Here are the songs that blew up on TikTok in 2021

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When it comes to TikTok, background music is an essential part of helping videos go viral and landing creators a coveted spot on the For You page. Whether it’s a funny voiceover or a catchy mashup, popular TikTok songs are usually the best additions to go with your video. With new songs being created and added every day, there’s no telling what the next viral hit will be.

There are more than enough standout hits already to choose from and use if you’re looking to reach TikTok fame this year. Here are the top TikTok songs from 2021 that will hopefully add some flare to your next video.

“Oh No” by Kreepa 

According to Back Light Blog, “Oh No” is one of those songs that will always be forever associated with TikTok. The soundtrack for many viral hits, “Oh No” is most commonly used to show the moment when someone realizes they’re in trouble or stuck in a hilarious situation. A few examples include dad about to fall into a bathtub and a grandmother rocking so far back in a chair that she tips over.

“Buss It” by Erica Banks

This song is usually featured in the transition videos that people use to show off their favorite outfits for lewks. However, instead of showing just the face “oh,” the user has to pop down into a squat-style dance move at the end.

“Lotus Flower Bomb” by Wale featuring Miguel

A song that was first released in 2020, “Lotus Flower Bomb” has returned in 2021 when big names like Addison Rae began to use it as part of a dance trend. It’s currently considered one of the easiest dances to mimic, which is a big reason why it has gone viral.

“Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo

With almost 2 million videos and counting, Rodrigo’s song has become a staple on the For You page. Some people use it as the background for speedy choreography, but other users have utilized the song to convey heartache as they film themselves in sad scenarios such as lying on the ground in the rain.

“So Pretty” by Reyanna Maria

Transition videos are all the rage on TikTok, especially when it’s a video that features a transition from no makeup to makeup. The video style has become quite popular on TikTok and the “So Pretty” song has made those transitions even more seamless. In most videos using this sound, people will mimic hitting the camera for the initial beats and then reveal their new look during the “I’m so pretty” line.

“Dangerous” by Kardinal Offishall

This song originally came out in 2008, but thanks to a sound created by TikTok creator Presley Walker, it usually helps multiple trends go viral. So far, the most popular trend involves a person doing something “dangerous,” like asking someone out, and then taking a sip of water with shaky hands to show how nervous they really are.

“Vacation” by Dirty Heads

Thanks to the song’s stanza, “I’m on vacation every single day because I love my occupation,” this song is popular for users showing off at their jobs. Usually, this is done in comedic fashion, with users going behind the scenes of a fast food joint, but sometimes it can be used in a more serious setting.

“Streets” by Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s stardom has been at an all-time high for several years now, and her music is commonly used on TikTok. With her modern-day love song, “Streets,” most users lip sync the words before grabbing their partner during the line, “There ain’t a man like you.”

“Up” by Cardi B

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Face bomb ass tight @meredithduxbury

♬ Up – Cardi B

Though this song is used as a background for a wide array of viral content, it’s most commonly used in challenges where users show themselves fresh-faced and unready before showing how they look all done up. This is called the #upcardiBchallenge

“Telepatia” by Kali Uchis

This particular song is mainly used with how-to videos or other content that doesn’t require a voiceover. Odds are you’ve heard this tune featured in the background of everything from hair tutorials to oatmeal recipes. 

“I Am” by Young Baby Tate 

This song is going viral on TikTok thanks to the many users who feature it on their videos and use the lyrics as positive affirmations. The first line, “I am healthy, I am wealthy,” is usually the beginning of a comedic scenario that sometimes includes users asking the viewers to repeat the words after them.

“It’s Not the Same Anymore” by Rex Orange County 

A slow and sweet acoustic jam, “It’s Not the Same Anymore” acts as background music while the person filming displays a photo from an earlier point in their life and then shows their current self while mouthing the lyrics, “Wow, I look so weird here. My face has changed now.”

“Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood 

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POV: Donna walks into work and Church Bells by Carrie Underwood is playing

♬ Church Bells by Carrie Underwood – mark (silo era) 🚜👨🏻‍🌾🌾

This country song by the famous singer is usually used in the background of viral dances. Sometimes used as a parody, Carrie Underwood’s “Church Bells” is another popular song that has gained reasonable traction on TikTok. 

“UCKERS” by Shygirl

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If you live my tiktok you will adore my instagram 😍❤️ #art #hair

♬ UCKERS – Shygirl

This iconic sound is usually carried throughout most videos, as it has accompanied everything from home decor tours to DIY bucket hat tutorials. Of course, there are other uses for the sound. Some users incorporate it while surrounded by phrases they believe to be false, while others use it as they compare what a person looks like in real life to the Instagram profile.

“Caution” by Kaytranada

 

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Just doing my part. Buying a meal does more than keep local restaurants afloat✊ #WashingtonDC #DCFoodies #HonduranFood

♬ Caution – Kaytranada

Another popular song, “Caution,” is usually featured as the background track for many types of videos. Thanks to its relaxing beat and repetitive sounds, it’s usually considered to be an easy song to combine with voiceovers.

“Batman” by LPB Poody

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Part 2 for y’all try these jawns out #handshake #foryou #fyp

♬ Batman – LPB Poody

Thanks to its rousing dance challenge, “Batman” has helped more than a few creators go viral. All you have to do is type in the hashtag #batmanchallenge and you’ll find more than a few different choreographies that incorporate LPB Poody’s viral hit.

All of these songs and many more just like them are available to enjoy along with plenty of creative content on TikTok.