TikTok Hits: The Zombies, SZA, and more top trends this week
With its huge popularity, there’s no denying that TikTok has become an integral part of the music scene. Encompassing every genre and artist, it’s never been easier to find the perfect soundtrack for whatever you’re posting. It’s also a great place to find a range of music, thanks to TikTok’s trending sounds! Whether that’s a new favourite for your daily commute or a throwback to remind you of your school days, TikTok always has a trending sound to suit your needs. Read on to find out what TikTok users have been loving lately!
Be sure to tune in to TikTok Radio (Ch. 4) to discover more of TikTok’s trending sounds.
“Drew Barrymore” — SZA
Released in 2017, SZA’s R&B hit is, of course, named after the iconic actress. With lyrics like “I’m so ashamed of myself” and “I’m sorry I’m not more attractive,” the song tells a narrative of vulnerability and low self-esteem. These are attributes are synonymous with Barrymore’s roles in the ’80s and ’90s, including those in Never Been Kissed and Poison Ivy. It definitely goes a long way to explaining the inspiration behind the track’s name. Users are focusing on the lyric, “I get so lonely, I forget what I’m worth,” and joking about how relatable it is for past friendships and relationships. SZA is no stranger to popularity on TikTok either, as she topped the trends in December 2022 too!
For more from the hottest names in R&B, check out The Heat (Ch. 46).
“Holi” — Ramesh Raj Bhattarai
Usually celebrated in March, Holi is one of the biggest events in the Hindu calendar. Also known as the Festival of Colors, Holi is celebrated with music, dancing, and throwing coloured dye. Given the vibrancy and joy associated with the festival, it’s unsurprising that users are taking to TikTok to share clips from their celebrations. This 2019 song by Nepali singer Ramesh Raj Bhattarai, then, is the perfect track to accompany these videos!
If you’re a fan of South Asian music, including the best of Bollywood, tune in to ATN (Ch. 796).
“Be My Baby” — The Ronettes
Often ranked as one of the greatest songs of the ’60s, it’s unsurprising that this 1963 hit remains popular to this day. Its classic doo-wop sound has inspired many artists since its release, especially Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. The song continues to inspire today in the world of TikTok. “Be My Baby” is especially popular with users sharing nail art but is also commonly used in videos across the wider genre of beauty TikToks. Whatever kind of self-care you prefer, we all love a song that makes us feel good!
For more hits from this iconic decade, head to 60s Gold (Ch. 73) and treat yourself to everything from Motown to folk rock.
“Cha Cha Slide” – DJ Casper
Ready to get funky? Good, because it’s impossible not to dance along to this 2000 hit! Whether you first heard it at a school dance, in a club, or on the radio, DJ Casper took the US by storm with this bop. Fun fact: this song was originally intended as a step aerobics routine for DJ Casper’s nephew, who was a personal trainer at a fitness club! TikTok users are particularly focused on the lyric “how low can you go,” pairing it with humorous videos joking about everything from their expectations to their attention span.
Tune in to Pop2K (Ch. 10) for more pop party classics from the 2000s!
“Time of the Season” — The Zombies
Released in 1968, The Zombies’ psychedelic hit quickly became one of their most popular songs, as well as a genre mainstay. Usage of the sound has hit almost every corner of TikTok, making it one of the most varied and diverse songs on this list! As well as appearing in videos marking seasonal changes, the sound has been featured in TikToks about farming, cars, cooking, and beauty. One TikToker has even made it the soundtrack for her 47-part series entitled “Celebrities you probably didn’t know were hot.” Talk about versatility!
If you’re in the mood for more rock from the ’60s and ’70s, check out Classic Vinyl (Ch. 26).