Five songs that made their way up the charts thanks to TikTok

These songs are so catchy, you’ll be humming to them before you know it.

Ardini Insyirah

All smiles and giggles especially when there’s music.

Published: 13 November 2020, 12:57 PM

TikTok is the place where you’ll find all kinds of content. From memes to dance routines, everything will be accompanied by interesting and catchy audio. 

Music is a big part of TikTok and it has a lot of influence over how well a track performs in terms of the number of streams. 

Here are five songs that made their way up the charts thanks to TikTok:

1. Savage

Originally released on Mar 6 2020, the song got so popular that Megan Thee Stallion made a remix with Beyonce, which was released on Apr 29. The track peaked #1 on the Billboard charts on the week of May 30 2020 and has remained on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 31 weeks.

The success of the song, both the original and the remix, had much to do with the Savage dance that trended on Tiktok. The 60-second dance routine was created by Keara Wilson, which quickly became a “stay home” anthem for TikTok users. 

The trend even inspired celebrities like Keke Palmer and Jessica Alba to share their own versions of the dance.


“Savage” was Megan’s (right) first song to make the charts. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@THEESTALLION

2. Blinding Lights

Part of The Weeknd’s After Hours album that dropped on Mar 20, Blinding Lights topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts on Apr 4 and claimed the spot for four consecutive weeks. 

#TheBlindingLightsChallenge has had more than 460.1 million views on TikTok. This was one of the songs that trended on TikTok during the circuit breaker period in Singapore, which coincided with the quarantine period in the United States. 

Since this was a group choreography, it was the perfect bonding activity for families and friends who were stuck at home together. This 15-second dance even had some TikTokers getting their parents involved.


The After Hours album performed as the biggest debut R&B album as it ranked the highest streams in its debut week. PHOTO CREDIT: SPOTIFY

3. death bed (coffee for your head)

Created with a sample of Beabadoobee’s original track, Coffee, Powfu had uploaded his own version of it on Youtube channel, Promoting Sounds, over a year ago. Thanks to TikTok, the song went viral. 

The lo-fi hip-hop song appealed to Gen Z with it’s emo ‘sad boi’ vibes. 

The official audio of the song was used in over 5.8M videos on TikTok. The simplicity of the tune allowed it to be used in a lot of different ways in TikTok. Users have used it as background music in their aesthetic videos where they show their surroundings. 

There were even people confessing their love to this audio.


The original track on Promoting Sounds now has over 82 million views while the music video has more than 237M views. PHOTO CREDIT: SPOTIFY

4. Savage Love

Savage Love was a remix by Jason Derulo of Jawsh 685’s Laxed (Siren Beat). The original track had been trending before the remix version was released. The remix made the song even more popular, prolonging the trend further. 

The catchy tune of the song was accompanied by a simple dance routine that everyone could follow – a couple of shoulder and chest taps along with hip shimmying. The original song, Laxed, was part of a #culturedance challenge where users performed this dance wearing their cultural attire.

Charlie D’Amelio and Addison Rae, two of the biggest influencers on the platform also took part in the trend that has over 12.8 million views on TikTok. On the other hand, #savagelove gained over 1.7 billion views on TikTok. 


Savage Love captured lots of attention that K-pop band, BTS released a remix of it which topped the Billboard Hot 100’s chart in September. PHOTO CREDIT: SPOTIFY

5. The Box

As part of Roddy Ricch’s album titled Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, The Box is his most well-performing track. It starts off with the significant squeaky-wheel sound effect which later became a meme. 

It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on Jan 18 this year and remained at the top for over 11 weeks. 

The track was used for numerous types of TikTok videos including dance routines and memes. The most memorable one was Jay Will’s take on the sound effect in the song’s intro. 

His video went viral and had over 1.8 million likes. 


Roddy Ricch was the first artist to top the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously since Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born soundtrack a year ago. PHOTO CREDIT: SPOTIFY


Unless you live under a rock, at least one of these songs should be familiar to you. If you know them all, then you’re a certified TikToker!

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