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TikTok Reveals 2021-of-a-kind Year in Review

TikTok is celebrating the global community that entertained and sparked joy with their creativity this year

In the year that TikTok joined the list of the few apps that broke 3 billion downloads globally, the company is now celebrating all of the trends that went viral during 2021 on its app.

From recipes to new music trends and genres, across the US, creators inspired others to open a new book, treat themselves to a “Bones Day,” and more, as written in a blog post.

“There’s something really special about TikTok’s diverse global community that people just can’t find anywhere else. For us, 2021 was a year for connection and we’ve seen people on TikTok laughing together, entertaining us, starting cultural phenomenons, and teaching us new things. It’s been incredible to see the depths of entertainment and creativity from this community, and we’re delighted to celebrate all the ways we’ve come together this year on TikTok,” said Vanessa Pappas, chief operating officer, TikTok.

Here’s a full breakdown of everything that trended on TikTok during 2021:

This year, global trending content spanned across categories including comedy, food and drink, and family videos. Here are the videos that trended on people’s For You page on TikTok:

  1. @totouchanemu – Drone Dancing
  2. @chipmunksoftiktok – Squishy the Chipmunk hiding nuts in his mouth
  3. @_catben_ – Restocking at its finest
  4. @my_aussie_gal – Dog painting
  5. @zachking – Zach King disappearing into his art
  6. @tracy.oj – The original “Woman” dance video
  7. @chaotticgoood – Please don’t go
  8. @felixgabrielmusic – Here comes the boy musical edition
  9. @sunisalee_ – Sunisa Lee celebrating her gold
  10. @zeddywill – Bro who got you smiling like that?

Whether TikTok videos make you smile or laugh in unexpected ways, one thing’s for sure: our community sparks joy. This year, animals, significant others, and adorable kids are some of the popular content categories that delighted our global community. Take in the good vibes from the videos that brought us all the happiness this year.

  1. @saveafox.rescue – A joyful fox
  2. @sarahforwarkholden – Baby laughs for the first time
  3. @valentinebrothers – Family hide and seek
  4. @jongraz – Is it a bones or no bones day?
  5. @Pudgywoke – Pudgy thanks the audience
  6. @missgunn2u – Child shark is hungry
  7. @camifrobabe – Saying goodbye to grandpa
  8. @andreas.choice – The cats want to come into the room
  9. @haylinic – Wife scratches off telling her husband she’s pregnant of her to-do list
  10. @deannagiulietti – Creator commits to the dress

From homemade beats to classics making a comeback, the songs on the For You feed made people hit listen on repeat. In 2021, trending songs on TikTok broke out from both A-list and emerging artists, spanning a range of genres as diverse as our community itself. Here are they:

  1. “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” – Popp Hunna
  2. “Batman ” – LPB Poody
  3. “Bundles (feat. Taylor Girlz)” – Kayla Nicole
  4. “Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)” – Doja Cat
  5. “TWINNEM” – Coi Leray
  6. “Up” – Cardi B
  7. “Buss It” – Erica Banks
  8. “Astronaut In The Ocean” – Masked Wolf
  9. “Punk Monk” – Playboi Carti
  10. “drivers license” – Olivia Rodrigo

To check all the trends during 2021 on TikTok, make sure to click here.

Justin Heintz

Digital Media Director and jack of all trades at 88.7 The Pulse.