80’s throwbacks, 2000’s R&B, and new tracks from the biggest pop artists have gone viral on TikTok this year.Graphic: Allison Corr
Ah TikTok, whether you love it or hate it, its effect on the music industry cannot be understated. TikTok’s ability to make a song blow up, firmly nestling it into our limbic systems for better or for worse, is one of the foundational parts of the app — and whether or not music labels buying in to that phenomenon is good or bad is a topic for another article. But the virality of a song cannot be understated and on TikTok, it feels like anything is fair game.
We’re only six months into 2022, so its still too early for a yearly round up, but there’s just been so many songs seeing a rise in popularity that it doesn’t feel fair to wait until December. This year so far, we’ve seen damn near everything pop off: From major artists like new tracks from powerhouses Harry Styles and Lizzo to sultry throwbacks from Nelly Furtado and Kate Bush being the center of newfound popularity. Here is a roundup of some of the best songs that have gone viral on TikTok so far in 2022.