We all know how huge TikTok is, and in the past few weeks we’ve taken a look at the top most liked TikToks and the most popular TikTok trends, but where would it all be without music? In fact, where would we all be without music?
But especially on TikTok. No more lip-syncing, no more dancing, no more unique situations and circumstances that are directly music-related. Videos would be so lifeless without it.
Let’s face it, without music, TikTok wouldn’t even exist.
It is the binding agent that holds everything together and the reason we react as we do to many of its videos.
That’s why I wanted to create a list of the most popular TikTok songs. The ones that push as many creators to come up with original content that makes our days.
Like with all music, not all popular TikTok songs will be suitable for everyone. Some of us might relate to the happier and more upbeat TikTok songs, while others might like sad TikTok songs better. But whether you’re a TikTok fan or not, there surely will be at least one song on this list that you won’t be able to resist.
So let’s get on with it and check out ten of the most popular TikTok songs of 2023.
1. Miley Cyrus – Flowers
2. Shakira – Bzrp Music Sessions, vol. 53
3. Meghan Trainor – Made You Look
4. Colbie Caillat – Try
5. Stephen Sanchez & Em Beihold – Until I Found You
6. Paris Paloma – Labour
7. Mama Cass – Make Your Own Kind of Music
8. Raye – Escapism
9. Sam Smith – Unholy
10. Капибара – Сто-Личный Она-Нас
10 Top TikTok Songs of 2023
“Flowers” by Miley Cyrus was released at the beginning of 2023 and it quickly became popular as a female empowerment anthem, including on TikTok. The song is inspired by Miley’s relationship with her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth, who cheated on her. The song was released on Liam’s birthday and filmed in the house where he presumably cheated on her with 14 different women. In the song, she flips the lyrics to Bruno Mars’ song “When I Was Your Man”, which Liam is rumored to have dedicated to Miley during their engagement. This is how the two songs compare:
Miley’s song is now used by people everywhere as an anthem of self-love, self-confidence, and taking back your power, whether we’re talking about a breakup or some other trauma that you need to lift yourself from.
Or just showing people that it’s ok to be yourself and not care what other people think, like the lady in this video:
Or you can just have fun with this song as the baseball circus Savannah Bananas did on their TikTok page:
Speaking of cheating songs, a few days earlier than Miley’s song, Shakira released a song with Bizarrap, in which she destroys her ex-partner of 12 years, Gerard Piqué, who cheated on her with a 22-year-old. The Spanish song is filled with references and puns that are meant to sting Piqué and Clara, the girl he cheated on Shakira with. Here is a bit of the song with English subtitles:
However, unlike Miley Cyrus’ song, which is mostly used on TikTok for self-empowerment, Shakira’s song is mostly used for dance choreographies and challenges, which Shakira herself also took on.
As a bonus, it brought back TikTok user totouchanemu’s dancing trend, which people loved a few years ago.
“Made You Look” by Meghan Trainor came out at the end of 2022, and it has been trending ever since. The message of the song is simple: while you can look amazing all put together in fancy outfits, makeup, and with your hair done, sometimes you look your best and sexier in your sweats, with messy morning hair and no makeup on. TikTokkers created a dance to this song, but the most popular choreography is the one created by brookieandjessie, which Meghan Trainor herself recreated and now uses in a lot of her TikToks. Here is a duet between Meghan Trainor and brookieandjessie.
This video of Meghan Trainor and two of her vocalists singing this song in a bathtub with no instrumentals also became popular because of how great it sounds:
Then there are TikTok creators who interpret the lyrics to this song and do transitions from glow-ups to them dressed in a hoodie or with no makeup on.
Colbie Caillat’s “Try” is another one of the female empowerment songs on this list that I’m sure you’re going to love. As women, we have been taught to fit in all kinds of societal standards to be accepted and loved. The message of “Try” is to just try to be yourself without trying so hard to please everyone else. You have to learn to love yourself first and foremost, and people will learn to love you just as you are. If they don’t, it’s not your duty to please them.
“Until I Found You” is a song released by Stephen Sanchez in 2021, but it started gaining traction on TikTok after it was re-released in 2022 in a remixed version with singer-songwriter Em Beihold. It is a sweet, relaxing vintage-sounding love song that takes you back to the 50s or 60s.
TikTok user favmusicvibes also posted another version of this song, a bit sped up. It is used for example in this TikTok by creator otasakaxxx, who took clips from the shorts series “I Am Groot”, where Baby Groot is just being his cute self, and edited them with this song in the background. The melancholic mood of the song matches perfectly with the clips selected from the movie.
How adorable is this pup cuddling and sleeping next to his pregnant human mom?
Or how cute is this animation posted by creator hikitty79?
A portion of the song “Labour” by Paris Paloma blew up on TikTok weeks before the full version of the song was released, and we can see why. The song is a feminist anthem meant to bring attention to female history, patriarchy, sexism, and domestic abuse. I love that we have so many female empowerment songs on this list of the most popular TikTok songs!
This song has set the stage for a multitude of TikToks celebrating womanhood and female strength, like this video showing how men used to gatekeep flamenco because the footwork was considered too fast and intense for women until Carmen Amaya broke the mold and became one of the greatest flamenco dancers of all time.
Women are just angry and fed up with being sexualized, mocked, and discriminated against, whether that’s at their jobs, at the doctor’s, at dinner parties, or just by society in general, and that’s why this song blew up like this. It’s not just a trend, women are just angry. Just as an example, when going to the doctor, women complaining of pain tend to be dismissed a lot more easily than men and sent home. I know countless examples of women going to the doctor and being asked with a snarky attitude why they’re there or being told they’re paranoid and that it’s all in their heads. This video is just one example:
There are a lot of fantastic videos using this song, like this one portraying women over several decades fighting for their rights:
This is just our feminist anthem for 2023:
Check out the sound if you want to see more amazing videos and if you want to get more educated as a man.
Although released in 1969 by Mama Cass, “Make Your Own Kind of Music” keeps coming back in different moments in time. In 2005, it was featured at the beginning of the second season of the phenomenon TV show “Lost”, and many people believe there is no better use for that song. And indeed, that is the perfect setup for that song, or rather that song is the perfect setup for the first scenes of Lost’s second season. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t go viral on TikTok in 2023. While its use right now is very different from what Lost presented, it has created a whole lot of awkwardly hilarious videos.
The TikTok videos use a scene from the movie “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent”, featuring Nicolas Cage and newer Internet sensation Pedro Pascal. The scene shows the two actors in a car, sharing an awkward staring-at-each-other moment, where Nicolas Cage looks kind of confused or even angry, and Pedro Pascal has a silly grin on his face. As you can imagine, this is the perfect TikTok meme setup for placing all kinds of captions on top, like admiring your shirtless boyfriend with a stupid grin on your face or pretending like trauma is nothing to you.
“Escapism” by Ray is a sad but rhythmical breakup song that TikTokkers have used mainly for motivational videos to show you can and should still care about your self-worth and about yourself after a breakup and that you can’t let it define you or bring you down to a point that you can’t get up anymore.
As you can imagine by the title, and if you already know the song, “Unholy” has unleashed the sexy side of TikTok, so some of these videos are not safe for work., but I won’t include those. I’ll go for the funny ones. For example, this one is tame and funny, but this dad is kind of doing something “unholy”. You’ve gotta be a special kind of dad to go pick up your daughter at school dressed like this:
This one is funny and impressive as well:
This one is of actor Chris Carmack showing us his laundry routine before and after marriage:
We couldn’t have a popular TikTok song list without some kind of animal. The star of the show right now is the capybara, a kind of giant rodent native to South America. The animal looks very funny, and the song is very funny and chilled back as well. Here are a few videos featuring this sound that is popular on TikTok:
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