classic to one of 2021’s most popular TikTok songs – we love a tune with longevity.
@lizziecl Reply to @bonni1011 🤣 #leeds #dance #rasputin #shuffle ♬ Rasputin (Single Version) – Boney M.
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