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The Influence Of TikTok In Skyrocketing Songs To The Top Of The Charts

As someone who unfortunately spends way too much time on TikTok, I have come across a plethora of new and old songs through the video-sharing app that was not previously on my radar. Upon checking the Spotify USA Top 50 chart, it seems that I am not alone in my newfound enjoyment of certain songs through discovering them on TikTok. With over 180 million users worldwide, Spotify is the largest music streaming platform, and currently, 5 of the top 10 most popular Spotify songs either became popular through TikTok or gained massive notoriety with the help of the app. 

“Bad Habit” by R&B artist Steve Lacy was released in late June before blowing up on TikTok immediately after, with some users speeding up the track and creating a viral sensation with over 500,000 total videos using the sound. While Steve Lacy deserves major credit in the first place for producing an incredible song, at least some of the song’s popularity must be credited to TikTok, considering that the single now has over 134 million Spotify streams and is the #1 Top USA Hit and #10 Top Global Hit.

The iconic rapper Nicki Minaj’s new single “Super Freaky Girl” sits at #2 on the US charts after gaining popularity as a TikTok sound throughout July before the song was even officially released for streaming in August. Although Minaj has had a plethora of smash hits over the years, amassing over 20 billion total Spotify streams, she just now hit a historic milestone as a musician, placing first on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the first time as a solo artist in her career.

“As It Was” by Harry Styles, “Glimpse of Us” by Joji, and “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush all skyrocketed to the top of the charts thanks to TikTok and remained in the top 10 most played tracks nationwide as we approach the end of summer. Unlike Lacy and Minaj’s songs, these three hits have been out for months, with Kate Bush’s song standing as the TikTok outlier; the 80s track regained public adoration after it was used in “Stranger Things” Season 3, then quickly circulated on TikTok. While some songs have been deemed as “TikTok songs” entirely, I would argue that “Bad Habit” by Steve Lacy is the only one of these trending five that would fit into that category of primarily being associated with the app above all else. However, whether you like it or not, the extreme popularity of TikTok has fundamentally changed the course of how music is consumed and gains traction on streaming services worldwide.


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