10 Most Popular TikTok Trends of 2021

Last week we talked about the top 20 most liked TikToks of 2021, but what are some of the most popular TikTok trends? 

With so many people following and posting on TikTok, it’s no wonder that there are some challenges, video themes, special effects and background songs that blow up on TikTok and become TikTok trends that everyone uses for weeks or months to come until they get tired of them and move on to the next ones on the list. 

So what TikTok trends have people been fond of in 2021? Of course there are plenty to go through, so this article is not intended to cover all of them, but we’ll check out some of the most interesting trending TikToks.

10 Popular TikTok Trends of 2021

Here are some of the most popular TikTok trends of 2021, in no particular order:

TikTok TrendTikTok CreatorsTagsOriginal Sounds
Zoom Meetings Mishapsthiswellplannedlife
alecohlaker
memep1ug
#zoommeeting #zoomThiswellplannedlife
Buttercup – Jack Stauber
original sound – MemePlug🔌
Dating in your…jamiejukesuk
jill.niiicole
allisonkuch
myteacherface
#dating #fyp #fouryoupageDating in your…… – Jamie Buckley pt and actor
Videos Living in Your Head Rent-Freetally_nawrocki
karrah_peden_tram
aubrey_rose78
#rentfreeNone
Tell Me Without Telling Mepaytonnlaynee
kaisocal
stacey_scouse
eljoshg
#tellme #tellmewithouttellingmeStop trauma dumping on this lol
Sneaky SnitchKevin MacLeod
original sound – Stacey 🦊
original sound – Josh G
Good Soupmochapom
geebullivent
itsjacksonjansen
#goodsoupgood soup – MARVEL FANS
He, He, Hebrodalorian
fishinwithtate
joeycantdrive
#fyp #fouryoupageoriginal sound – tdenning
Mama Said That It Was OKabbieherbert_
taylorswift
lukasgraham
#mamasaidMama Said – Lukas Graham
Sheeeshhhbrintmitchell
jessekettletv
bradeazy
ramenkingivan
#sheeshSheeeshhh – King Julio
Thrift Flipssiiena
hotfiggity
andriaahall
tia.hrubala
#thriftflip #thriftflipclothes #sewingtiktokto the salon – 🍄 76.2K mushrooms 🍄
Learn on TikTokthefoldinglady
dermdoctor
therealtiktokdoc
#learnontiktokNo specific one

Zoom Meeting Mishaps

With more and more people working and studying from home, Zoom has become part of most of everyone’s lives over these last two years, so it only makes sense there were quite a few incidents of people forgetting to turn off their cameras or mics, falling asleep, getting caught off-guard and in awkward situations. And TikTok users love to post about these incidents, because we can all relate to many of these. One of the most popular ones is posted by @thiswellplannedlife, where she doesn’t know her camera is on and keeps making exasperated hand gestures for the other person to hurry up and wrap it up:  

Another cool one is this Zoom meeting prank that you can pull on your coworkers or classmates:

But the funniest ones are still the ones where people don’t know their camera is on, like this teacher who showed up without his pants on and saying naughty things to his significant other without knowing he was being watched and listened to by his students. TikTok users just loved this one:

Dating in your…

This trend was started by @jamiejukesuk when he posted a video where he showcases the struggles of dating in your 30’s to the tune of “It’s the Hard Knock Life”, acting like each of those issues is knocking him to the ground:

But many women feel like they’re facing the same struggles men do, just in their 20’s, as opposed to guys who are often more ready to settle in their 30’s:

@jill.niiicole

I’m sorry this was so much fun. Also I’m just gonna keep my cat #thankyew #fyp #lol

♬ Dating in your…… – Jamie Buckley pt and actor

This trend and song were then used to showcase other life struggles, not just around dating. For instance, Allison Rochell shows the struggles of being married to an NFL player:

And @myteacherface showcases how society is trying to pressure women who don’t want to have children into having children:

Videos Living in Your Head Rent-Free

At the end of 2020, popular TikToker Jess Marciante posted a viral challenge asking the question “What’s a video that lives in your head rent-free?”. The responses that followed were hilarious, like this video of a fan finding out she’s going to meet her favorite celebrity on Ellen:

@tally_nawrocki

#stitch with @jessssthemess What would be going on in my head if I ever met my celebrity crushes.. 😂 #funny #rentfree #ellen #comedy

♬ original sound – Tally

Or this epic soccer sketch created by Studio C: 

And sometimes it’s beautiful emotional songs that get stuck in our head rent-free, like this rendition of “Creep” by Radiohead that contestant Vincint Cannady sang in the first season of the singing competition “The Four”:

Tell Me Without Telling Me

In this trend, TikTok users challenge other creators to “tell” something without actually saying the words, but rather demonstrating it. For example, if you say “tell me you’re stupid without actually telling me you’re stupid”, you would have to show an example or share a story of you doing something stupid without actually saying you’re stupid. 

This is definitely one of the most popular trends on TikTok, and since it’s not tied to a particular topic, it seems to be here to stay for a long time. 

@paytonnlaynee

He told me he was gonna run down to the beach and a few seconds later I see him creating this…. #fyp #tellmewithouttellingme #relationship

♬ Stop trauma dumping on this lol – Diana🦕

Good Soup

This whole trend revolves around a sound from the TV show “Girls”, where Adam Driver takes a spoonful of what apparently is a very good soup:

TikTok users adopted the sound and used it in very creative ways:

He, He, He

Many TikTokers are using this popular sound created by @tdenning to create funny videos that show people expecting something and not getting it, or recreating funny incidents:

@joeycantdrive

I accidentally did it to my driving instructor I can’t even cope with how awkward it was #foryou #drivinglessons #MaybellineSwipeIt

♬ original sound – tdenning

Mama Said That It Was OK

TikTokers love this trend to the popular tune “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham because it encourages people to keep an open mind, mind their own business and stop judging others for not fitting into “normal” society standards and expectations. If mama said that it was OK, it’s okay, that’s the general gist of it. And I wholeheartedly agree and love this trend as well.

And of course, Lukas Graham posted a video himself to showcase the trend:

@lukasgraham

Long hair don’t care. Mama Said that it was ok. #fypシ #trend #mamasaid #newmusic

♬ Mama Said – Lukas Graham

As well as Taylor Swift:

@taylorswift

Learned from the best 💁‍♀️ #mamasaid #swifttok @shaniatwain 📷: Getty Images by Jeff Kravitz and Denise Truscello

♬ Mama Said – Lukas Graham

And other popular TikTokers:

@abbieherbert_

Where are my tall confident queens at?!?!? Share this to normalize height difference #height #tall #short #couple #husband #trend #fyp #4u #viral

♬ Mama Said – Lukas Graham

Sheeeshhh

This is one of the weirdest sounds on TikTok, but it’s also very funny. TikTok users love to use it especially to brag or lift other people up. For example, there are quite a few TikToks of people in their 30’s or 40’s showing off their pantry or something like that to their friends:

@jessekettletv

Is this not the most true thing tho? | Live tonight, link in bio | #streamer #setup #pcsetup #pcgamer #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #gamingsetup #rgb

♬ Sheeeshhh – King Julio
@bradeazy

gen z weddings boutta be lit

♬ Sheeeshhh – King Julio

Thrift Flip

Another trend that blew up on TikTok is the thrift flip trend, where creators show their second-hand clothes and the new pieces they manage to create from them. TikTok users love this trend because, first of all, it’s so cool to see how talented people are and what beautiful clothing pieces they manage to create from old and even ugly clothes, and second of all, it encourages thrifting, which is a much more sustainable option to buying new clothes. Or maybe that’s the reason I love it. Every new thing produced, including clothing, consumes a lot of new resources, and at the rate we’re consuming clothes right now, fashion is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, so it’s lovely to see second-hand shopping encouraged on TikTok.

@ssiiena

Reply to @ssiiena @tracy.oj all my thrift flips are on IG! Link in bio 🙂 #DontQuitYourDaydream #letsgothrifting #thriftwithme #thriftflip

♬ Need To Know (pitched down dance) – xxtristanxo
@tia.hrubala

Someone have a disco party so I have somewhere to wear it. #thriftflip #studio54 #LifeIsGood #TikTokArtists

♬ We do not care – JQ

Learn on TikTok

TikTok is not just for fun, it is a vast resource of learning as well. TikTok users can learn about almost everything under the sun, from towel folding tricks to how to take care of your skin and hair, and many things in between. Of course, some things are best taken with a grain of salt and you should double-check any health advice before proceeding with the tips shown in the videos.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these popular TikTok trends I’ve selected for this article. Don’t forget to share the fun with all of your friends! 🙂 

Camelia is a content writer, proofreader, and translator. She has been writing website content and blog posts for over 10 years and she is a perfectionist. She is very passionate about living a sustainable life and dreams about changing the world one small step at a time.