25 Songs That Totally Blew Up on TikTok

If TikTok is known for just one thing, it's for setting trends, while making songs—and often their accompanying dances—blow up. From the famous "Renegade" dance to the "Blinding Lights" challenge that was all over social media last year, TikTok stars certainly know how to take a song and run with it.

There is no formula for the kind of song that will see mega success on TikTok. The app's creators love everything from a song that was already popular, like "Don't Start Now" by Dua Lipa, to retro songs that have seen a boom in recent months thanks to the social media platform, like "Rasputin" to Boney M.

There are also songs that seem as though they were made for TikTok, like "Aesthetic" by Xilo, or songs that were crying out to be made into a viral dance, like "Say So" by Doja Cat.

While there are perhaps dozens more, below Newsweek has rounded up just 25 songs that have blown up on TikTok.

Savage by Megan Thee Stallion

"Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion has been used in more than 24 million videos, thanks to a dance trend by Keke Janajah that went viral on TikTok last year.

@keke.janajah

NEW DANCE ALERT! 🚨 if u use my dance tag me so i can see🤗 @theestallion #writethelyrics #PlayWithLife #foyou #fyp #foryoupage #newdance #savage

♬ Savage - Megan Thee Stallion

Lottery (Renegade) by K-Camp

"Lottery (Renegade)" by K-Camp has one of the most famous dances on TikTok, and more than 24 million videos have used the song. "Lottery (Renegade)" went viral on the app after 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon created a dance that sparked a massive trend.

Say So by Doja Cat

Doja Cat's song "Say So" blew up on TikTok last year when users hopped on the dance trend inspired by TikTok star @yodelinghaley. The song has since been used in more than 14 million videos, and Doja Cat even incorporated the dance into her music video, in which Haley made an appearance.

Drivers Licence by Olivia Rodrigo

"Drivers Licence" by Olivia Rodrigo has been used in nearly two million videos and Rodrigo's TikTok video about making the song has amassed more than nine million likes.

"Drivers Licence" has also inspired numerous TikTok trends, such as users texting their ex the lyrics from the song to see if they catch on, a group of friends singing along badly on purpose, and another trend by @spoiledmel sees users create a music video-worthy transition to the song's bridge.

Backyard Boy by Claire Rosinkranz

"Backyard Boy" by Claire Rosinkranz has been used in more than 2.5 million videos as its fun, breezy melody is the perfect backdrop to a wide range of TikTok content.

Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa's song "Don't Start Now" inspired another viral dance trend that took over TikTok early last year. The dance was popular with TikTok starts including Charli D'Amelio and Addison Rae.

Home by Edith Whiskers/Tom Rosenthal

"Home" by Edith Whiskers will be familiar to anyone with a TikTok account, as the song has been used in 1.5 million videos.

However, though the song is attributed to "Edith Whiskers," this is actually a fictional grandma character created by musician Tom Rosenthal, who covered Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' song under the pseudonym.

Rosenthal's video explaining that he is the person singing the viral TikTok version has been liked more than seven million times.

@tomrosenthalmusic

If you have heard me but don’t know me then hello my name is Tom!

♬ Home - Edith Whiskers

Buss It by Erica Banks

"Buss It" by Erica Banks has been used in nearly six million videos thanks to a viral trend that sees users start the video dressed casually before dropping to the floor on the beat and appearing to be instantly all dressed up.

Rasputin by Boney M

"Rasputin" by Boney M was released in 1978 but has seen a spike in popularity after going viral on TikTok earlier this year, having been used in more than 4.6 million videos.

Up by Cardi B

"Up" by Cardi B was released in February and has blown up on TikTok, having been used in 1.5 million videos. One of the most viewed videos that uses the song is by Riverdale's Madeline Petsch, Lili Reinhart, and Camila Mendes, which has been viewed more than 67 million times.

@blondebrunetteredhead

happy international women’s day #fyp

♬ Up - Cardi B

Aesthetic by Xilo

"Aesthetic" by Xilo has been used in more than 13 million TikTok videos and is popular for being used as background music.

Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head) by Powfu and beabadoobee

"Death Bed (Coffee For Your Head)" by Powfu and beabadoobee has been used in more than five million TikTok Videos and its mellow vibe is used to soundtrack a range of content.

Supalonely by Benee and Gus Dapperton

"Supalonely" by Benee and Gus Dapperton inspired TikTok star @zoifishh to create a dance that blew up on the app last year and the song has now been used in nearly eight million videos. The song has also been used in videos sharing "nostalgic" images from the first lockdown in spring 2020.

Lalala by y2k2y and bbno$

"Lalala" by y2k2y and bbno$ is a popular TikTok song that has been used in 2.6 million videos, with content ranging from soccer videos, videos of dogs, pranks, and more.

The Box by Roddy Ricch

"The Box" by Roddy Ricch has been used in 1.7 million videos and has a popular dance attached that has been used by the most-followed TikTok star Charli D'Amelio numerous times.

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

"Dance Monkey" by Tones and I is a song that any TikTok user will be familiar with. The song has been used in 6.6 million videos and is used for all kinds of videos.

Vibe (If I Back It Up) by Cookiee Kawaii

"Vibe (If I Back It Up)" by Cookiee Kawaii has been used in more than a million videos on TikTok, but as the song grew in popularity the singer was not properly credited. Cookiee Kawaii's video introducing herself to TikTok and letting her viewers know that she's behind the song has been viewed 12 million times.

Roses by SAINT JHN

SAINT JHN's song "Roses" has been used in 2.5 million videos, and although it is used for a range of content, a popular trend that uses "Roses" sees couples post what appears to be a photograph before they reveal that they were actually standing completely still.

Toosie Slide by Drake

"Toosie Slide" by Drake has been used in 4.7 million videos, but one of the most popular is by TikTok star Bella Poarch, in which she moves her face to the lyrics of the song, (this kind of content has made Poarch the creator with the most liked TikTok video ever).

@bellapoarch

Right, up, left, slide😎 Dc: @afiqhakim

♬ Toosie Slide - Drake

I Like Him by Princess Nokia

"I Like Him" by Princess Nokia has been used in more than 1.3 million videos, and a popular trend sees users reinterpret the lyrics to suggest that two friends are fighting over the same man. The song is also used in comedy videos, such as someone imagining their dating life when the pandemic ends or spotting cute guys at the airport.

Vacation by Dirty Heads

"Vacation" by Dirty Heads is a popular TikTok song featured in more than a million videos that see users transition from being in an everyday situation to being on vacation, typically on the beach or next to a swimming pool. They make the transition by sneezing into their arms and then looking up, often with a small bottle of alcohol in their mouths.

Renee by SALES

"Renee" by SALES has been used in more than a million videos, with users making the most of the lyrics that repeat "you got it," by listing things that they have or that they will give someone.

Blinding Lights by The Weeknd

"Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd was popular at the beginning of the pandemic last year, thanks to a viral dance. The song is used in 1.5 million videos and the #blindinglightschallenge has 497 million views while the #blindinglightsdance has nearly 16 million views.

WAP by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion

"WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion has blown up outside of TikTok, but the song is also incredibly popular on the app, thanks to its dance. The song has been used in nearly five million videos, with Addison Rae's take on the dance being liked more than 24 million times.

Mad at Disney by Salem

"Mad at Disney" by Salem has been used in nearly three million videos, with a popular trend using the song involving Tiktok creators dressing up as Disney characters. Bella Poarch, for example, has used the song to dress up as Vanellope from Wreck-It-Ralph and Mulan.

Therefore I Am by Billie Eilish

TikTok users love Billie Eilish's song "Therefore I Am," using it in various trends that span more than three million views. The song is popularly used as a transition used by makeup artists, while TikTok users have also used "Therefore I Am" to show off how intimidating they look.

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An AFP collaborator poses a TikTok on December 14, 2018, in Paris. Songs that have blown up on TikTok include 'Savage' by Megan the Stallion and 'Therefore I Am,' by Billie Eilish. AFP/Getty