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Songs That Recently Exploded on TikTok

TikTok is helping indie singer-songwriters put out music that I can’t help but add to my playlist. Here are some of my favorites right now.
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I spend the nights I can’t sleep scrolling on TikTok, just watching videos and discovering new songs and artists. And with quite a few new songs coming out in the last six months, I thought it would be nice to spotlight some of my favorite songs that I’ve seen all over TikTok recently. Some are heartbreaking, some upbeat, and some that seem like they were just made for you. I’ll stop my rambling, and here are the 15 songs that blew up on TikTok that you need to listen to right now.

“the lifeboat’s empty!” by Chelsea Cutler



♬ the lifeboats empty – Chelsea Cutler

Chelsea Cutler keeps making me cry, but I’m still listening to her music. This is one of the more recent songs on the list, having been released on January 28, but it’s already making its round in sad videos on my “for you” page. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve cried watching a few recently.

If you’ve ever gone through a rough breakup or were stuck in a toxic relationship, this song is for you. Its light beat mixed with heavy lyrics makes it one that will take you by surprise. And if you still want more heartbreaking songs, check out her album “When I Close My Eyes”.

“Always Been You” by Jessie Murph

When I first heard this song, I could tell if it was a happy or sad song. But after watching Jessie’s video, I think it’s sad. This is ironic because if you just listen to the beat and not the lyrics, it sounds like a love song you’d want to dance to with someone.

When I see people using the songs in their videos, I don’t think they’ve actually listened to the song. I’ve been seeing a lot of wedding videos, prom photos, and happy relationships. But nobody really posts about breaking up, except the actual singer.

“When I Ride” by Ashley Mehta

This is probably one of my newest favorites; I didn’t find it until a friend sent it to me around New Year’s. Ashley was playing with beats, lyrics, and melodies when this song was created. And then she released the whole piece in October last year.

The music video she made for “When I Ride” is just as fun as the song clip that’s going around TikTok right now. She’s even been using the song to manifest it being used in a big commercial one day. Trust me – you won’t be able to get this song out of your head.

“Own Brand Freestyle” by FelixThe1st & Dreya Mac


😭 we performed this song during my set in Belgium last night and YOU GUYS WERE SINGING UR HEARTS OUT 😩❤️ so happy man, THANK U @felixthe1st_ dc: ME

♬ Own Brand Freestyle – FelixThe1st & Dreya Mac

I have seen this dance for what feels like years, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I had some trouble learning it, but I’m happy watching everyone dance their hearts out. And bonus: Dreya is the person who came up with the dance that went viral.

I’m not the biggest hip-hop or rap fan, but this song is so fun, I can’t help but love it. I’ve probably seen thousands of videos using the song, and I’m pretty sure I could recite the lyrics in that one song clipping. But be warned: once you hear it, you’ll be singing it to yourself while getting ready for the day.

“Don’t Tell Me” by Connor Price and John Roa


When people ask me how I got a feature from @jroamusicofficial 🎙🔥 Our song ‘Don’t Tell Me’ is streaming wherever u listen to music #jroa #fyp

♬ Don’t Tell Me – Connor Price

The story behind this song was a little confusing at first, but I figured it out after a bit of research. Connor had written most of this song, and his video went viral. When John Roa saw it, he reached out, and they collaborated on the missing verse Connor couldn’t figure out.

What resulted is this song that I can’t believe it took me so long to find. Roa’s lyrics are incredibly relatable because he talks about not wanting to hear someone say they love him unless they mean it. I mean, who else agrees that’s more heartbreaking than not hearing it back?

“Head on Fire” by Griff & Sigrid


Head on Fire is finally here friends 🙂🔥 @thisissigrid and i are currently running around rehearsals very excited about this. Link in bio xx ❤️‍🔥❤️‍🔥

♬ Head on Fire – Griff & Sigrid

I only found this song because I love Sigrid. So when this song was suggested to me on YouTube, I instantly recognized it from some TikTok videos I had seen the day before. The song’s upbeat tone just makes me want to dance like they were in the music video.

“Head on Fire” is about how you feel when you can’t stop thinking about someone and just want to be around them. It might be the honeymoon phase, or it could be making you crazy every day. But regardless, you’ll be transported back to the first time you felt that feeling.

“WYD Now?” by Sadie Jean


120 ON THE ITUNES CHARTS THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE HELP 😭😭😭😭😭 #wydnow #sadiejean @graceenger @davidalexandersongs

♬ WYD Now by Sadie Jean – Sadie Jean

Talk about making me cry so much. The first time I heard this song in a TikTok video, I immediately went to download it to my phone. And I’ll be honest, it makes me cry every time I listen. If Taylor Swift hadn’t released the 10-minute version of “All Too Well”, this would be the heartbreak anthem of the winter.

The lyrics, “I don’t wanna be 20-something and still in my head about 17,” just feel so relatable right now. The song is about not wanting to regret what happened in a relationship one day. To you, it might make you want to take that jump or reconnect with someone you no longer talk to.

“Don’t Text Me When You’re Drunk” by Stacey Ryan

Stacey posted a video with an open verse challenge to other artists. That’s how I came across “Don’t Text Me When You’re Drunk.” Some are funny and match her vibes, while others harmonize with her. Regardless of which you see, they’re all fantastic.

Stacey’s song is perfect for sending to someone who won’t stop drunk texting you or won’t get the hint that you’re not interested. And that might be petty and a little toxic, but the song is so good, I doubt they’d mind too much. At least, I hope they won’t.

“So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” by Caroline Polachek

This is one of my favorite dance trends going around TikTok right now. It’s such a fun song and dance that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of. Honestly, it’s ’80s dancing mixed with 2000s beats. What more could you ask for in a viral song?

This song will make you feel like you’re listening to Haim or Lorde. And that’s a plus in my book. When you finally listen to the song, take some time to learn the dance moves. They’re easy to learn, and you can bust them out during a night out with friends.

See related: Nine TikTok Artists on the Verge of Becoming the Next Big Thing in Music

“GHOST TOWN” by Benson Boone



♬ GHOST TOWN – Benson Boone

I came across “GHOST TOWN” with this exact video. He was so fun to watch that I had to listen to the whole song. And I’m so glad I did because the next day, every other video was made with this song. And now I can’t get the song out of my head.

You’re going to love every second of “GHOST TOWN”, especially the beat drop. It’s like the male version of Adele’s breakup anthems. Benson wrote the song about watching his friend’s toxic relationship. It’s incredibly relatable, and you’re going to play it for everyone you know.

“Numb Little Bug” by Em Beihold

If you ever struggle with hard times, this song is for you. When she first came on my “for you” page, I was in a rut, and “Numb Little Bug” got me out of it. And that was only a clip of the song that I heard. Now that the full song is out, I feel like I can do anything.

“Numb Little Bug” is about feeling alone and small in the world that keeps pushing you down. The lyrics might be a bit heavy, but the beat is so upbeat you won’t realize while you’re listening. And if you want a real treat while listening, watch the lyric video with little illustrated bugs.

“I AM WOMAN” by Emmy Meli


“I AM WOMAN” I write the best sh!t when I ain’t trying hahaha #fyp #singer #iamwoman #original #myfinALLYmoment

♬ I AM WOMAN – ❦ emmy meli ❦

Talk about a self-confidence anthem that’s been making its rounds recently. “I AM WOMAN” has been all over the “for you” page, and it’s not slowing down. It sounds like the ’80s and the mid-2010s had a baby that was all about loving yourself.

The videos that I see with this song are all women releasing photos of themselves when they felt their best and worst. It’s all about being true to you when you’re in your lowest lows and the highest highs. Overall, it’s a really empowering trend that everyone can get behind.

“see you later (ten years)” by Jenna Raine


Reply to @graciburns15 wrote this song bc of this comment! lmk what yall think 🙂 #songwriter #singer #singing #sad #crush #relationship #relatable

♬ see you later – jenna raine

This song first came to my attention when she challenged herself to write 100 songs in a year. This was her 45th, and the first time she’d come on my “for you” page. The prompt was about meeting the right person at the wrong time. I’ve had it saved in my favorites since the day I saw it.

It came to me after a rough breakup, and I think it found me for a reason. Call me sappy – I don’t care. But after two and a half months, she released a full-length version of the song, and it became a trend to use it in videos of you with people you had grown away from. Jenna even jumped on the trend eventually.

“Miserable Man” by David Kushner

I have seen this song all over TikTok so much, and I have to share it with you. The song feels both hopeful and heart-wrenching. And if you’ve been on TikTok for the last year or so, you’ll probably recognize the singer’s voice. He also put out “Mr. Forgettable” only on TikTok in 2021.

David had been drumming up excitement for the release for at least a month before the release date, and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Most of the videos I see of people using this song show the person that makes them feel safe and at home. It’s so cute to watch.

“play pretend” by Margø

Around the end of 2021, many girls were announcing that 2022 would be the year they enter their “Villain Era.” And to be honest, I’m living for it; I love seeing these girls own their confidence, and I even created my own playlist for the year with a few songs they suggested.

When I was scrolling, I saw not one, not two, but three of Margø’s videos in one sitting. It was a sign, and I am so glad it’s finally out now so I can add it to my playlist. In the month leading up to its release, Margø released snippets of the song and said it needed to be on “villain” playlists ASAP.

In addition to “play pretend”, Margø has plenty of other songs that will make you feel confident and want to jump around. Seriously, she almost never misses with her songs. If you love “play pretend”, check out “lovelost” and “fool”. They’re two of my favorites.