TikTok recap of 2020

BY KAYLA ROSS

TikTok became the trendsetter for music and dances this year. The app is growing very quickly, and now has approximately 850 million users. Here is a recap of all the favorite trends from each month of 2020.

January 

The song “Sugar” by BROCKHAMPTON was very popular in early 2020, giving TikTok a sweet start before the year turned sour. Charli D’amelio created a very popular dance to this song and danced to it several times, alongside many other Hype House Creators. Since the song’s release, it has been used 2.9 million times. 

 Charli D’amelio created the dance to the song “Sugar” by BROCKHAMPTON. This song was very popular in January 2020. Video by @charlidamelio

February 

“Say So” by Doja Cat took over the radio and the for you page in February of 2020. This bright, poppy song was danced to by millions. The song has been used 17.5 million times on TikTok in 2020.  

@yodelinghaley created the most popular dance that accompanied the song “Say So”, which was trending in February. Video by @yodelinghaley

March 

One specific song dominated everyone’s for you page in March: “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd was used 1.1 million times. The dance videos that used this song brought back the dab, a popular dance move from 2016, in a dance trend that featured quick footwork. 

“Sunday Best” by Surfaces was also a very popular song in March. It was used in 18.9 million videos. This happy song became a distraction for many people in the midst of the challenges the pandemic presented. 

Charli D’amelio and James Charles dance to “Sunday Best” during a YouTube video collaboration in March.
Video by @jamescharles

April 

“Tootsie Slide” by Drake was a dance challenge that featured one of Michael Jackson’s original moves: the moonwalk. This song was used in 5.9 million videos. 

“City of Angels” by 24kGoldn was remixed by LLusion and used over 1.2 million times. This popular song is about the attractiveness of the city of Los Angeles

@justmaiko demonstrates how to do the moonwalk/“Tootsie Slide” as the trend was taking off in April.
Video by @justmaiko

May 

“Party Girl” by StaySoldRocky was featured in 2 million videos, but the video Charli D’amelio created while dancing to this song got 12.4 million likes.  

“Cars That Go Boom” by L’Trimm was danced to 2.6 million times. This vintage hip-hop song, originally released in 1988, made a big comeback this year. 

@alexawollney created a 1980s inspired dance in May.
Video by @alexawollney

June 

“Watermelon Sugar” by Harry Styles was used in 1.3 million videos, not including remixes or covers. This song was the summer 2020 anthem and was used in videos all over the for you page for dancing, food trends, fashion trends, and much more. 

JAMES AND JACK WRIGHT DANCE TO A REMIX OF “WATERMELON SUGAR” BY HARRY STYLES. VIDEO BY @JAMESWRIGHTT

July

“Be Happy” by Dixie D’amelio was released on July 1st and was used in 3.7 Million videos. Although the song got a lot of hate for its simplistic lyrics, it was a very popular song this summer and even got remixed by blackbear. 

THIS IS A TRAILER FROM DIXIE D’AMELIO’S MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BE HAPPY”, WHICH WAS RELEASED ON JULY 1ST. VIDEO BY @DAMELIOFAMILYOFFICIAL

August

“Tap In” by Saweetie was a very popular song on the radio and on TikTok, generating many remixes and dances. One remix in particular was created with the voice of Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb, and this sound got used in 1.3 million videos. 

@cristiandennis dances to this popular “Tap In” remix, featuring funny dance moves to the voice of the character Dr. Doofenschmirtz.
Video by @cristiandennis

September

The ghost challenge was a very popular challenge during September. In this challenge, people put sheets over their heads and took creative pictures as ghosts. The song used for most of these pictures was “Oh Klahoma” by Jack Stauber, and the song was used about 500,000 times. 

Karlee Adams, Chessa Homan, and Zoe Looper took pictures as ghosts to participate in the ghost challenge during September. Video by @karlee.adams

October

“Whole Lotta Choppas” by Sada Baby is a fast paced dance that was all over the for you page in October. This dance was used by many creators to spread body positivity and was used in 6.7 million videos. 

Julia Blake, Kade Miros, Alex Miller and I danced to “Whole Lotta Choppas” by Sada Baby.
Video by @kaylaross04

November 

A “Here Comes Santa Claus” and  “Winter Wonderland” mashup featuring a fun dance was all over the for you page to spread holiday cheer. This mashup by Anna Kendrick and Snoop Dogg was used 3.5 million times. 

 Mazie Shaffer and Kylie Tenney dance to the remix of “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Winter Wonderland” during academic lab. Video by @mazieshaffer

December 

The song “Body” by Meghan Thee Stallion has been danced to by over one million creators. This very fast paced song is all about body positivity and celebrating the body you’re in. 

CHARLI D’AMELIO POSTED A VIDEO ENCOURAGING SELF-LOVE IN DECEMBER. VIDEO BY @CHARLIDAMELIO

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s