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The Trendpop Hot 50 List: The 50 Biggest Songs on TikTok in 2022

Blog Author
Claire Cohen
Published
Tue
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January 24, 2023
9:57 am

We already know that music and TikTok go together like Tariq and corn. This past year we saw TikTok hits come from everywhere — from the Billboard Hot 100 to TV shows to TikTok’s favorite DJs. To celebrate, we compiled a list of the 50 biggest songs on TikTok in 2022 and paired it with our insights.  

Our Methodology

We used Trendpop to pull the top sounds of the past year by video count growth in 2022. From there, we removed sounds with the majority of videos made by Creators based outside the US. To keep our focus on songs over sounds, we then filtered out non-music audios, and voila, we had our top 50 list. 

Our Top Takeaways

1. Don’t underestimate instrumental background music

TikTok truly lives for those aesthetic background vibes. Seven of the top 50 songs of the year were instrumental tracks. Those aesthetic beats were perfect for everything from day in the life videos to cooking tutorials to travel vlogs. 

Top instrumental tracks of the year:Love You So” - King Khan & BBQ Show, “Aesthetic” - Tollan Kim, “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” - Kevin MacLeod & Songchain “Gaslight” - INJI,  “Cornfield Chase” - Dorian Marko, “Sunrise” - Official Sound Studio, “Feel the Groove” - Queens Road, Fabian Graetz

2. Dance trends are still a big virality driver

While TikTok has evolved to become so much more than just a dance app, 14 of the top 50 songs of the year were tied to dances. 

Top dance tracks of the year:Jiggle Jiggle” - Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux, “CUFF IT” - Beyoncé, “Unholy” - Sam Smith & Kim Petras, “As It Was” - Harry Styles “About Damn Time” - Lizzo,  “Made You Look” - Meghan Trainor, “Sweater Weather (sped up)” - The Neighborhood, “Cool for the Summer Sped Up (Nightcore version)” - Demi Lovato, “Efecto” - Bad Bunny, “Old Town Road (mazur4ik version)” - Lil Nas X, “Bloody Mary (remix)” - Lady Gaga, “Toxic x pony” - Britney Spears & Ginuwine (remixed by ALTÉGO), “DESPECHÁ” - Rosalía, “Thick Fine Woman” - Chalie Boy (feat Lil' Ronny Mothaf, Fat Pimp, No Shame)

One of the biggest dance trends this year was to "CUFF IT" by Beyoncé

3. Remixes are a big deal.

Was 2022 the year of the (sped up version)? Twelve of the top 50 songs of the year were not the original versions of songs but remixes of popular songs – often mash ups, sped up, or pitched versions of the original audios. Some were released by the artists themselves, and others made by TikTok users. 

Top remixed songs of the year: “Super Freaky Girl x Luxurious,” “Godzilla (Davolaf remix),” “Sweater Weather (sped up),” “Cool Kids (our sped up version),” “Cool for the Summer Sped Up (nightcore),” “Jenny (Hearteye Speed Mix),” “Kiss Me More (sped up),” “Bloody Mary (sped up),” “Toxic x pony,” “Renegade (slowed by Luczyfer),” “Teenage Dream (remix),” “Rap God (remix by Music World)

4. It doesn’t always start on TikTok

Though TikTok is usually the place where trends start, three of this year’s biggest TikTok songs came from popular TV shows – “Forever” by Labrinth (Euphoria), “Bloody Mary” by Lady Gaga (Wednesday*), and of course “Running up that Hill (A Deal with God)” by Kate Bush (Stranger Things).

*While Bloody Mary wasn’t actually used in Wednesday, a mash up of a dance scene in the show to “Bloody Mary” propelled the song to popularity on TikTok.

Users loved recreating this scene from Wednesday set to a remix of Lady Gaga's "Bloody Mary."
What song would save you from Vecna? Stranger Things fans put themselves in the show with the help of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)."

5. Song + effect = virality

Songs that ended up being paired with a game or effect within the app often had greater chances at virality. Seven songs on our top 50 list became paired with a game, effect, or filter. 

Top songs paired with effects/game:Kiss Me More (sped up)” - SZA & Doja Cat, “Cumbia Buena” - Grupo La Cumbia, “Godzilla (remix)” - Eminem, “Rap God (remix)” - Eminem, “Renegade (slowed by Luczyfer)” - Aaryan Shah, “Finli Draper Music Money So Big” - Fin Draper Music, “Teenage Dream (Stephen Dawes remix)” - Katy Perry

"Kiss Me More" was paired with a filter that challenged users' math skills.

6. TikTok creates Billboard #1 Hits

No song with under 50M TikTok video views per week made it to number 1 on the billboard hot 100. What’s more, the average billboard #1 hit had 516M views on TikTok and 141K unique UGC videos the week it went to number 1 on the charts.

Top 50 TikTok songs that went to the top of the charts:As It Was” - Harry Styles, “Super Freaky Girl” - Nicki Minaj, “About Damn Time” - Lizzo, “Unholy” - Sam Smith & Kim Petras

7. TikTok 🤝 nostalgia.

As we’ve seen in years past, throwback jams can suddenly become TikTok viral hits (remember when “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac went viral)? We also saw previously viral TikTok songs coming back for a second wind via a fresh remix (e.g. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and “Roses” by Saint JHN). The popularity of these tracks goes to show you really can’t predict what will go viral on TikTok (though Trendpop can help you find those trending audios while they’re heating up 🥰).

The Full List

1. “Love You So” 

Artist: King Khan & BBQ Show

Video Count Growth in 2022: 26.9M

2. “Sunroof” 

Artist: Nicky Youre & dazy

Video Count Growth in 2022: 8.9M

3. “Aesthetic” 

Artist: Tollan Kim

Video Count Growth in 2022: 7.3M

4. “Jiggle Jiggle” 

Artist: Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux

Video Count Growth in 2022: 6.6M

5. “Ginseng Strip 2002” 

Artist: Yung Lean

Video Count Growth in 2022: 6.3M

6. “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” 

Artist: Kevin MacLeod & Songchain

Video Count Growth in 2022: 5.9M

7. “Cumbia Buena

Artist: Grupo La Cumbia

Video Count Growth in 2022: 4.4M

8. “Forever” 

Artist: Labrinth

Video Count Growth in 2022: 4.1M

9. “Love nwantinti (ah ah ah)” 

Artist: Ckay

Video Count Growth in 2022: 3.6M

10. “Super freaky girl x luxurious” 

Artist: Nicki Minaj (remixed by xxtristanxo)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 3.4M

11. “Unstoppable” 

Artist: Sia

Video Count Growth in 2022: 3.4M

12. “Paradise” 

Artist: Ikson

Video Count Growth in 2022: 3M

13. “Gaslight” 

Artist: INJI

Video Count Growth in 2022: 3M

14. “BILLIE EILISH” 

Artist: Armani White

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.9M

15. “Godzilla” 

Artist: Eminem (remixed by Davolaf)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.9M

16. “BOOM” 

Artist: Tiesto

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.8M

17. “As It Was” 

Artist: Harry Styles

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.6M

18. “Running Up that Hill (A Deal with God)” 

Artist: Kate Bush

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.6M

19. "Sweater Weather (sped up)"

Artist: The Neighbourhood

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.5M

20. “Cool Kids (our sped up version)

Artist: Echosmith

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.5M

21. “Jenny (hearteye speed mix)” 

Artist: Studio Killers

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.5M

22. “Cool for the Summer (sped up, nightcore)” 

Artist: Demi Lovato

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.4M

23. “Made You Look” 

Artist: Meghan Trainor

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.4M

24. “Just a Cloud Away” 

Artist: Pharrell Williams

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.4M

25. “Cornfield Chase” 

Artist: Dorian Marko

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.4M

26. “CUFF IT” 

Artist: Beyoncé

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.3M

27. “Infinity” 

Artist: Jaymes Young

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.3M

28. “Unholy” 

Artist: Sam Smith & Kim Petras

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.2M

29. “Efecto” 

Artist: Bad Bunny

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.2M

30. “Happy Birthday” 

Artist: Jovanie

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.2M

31. “Kiss Me More” 

Artist: SZA & Doja Cat (remixed by audiosyessir)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.2M

32. “Old Town Road (mazur4ik remix)” 

Artist: Lil Nas X (remixed by mazur4ik)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.1M

33. “Carrying Your Love” 

Artist: David Morris

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2.1M

34. “About Damn Time” 

Artist: Lizzo

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2M

35. “Bloody Mary (remix)” 

Artist: Lady GaGa (remixed by n0gitsxnes)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2M

36. “Toxic x Pony” 

Artist: Britney Spears & Ginuwine (remixed by ALTÉGO)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 2M

37. “DESPECHÁ” 

Artist: Rosalía

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.9M

38. “Thick Fine Woman” 

Artist: Chalie Boy (feat Lil' Ronny Mothaf, Fat Pimp, No Shame)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.9M

39. “Rap God” 

Artist: Eminem (remixed by Music World)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.9M

40. “Roses (Imanbek remix)” 

Artist: Saint JHN

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.9M

41. “Sunrise” 

Artist: Official Sound Studio

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.8M

42. “BIZCOCHITO” 

Artist: Rosalía

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.8M

43. “Renegade (slowed version)” 

Artist: Aaryan Shah (remixed by Luczyfer)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.8M

44. “FEEL THE GROOVE” 

Artist: Queens Road, Fabian Graetz

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.8M

45. “Captain (whistle)” 

Artist: Nutcase22

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.8M

46. “Finli Draper Music Money So Big” 

Artist: Fin Draper Music

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.7M

47. “Alright” 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.7M

48. “Teenage Dream (remix)” 

Artist: Katy Perry (remixed by Stephen Dawes)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.7M

49. “Me Porto Bonito” 

Artist: Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.7M

50. “S.I.M.P. (Squirrels in my Pants)” 

Artist: Phineas & Ferb (remixed by Geek Music)

Video Count Growth in 2022: 1.7M

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