TikTok’s industry influence grows: “430 songs surpassed 1 billion video views as sounds in 2021”

The most popular of these songs is said to exceed 20 billion views on videos they soundtrack.


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TikTok has revealed that about 430 songs on its platform have exceeded a billion video views as sounds this year, with some of the most popular ones reaching, and even surpassing 20 billion views on the app.

The platform released its 2021 Music Report on Monday (13 December), revealing this year’s top trending songs and most popular music moments on the app. TikTok noted that view counts have grown by 300 per cent from 2020 and that over 175 trending songs on TikTok charted on the Billboard Hot 100, about twice as many from 2020.

For the second year in a row, Megan Thee Stallion reigned supreme over TikTok’s annual recap, topping the list of artists with the highest catalogue use. Cognac Queen, Thot Sh*t and Cry Baby carried the Houston-born rapper to the top this year. Following Megan on the leaderboard are Doja Cat and Popp Hunna, respectively.

Meanwhile, Astronaut in the Ocean by Masked Wolf took the first place in TikTok’s top songs for 2021. Beggin by Måneskin and Adderall (Corvette Corvette) by Popp Hunna came in second and third spots as the platform’s most popular songs.

“TikTok opens the door to new artists, new sounds, underground and DIY scenes as well as the classic hits, connecting them with a global audience and passionate music community like never before,” Ole Obermann, Global Head of Music at TikTok shared in a statement.

“2021 has been a huge year for music and for TikTok and we’ve been humbled how the industry and so many artists have partnered with us to make this magic happen across so many different countries.”


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