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Top 13 old songs that resurfaced and got viral on TikTok

TikTok is a fun video sharing app, and since the time it debuted, the app has collected billions of users. As of now, TikTok is the most downloaded app of the year, and the hype has been going up day by day.

Although TikTok is very successful, a lot of backlashes surround the application due to its contents that can be very dangerous and inappropriate. A lot of users have done harmful acts just to get viral, which has raised concern about the safety of people and animals.

TikTok is leading the social media market right now. A lot of people have been well established due to this application. Some of the examples of people who got fame from TikTok are Charlie D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Bryce Hall, Khaby Lame, Addison Rae, Riyaz Aly, Bella Poarch, Loren Gray, Brent Rivera, Stokes Twins, Baby Ariel, Arishfa Khan, Noah Beck, Chase Hudson, etc.

These people have been so influential over the years that a lot of kids and teenagers have started to follow in their footsteps to come into the limelight.

Not only people, but the trends really set success for some of the songs. Nowadays a lot of artists produce songs so that they can get viral on TikTok, which will eventually give their songs more streams and views.

The TikTok users create a small dance step or a skit, that uses those songs in the background, and like this millions of people do the same, giving the song all the attention.

Some of the songs that quickly started to get viral on TikTok are “Say So” by Doja Cat, “WAP” by Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion, “Lazy Baby” by Dove Cameron, “Levitating” by Dua Lipa, “Savage Love” by Jason Derulo, “The Box” by Roddy Ricch, “Tootsie Slide” by Drake, “Relationship” by Young Thug ft. Future, “Stunning” by Curtis Waters, “Boss Bitch” by Doja Cat, etc.

These were the examples of some of the new songs, but besides this, there are a lot of old songs that quickly gained attention on the platform. We don’t know how and who the trend started, but once it got started, the songs quickly started to get viral, giving it a lot of streams on different platforms. 

Let us see thirteen songs that resurfaced and became viral once again.

13. Put Your Head On My Shoulder

“Put Your Head On My Shoulder” is the 1959 song by the Canadian singer Paul Anka. The song was a huge hit during the time and peaked at number 2 in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

As of 2020, the song became popular on TikTok especially because of the silhouette challenge. In the video, the users give a certain pose or do something in the beginning and when the lyrics say “Shoulderrrrrrr”, the users are shown giving some sexy moves with only their black shadow showing, completely in the red filter.

12. Hips Don’t Lie:

One of the best songs by the Colombian singer, Shakira, was a huge hit during the time of its release. It was released back in 2005, and was immensely successful reaching number one in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and other 55 charts.

Now in 2020, the song got attention since some couples started dancing to the song by shaking their hips like Shakira in the music video. There are also videos of people performing Samba dance style to this song. A couple dancing to this song in Basantapur of Nepal quickly got a lot of views, and people started to follow the trend. We can still see a lot of videos of people dancing to this song on TikTok.

11. Spirits:

A beautiful song by the Canadian folk band, The Strumbellas, was released back in 2015. Although the song didn’t get much attention during the time it was released, the song resurfaced on TikTok, and soon got viral in no time. As of June 2021, the song has over 92 Million views on YouTube, and most of the comments say that they came from TikTok.

“Spirits” started to get popular on Tiktok with videos of comparisons. Although the slow version of the song is used, it quickly gained a lot of attention. The videos for the songs compare the old and new situations of certain things.

For example, let us take the cast of Friends. When the lyrics of the song, “I got guns in my head and they won’t go”, the younger version of the actors are shown. In the other line, “Spirits in my head and they won’t go”, the older version of the actors are shown. In the same way, the architecture of old and new cities are also shown like this. We can find a lot of comparison videos on TikTok on this song.

10. Cheerleader:

The song by the Jamaican singer OMI, was released back in 2015, and as of June 2021, the song has over 1.1 Billion views on YouTube. “Cheerleader” became very popular during the time of its release and eventually reached number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song got viral on TikTok after people started posting glow up videos. In the video, people put makeup on to look ugly by spoiling their face with a pen or paint, then when the lyrics of the song, “Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader” is said, they are transformed from ugly to good looking. Like this, they glow up, and there are a lot of these kinds of videos on TikTok which made the song popular.

9. Rasputin:

This classic 1978 song was performed by Boney M. The song tells the story of a Russian man, Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, who is an important figure in the history of Russia. However the song received some backlashes during those days.

Now, the song is very popular on TikTok with thousands of users using the song in their videos. The concept of the video is showing the male beauty. The edits of the most handsome men in the world such as Leonardo DiCaprio, John Abraham, Michelle Morrone, etc, are made in this song. Other male TikTok users also show themself as extremely good looking under the lyrics of the song, “He was big and strong, in his eye a flaming glow…”

8. Iko Iko:

One of the most underrated songs is “Iko Iko” by the Papua New Guinean singer Justin Wellington. Although the song is not very old and was released in 2017, it started getting attention on Tiktok, after a certain dance step for the song was created.

The dance usually features two people, who first point towards each other, and start shaking their hands in Jazz style. The dance continues with them doing the drum rolls and train sequences. It quickly gained popularity because of its fun and simple steps, and we can see a lot of duo dancing to “Iko Iko”. The streams of the song are increasing day by day, and as of June 2021, the song has over 17 Million views on YouTube. “Iko Iko” is also known with other names like “My bestie and your bestie”.

7. Playdate:

This Melanie Martinez song was released back in 2015 and it received critical acclaim during that time. Although the song wasn’t very popular at that time, it started to trend immensely in 2020.

The trend started when a user posted an edited slow-mo version of Timothee Chalamet dancing to this song from his movie Call Me By Your Name. The video got viral quickly and a lot of boys started to copy the same dance that Chalamet did in that scene.

6. Criminal:

“Criminal” is one of the most beautiful songs by the Princess of Pop, Britney Spears. The song was released back in 2009, and was most probably considered problematic and controversial, due to its lyrics and music video. The song was accused of fetisizing a criminal.

Taking the similar concept of the song, “Criminal” became the song for the “Mugshot Challenge” that became viral in 2020. In the video, people apply makeup on themself with fake wounds and injuries, and pose mugshots like criminals. When they are posing for it, the song is played in the background.

These videos received criticism for making people think that mugshots are cool, when in reality it is the case of criminals.

5. Another One Bites The Dust:

The 1989 song by one of the most legendary rock bands, Queen, was a huge success during those days. “Another One Bites The Dust” also received a Grammy nomination and peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

In 2021, the song resurfaced on Tiktok, but this is not the original version. It is the remix version of the song by Gwen Stefani. In the TikTok videos, people are seen making silly faces to the rhythm of the song. After the lyrics that say, “That’s right, I’m the last one standing, another one bites the dust”, the users raise their eyebrows, make their eyes small, and then bite their lower lip with the upper teeth.

Although a lot of people have made videos on this song’s trend it is considered as one of the cringiest challenges ever on Tiktok.

4. Love Story:

The classic song by Taylor Swift that introduced her to a lot of people is her 2008 hit “Love Story”. People still love this song, as it is beautifully sung by Swift and the lyrics are very beautiful. The song is based on the story of Romeo and Juliet, but with a happy ending, not like the tragic one in the original story.

In 2020, the song was remixed by Disco Lines, and it quickly gained attention on Tiktok, and a trend started. In the video, the user bends on their knees, and takes out a ring to propose, and the camera is moved far from the person, and then he/she dances to the rhythm. The lyrics used in this video is, “Is this in my head/ I don’t know what to think/ He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said/ Marry me Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone/ I love you and that’s all I really know…”

These videos on TikTok have the cutest videos as well the most hilarious ones.

3. Stereo Hearts:

“Stereo Hearts” was performed by an American group, Gym Class Heroes, and it featured Adam Levine from Maroon 5. The song was released in 2011 and peaked at number 4 in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

In 2021, the song was remixed with a Hindi song called “Zaalima” by Arijit Singh and Harshdeep Kaur, from the Bollywood movie Raees featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan. The remix version was highly appreciated, and people started to make TikTok videos in this song telling a certain story like a love story or some success story.

The lyrics used in the video is:
“I take your hand and pull it closer to mine
Thought love was dead, but now you’re changing my mind…
Deedar tera milne ke baad hi
Chhoote meri ang daayi
Tu hi bata de kyun zaalima main kehlayi”

2. Talking to the Moon:

The 2010 song “Talking to the Moon” by Bruno Mars received mixed reception during the time of its release. But now, the song has become very popular on Tiktok, especially the part where he says, “Talking to the moon, tryna get to you…”

The song was remixed with Melanie Martinez’s song “Playdate”, and it soon got viral because the music goes too clean with both the songs. The videos for this song don’t have a certain trend and there exist a lot of different types of concepts. Some videos have transformations, while some videos are aesthetically pleasing, and some videos show people doing random things in slow motion.

1. Runaway:

The Norwegian singer, Aurora, has one of the most beautiful singing voices in the world. She is mostly known for her voice of spirit in the hit Disney movie Frozen II. “Runaway” was released back in 2015. It is said that she was only 11 when she wrote that song.

“Runaway” didn’t grab much attention during the time of its release, but in 2021, the song resurfaced on Tiktok and established a new trend. It was the number 1 trend during the time and has got billions of views. In the video people give some random poses and the video is stilled with some aesthetic background. The trend became so popular that Aurora herself did it.

Like this, there are a lot of underrated songs on TikTok that are yet to be discovered. Which one is your favorite song that got resurfaced once again? Do let us know.

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