Songs from Tik Tok You Should Actually Be Listening To

By: Emily Beatty Instagram: @emilyhbeatty Twitter: @emilyhbeatty

Tik Tok has become a cultural phenomenon for our generation. Everyone from ages 5 to 35 has seen a Tik Tok within the last 6 months, whether it was on the app’s ‘For You’ page, trending on Twitter, or on your favorite meme page’s Instagram. This addictive app is the best thing since Vine, and you cannot change my fucking mind. I get that a ton of the sounds and dances are super cringe-worthy, but there are songs that are actually stupid good. These are my top 10 Tik Tok trend songs that you should actually be listening to.

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I believe I was introduced to Joji at some point last spring, and his album BALLADS 1 is one of my favorite albums from this past year. This song fucking s l a p s. It’s an older Tik Tok trend, but this song was used as a sound for the Circle Challenge, where Tik Tok-ers would spin in a circle on the ground without using their arms or legs. This trend was stupid, mainly because I still don’t know how they did it. The song though? Still amazing, and still one of my favorites from this past year.

Track 2: Chanel by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean is a God and a musical genius, and the fact that he is dropping new music right now? I’m literally praying that he releases a new album before the year is over. “Chanel” was a single Ocean dropped back in 2017, not long after Blonde, which was only his second album. On Tik Tok, Ocean’s track is usually seen paired with “American Boy” and is either a dance or a glow-up of some sort. It’s also used in the “Choose Your Player” format. I love the song so so much, but honestly sometimes when I listen I genuinely wish the original had the bass beats that the Tik Tok version does, oops.

Track 3: Buttercup by Jack Stauber

I originally wanted Stauber’s “Coffee” on this list (another popular sound on the app) but it wasn’t available on Spotify so I chose “Buttercup” instead. The sound is still really good, and Stauber creates some very weird YouTube videos, but the sounds he produces with them are actually all great songs. He writes, records and produces all of his own work, and we support small and underground artists on this page. If you are interested in the creepy and weird, and want to check out more of Stauber’s stuff, click here to visit his YouTube page.

Track 4: 20 min – Chopped and Screwed by Lil Uzi Vert, Remixed by DJ Purpberry

Okay, this is an unpopular opinion, but I personally hate Lil Uzi Vert*. I think he’s mediocre at best and completely overrated. However, this remix by DJ Purpberry is really fucking good. It’s a bop and a half, and I love the Tik Toks that come with it because they’re usually really funny. Anyways, I’m not saying Lil Uzi is good (because he’s not), but this song might be an exception.

Track 5: Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit

So, this track is mainly a mellow instrumental, but it is most definitely worth a listen. I am a huge fan of deep instruments and bass guitar, and this song has them. The compilation of the bass, the high/distorted simple sounds, and the synth beats is just so chill, and it’s a great lo-fi song to listen to while doing homework or reading. The song is usually used when Tik Tok-ers are bragging about the gorgeous places they live in/have travelled to. I love these videos, I’m a sucker for anything that’s pretty to look at.

Track 6: we fell in love in october by girl in red

I loved this song so much it actually made my November 2019 playlist (article coming after Thanksgiving!). girl in red is a band that I have been following since their named popped up in my recommended tracks. They’re super talented, and I really love the indie pop vibe that they’re pulling off. The lyrics for this song are very catchy and the synth is heavy, leaving this song to be a bit more on the Top 40/Pop side, however, the electric bass guitar and easy drums partnered with the raspy singing brings the folk-y tones back out. This song is usually seen in the “POV: you see me at a party and remember why we broke up” Tik Toks, and those never fail to get me to laugh, if I’m being honest.

Track 7: PRIDE. by Kendrick Lamar

This is a song off of one of the best Hip Hop/Rap albums of the past five years. If you read my last article, you know it’s not my genre of choice. I respect the music, and I definitely listen to a decent amount but it’s just not my favorite style. I can’t vibe with it 24/7. However, this song? I’ll listen to it at any given time on any given day. It’s a masterpiece. I honestly feel this way about the whole album. It’s a work of art. The Tik Tok community really only uses the intro to this song (their loss), and the videos themselves are alright. (I couldn’t find a Tik Tok with this sound so pls enjoy this relatable substitute)

Track 8: The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala

I don’t fucking care if you don’t like Indie/Alt. I. Don’t. Fucking. Care. Go and get your AirPods, or your Beats, or your cheap-ass headphones that still have wires, and listen to this song. Tame Impala is a music project produced and performed by psychedelic rock wizard Kevin Parker. He’s a god. All of Tame Impala’s songs are amazing, and you should be listening if you’re not already. As for the Tik Tok side, who gives a fuck, it’s the song that matters.

Track 9: I Don’t Want the Juul by DEL

So, this song has a special place in my heart because I actually know the guy who wrote and performed it. His name is Joey and he starred in a show at Suffolk with his band and he is so so talented. He made a Tik Tok with his own song as the sound and it actually popped up on my “For You” page. I was super surprised. Since then, there have been a bunch of people who made their own versions of the video. This song is super funny, very relatable, and overall a really great listen. It’s upbeat but mellow, and has some very dope 80s/90s electro vibes.

Track 10: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by AIIVAWN

This is a remix/remake of a classic song commonly associated with Heath Ledger’s stint in “10 Things I Hate About You” (the most superior chick flick, sorry Notebook fans). This remix is really insane. I’ve listened to it a few times and at this point I really might prefer it to the original. Its mellow beats are such a good replacement for the marching band-style heard in the Frankie Valli version. And the added alto saxophone? It’s a great way to incorporate the original brass and jazz sounds, too. I unfortunately couldn’t find it on Spotify, but I’ll link the YouTube video here for you guys. The Tik Toks seen with this sound are more often than not thirst traps or glo-ups, and I hate them, but the song is good so… oh well!


Editor’s Note: Hate is a strong word Emily- tsk tsk! Otherwise nice list.