TikTok Reveals the Top Ten Videos and Trends of 2021 in the U.S.

As 2021 draws to a close, TikTok has shared a round-up of its top videos and trends of the year from across the U.S.

The social media platform, which came into its own during various lockdowns around the world, has continued to soar in popularity, with 837 million monthly active users in the last quarter of 2020, according to Business of Apps.

The site claimed the platform generated a $1.9 billion revenue in 2020, a 457 percent increase year-on-year.

TikTok, which shares short videos, saw fans copy dance moves, use soundbites, stitches and duets to spawn global trends.

Along with the top videos, they've named stand-outs in a "powered by joy" category, songs, breakthrough stars, filters, "voices of change," foodies, throwback trends, "big little communities," and the "wishlist," which is shopping products that became viral on the app.

While not solely based on views, the platform unveiled their ten "faves" which constituted "this year's biggest moments."

10. @zeddywill—Bro who got you smiling like that?

In tenth place is a clip from July, which amassed 30.9 million views. Created by @zeddywill, who describes himself as a comedian, the sound has subsequently been used in 2,491 clips.


yk its serious when yu smile at da phone 😂😂😂😂 #fyp #comedy #zeddywill

♬ original sound - aka CBANDZZZ 🗣

9. @sunisalee_—Sunisa Lee celebrating her gold

In ninth place is a video from gymnast Sunisa Lee, who won a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 18-year-old shared a video of herself dancing and celebrating while holding her medal, which was also seen 30.9 million times.

8. @felixgabrielmusic—Here comes the boy musical edition

This video, also from July, amassed 11 million views and was turned into a popular sound used across the app. Created by @felixgabrielmusic, he played the piano over another video posted by user @june_banoon, which she shared in June as she welcomed a cat.


Reply to @kimbokak THANK U GUYS FOR ALL THE LOVE, WASNTING EXPECTING TO WAKE UP TO THIS BUT TY #piano #catsoftiktok #music

♬ Here Comes the Boy - Felix Gabriel

7.@chaotticgoood —Please don't go

This unusual clip from March shows @chaotticgoood on a roadtrip with her "bestie"—a toad. The clip shows the pair driving Thelma and Louise style with shades and scarves around their heads, and was seen more than 20 million times.

6. @tracy.oj—The original "Woman" dance video

A dance is up next, with @tracy.oj's choreography set to Doja Cat's hit "Woman," seen more than 170 million times. She released the clip in July, and shared a follow-up a few days later making her sound available on the site, spawning numerous attempts from fans.


How did I- !!!😳 Anyways dc: me

♬ Woman - Doja Cat

5. @zachking—Zach King disappearing into his art

Clever editing saw this video clinch fifth place, with @zachking walking across some street art, which features a steep drop. A woman offers to take a photo, but as he poses the artwork crumbles and he disappears down the hole. The video, shared in June, was seen more than 174 million times.

4. @my_aussie_gal—Dog painting

It was inevitable a dog would make it onto the list somewhere, and that's at number four. The incredibly intelligent German Shepherd, named Secret, paints a picture of a flower using their mouth, while she can also do yoga and hopscotch. The July masterpiece was seen more than 183 million times.


Secrets first flower!🌻

♬ everything sucks - vaultboy

3. @_catben_—Restocking at its finest

Cleaning and organizing our homes is still as popular as ever (thanks, Marie Kondo) as this video proves. The clip of a woman restocking her drawers, fridge and cupboards from May has been seen more than 200 million times.


Random restocks & refills around the house🤩🤩🤩 #refill #restock #organizedhome #momlife #thisandthatwithcat #asmr

♬ original sound - Catherine Benson

2.@chipmunksoftiktok—Squishy the Chipmunk hiding nuts in his mouth

The penultimate video goes to another adorable animal, this time a chipmunk. A clip of the rodent filling its mouth with nuts from June was seen more than 270 million times.

1. @totouchanemu—Drone Dancing

Finally in the top spot is a video of a man dancing, as filmed by a drone. @totouchanemu's clip sees them start by looking at a similar video, with 3.2 million likes. Little did he know his offering, from July, would earn him 314 million views.


I may not have @maxtaylorlifts dumpy but I do have a drone.

♬ STAY - The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber

As well as videos, the app's filter feature was a source of hours of fun, with the most popular the Psychedelic Clown, followed by the Inverted Filter, the Versailles Run, Buffering and Photo Crop.

In sixth place was Freeze Frame Slow Zoom, Autumn Aesthetic was next, followed by Slow Zoom Taylor, Renaissance Art (Green Screen Scan) and finally the Red and Blue Filter.

The favorite song was listed as "Adderall (Corvette Corvette)" by Popp Hunna, and the breakthrough star was Chef Puff, aka @thatlittlepuff.

Joel Bervell, @joelbervell, was named as the top voice for change. The tortilla trend, which sees a tortilla being folded in a quarter pattern to ensure no filling falls out, was the stand-out food hack.

GAP's brown hoodie topped the wishlist, Adult Swim was the ultimate throwback trend, and Small Business TikTok was top in the "big little communities" category.

While @saveafox.rescue—a joyful fox video, featuring an animal named Finnegan, clinched the number one spot in the "powered by joy" category.

Commenting on the 2021 report overall, Vanessa Pappas, chief operating officer, said: "There's something really special about TikTok's diverse global community that people just can't find anywhere else. For us, 2021 was a year for connection and we've seen people on TikTok laughing together, entertaining us, starting cultural phenomenons, and teaching us new things.

"It's been incredible to see the depths of entertainment and creativity from this community, and we're delighted to celebrate all the ways we've come together this year on TikTok."

File photo of the TikTok app.
File photo of the TikTok app. The social media platform has named its top videos for 2021. Getty Images/Chesnot