If you’re still dreaming of making your mark on TikTok, you need the best tunes to back your sweet dance moves. TikTok is just nothing unless a seemingly endless font of viral tracks. A number of the most popular songs of the past few years even got their starts on TikTok before racing to the top of the Billboard charts. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” for example, popped off on TikTok in 2019 after gaining some traction on SoundCloud. From there, radio programmers were ripping the track from the internet to meet listener demand to play it on their stations.
TikTok virality doesn’t just stay on the platform. Many artists with tracks that go viral on the platform will discover that the music has also launched to the top of their top-played songs list on streaming services, too. Certainly, virality from platforms like TikTok has upended the music industry to an extent. As tracks blow up online, labels are put in the position of finding and signing those songs to their labels instead of the other way around, with the music industry delivering the music to listeners. Because more and more artists launch songs and sound on platforms like TikTok and Triller, we can expect this exciting trend to continue.
As 2020 winds down, TikTok has shared the top 10 songs on the app for the year based on their algorithm. Beyond the top 10, we’ve listed here another 14 TikTok songs that have enjoyed virality on the platform this year. Many of those have been used in a lot more videos than TikTok’s top 10. Let’s dive in!