TikTok has had an enormous impact on the music that people are listening to. It has allowed new artists to blow up, a well as bringing hits from decades ago back into the charts. This shift has had its pros and cons, with some concerned about songs being reduced to short snippets, as well as artists being pushed to promote their music on the app regardless if they actually want to. Nonetheless, it has been a way for industry outsiders to find a platform, and it offers users the opportunity to find music they might not otherwise listen to. So, here are some of the most popular TikTok songs of 2023 so far.
Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2 By PinkPantheress & Ice Spice
If this song has been playing on repeat in your head since it came out, I wouldn’t blame you. Boy’s A Liar Pt. 2 is easily the most popular TikTok song of 2023 so far, with over 500,000 videos posted under the sound. It’s catchy, upbeat, and spreads a message of resilience and self love. It’s exactly the kind of song to dance away the pain after a breakup. What’s not to like?
Cupid By FIFTY FIFTY
Cupid is another of the songs that has gained quite a bit of traction this year. It’s full of sugar, spice and everything nice. This fun K-pop tune goes to show that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to make a good pop song. It’s simple, sweet, and decidedly a vibe: it’s the perfect thing to blast in your bedroom or at a coffee shop.
Flowers By Miley Cyrus
Another breakup anthem that has taken TikTok by storm is Flowers by Miley Cyrus. The lyrics say it all: “I can buy myself flowers / Write my name in the sand/ I can take myself dancing / And I can hold my own hand / Yeah, I can love me better than you can.” It’s about finding the power of self-love after a breakup, which is an uplifting message many can relate to.
labour By Paris Paloma
This song is the type that will give you chills. Embodying feminine rage, labour brings to light the continuing inequalities between men and women, and all of the exhausting labour — both physical and emotional — women are expected to do for the men in their lives. If you haven’t heard it already, it’s definitely worth listening to.