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The most viral TikTok songs of 2024, from Djo's “End of Beginning” to Tinashe's “Nasty”

TikTok, an app known for catapulting unknown artists onto the Billboard charts, has had a turbulent start to 2024.

In late January, Universal Music Group (UMG) pulled its catalog – including well-known artists such as Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish and Drake – from the platform after negotiations between the music giant and TikTok failed. In February, UMG removed even more music from the platform, this time removing all songs controlled by Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), including any song written or co-written by a UMG artist. TikTok estimated that UMG owned 20 to 30 percent of the music on the platform.

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In April, before the release of Swift’s latest album, The department for tortured poets, The singer's music returned to TikTok. In early May, TikTok and UMG agreed to bring the singer's catalog back to the app.

During its nearly four-month dry spell, Djo's “End of Beginning” skyrocketed in popularity and was the soundtrack to nearly every video on our FYPs. But in the last two months, TikTok has reclaimed its title as a hub for music discovery.

Here are some of the best and most viral songs on the platform in 2024.

“BIRDS OF A FEATHER” by Billie Eilish

Eilish's music returned to TikTok just in time to capitalize on the success of her latest album. HIT ME HARD AND GENTLE. While “LUNCH” is the album’s single, “BIRDS OF A FEATHER” is the absolute hit on social media. Eilish’s plea to stick together became the go-to song for TikTok videos about friendship and romance, garnering over 254,000 videos less than a month after its release.

“End of Beginning” by Djo

The hit of the year actually came out in 2022, but the song's popularity on TikTok rose from just 18,000 videos in February to 2.2 million videos in March. The cinematic dream pop song is perfect for posting wistfully about a city you've since moved away from, fan edits of The bearand it has the added benefit of being written by someone the platform already loves, Joe Keery – the actor who plays fan favorite Steve Harrington in Stranger Things.

“Espresso” by Sabrina Carpenter

Carpenter rose to prominence after performing as Olivia Rodrigo's “blonde girl” and Swift's opening act for the Latin American leg of the Eras Tour, and captivated the internet with four little words: “That's me, espresso.”

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Their sun-drenched hit is not only incredibly catchy, but also endlessly quotable. “That's that me espresso” and “workin' late cuz I'm a singerrrr” inspired countless memes. Between the original and the “Double Shot Version,” the soundtrack can be found on the app for over 117,000 videos. If TikTok and Twitter are any indication, “Espresso” is well on its way to becoming the song of the summer.

“Nasty” by Tinashe

“Is there anyone who can match my charisma?” means to Tinashe what “That’s me, Espresso” means to Carpenter.

Released in April, “Nasty” went viral on TikTok thanks to the dance moves of a crazy white boy. A Genius X user reposted a short clip of dancer Nate – who posts under the handle @nates.vibes – impressively gyrating his hips, biting his finger, and sticking out his tongue. His moves are at odds with his nerdy appearance, making it instant meme material.

In the original video In February 2023, he dances to “Bind” by Hey Choppi, but in the viral version, the audio is replaced with “Nasty.” The video has been viewed more than 10 million times on X and sparked nearly 500,000 TikToks, including Tinashe herself mimicking Nate's moves.

“Not Like Us” by Kendrick Lamar

From March to May, Kendrick Lamar and Drake engaged in a bitter rap battle, instigated by “Like That” by Future, Metro Boomin and Lamar.

Over the course of 10 songs, Lamar and Drake hurled diss after diss at each other, flooding the internet with analysis and speculation. But it was back-to-back hits “Meet the Grahams” and “Not Like Us” that seemingly declared Lamar the winner. With accusatory, highly charged bars like “Certified lover boy, certified pedophile” and “Tryna strike a chord, and it's probability A-minor,” “Not Like Us” has spawned 684,000 TikToks and counting.

“TEXAS HOLD 'EM” by Beyoncé

Beyoncé inspired an old-fashioned TikTok dance with “TEXAS HOLD 'EM.” Choreographed by users Dexter Mayfield (@dexrated) and Matt McCall (@matt8mccall), the original dance video garnered a whopping 43.5 million views and 4.2 million likes. The song has since been used in over a million videos.

“The Von Dutch Remix featuring Addison Rae and AG Cook” by Charli xcx

Back to brat turned the internet lime green and everyone was so Julia, TikTokker Addison Rae remixed Charli xcx's single “Von Dutch.” There's really nothing more to say other than everyone loved it. The video of Rae's screaming ad-libs has garnered 30.7 million views and 3.6 million likes. TikTok took off because AG did it!

“Too Sweet” by Hozier

In an unlikely turn of events, Hozier's song “Too Sweet” spawned a dank photo-based TikTok trend. His sultry vocals inspired users to post before-and-after photos of themselves or their favorite celebrity, along with the caption: “I prefer my whiskey neat.”