TikTok has released its “Year on TikTok: Music Report 2021”, highlighting the app’s most popular music in Canada and around the world.
“2021 has truly been a pivotal year for Canadian artists and music on TikTok, and has provided so many incredible musical moments to celebrate,” said Adam Burchill, Chief Music Officer of TikTok Canada, in a statement posted to iPhone in Canada.
“We’ve watched Justin Bieber serenade us LIVE on Valentine’s Day, welcome icons like Avril Lavigne and The Tragically Hip to the platform, help catapult up-and-coming artists like JESSIA and Lilyisthatyou into the mainstream, and help relaunch MuchMusic, one of Canada’s most influential pop culture brands. From discovering new artists to rediscovering old favorites, our global community of one billion people and the music industry as a whole took note of the wealth and diversity of talent that Canada has to offer – there is no denying that music begins and lives on TikTok.”
TikTok first began its report on some of Canada’s App of the Year Emerging Artists, with bbno$ and RealestK taking the top spots.
“Following in the footsteps of artists like The Kid LAROI, Tai Verdes and Tate McRae – who made TikTok’s Emerging Artists list in 2020 and had peak years in 2021 – Canadians bbno$ and RealestK have used TikTok to improve their profile in a major way this year and are only two out of twenty,” says TikTok.
ElyOtto was crowned the most popular musician in Canada by video creations for the hyper pop anthem “SugarCrash!”. The song also ranked No. 4 in the world’s top tracks on TikTok and cracked the list of the top 10 American pop tracks.
Globally, Megan Thee Stallion reigned supreme on TikTok’s year-end music report for the second year in a row, topping their list of most-used artists by catalog.
Along with showcasing the top artists in music today, TikTok also proved this year it has the power to bring the oldies back in style. Thanks to mash-ups and remixes, TikTok has brought back songs like Boney M’s “Rasputin,” George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” and Bill Bev Devoe’s “Poison.”
TikTok has also created a category for songs that aren’t new, but aren’t quite classic, calling those songs “comeback tracks.”
The majority of these songs hail from the early to mid-2000s, with artists ranging from Destiny’s Child to Reba McEntire. As TikTok’s music report points out, these tracks were often used on the app as a nostalgia show, whether celebrating a graduation or paying tribute to a deceased loved one.
When it comes to TikTok’s top “global” songs of 2021, the result is a mix of new and established artists. As has been proven over the past two years, TikTok is more than capable of fostering the next big music stars, and several of their songs have made it into the top 20 for the year. Masked Wolf’s viral hit “Astronaut in the Ocean” takes the top spot, with hit rock band Måneskin’s “Beggin'” just behind.
Read more about TikTok’s year-end music report here.