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 amazing musical moments to celebrate,” said Adam Burchill, Chief Music Officer of TikTok Canada, in a statement released to iPhone in Canada.
“We watched Justin Bieber serenade us LIVE for Valentine’s Day, welcomed icons like Avril Lavigne and The Tragically Hip to the platform, helped catapult emerging artists like JESSIA and Lilyisthatyou into the mainstream and helped revive 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 have taken note of the wealth and diversity of talent that Canada has to offer. offer – it is undeniable that the music begins and lives on TikTok. “
TikTok first began reporting on some of the App’s Emerging Canadian Artist of the Year, with bbno $ and RealestK in the lead.
“Following in the footsteps of artists like The Kid LAROI, Tai Verdes and Tate McRae – who were on TikTok’s Emerging Artist list in 2020 and had record years in 2021 – Canadians bbno $ and RealestK have used TikTok to increase their profile in a major way. this year and are only two out of twenty, ”says TikTok.
ElyOtto was crowned Canada’s Most Popular Musician with video creations for the hyper pop anthem “SugarCrash!” “. The song also ranked fourth on TikTok’s Best Global Tracks on TikTok and made it on the list of America’s 10 Best Pop Tracks.
Globally, Megan Thee Stallion reigned supreme over TikTok’s year-end music report for the second year in a row, topping their list of most-used artists by catalog.
Beyond showcasing the best artists in today’s music, TikTok has also proven this year that it has the power to bring oldies back into fashion. Through mash-ups and remixes, TikTok has brought back songs like “Rasputin” by Boney M, “Careless Whisper” by George Michael and “Poison” by Bill Bev Devoe.
TikTok has also created a category for songs that aren’t new, but aren’t quite classic, nicknamed these songs “comeback tracks”.
The majority of these songs are 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 manifestation of nostalgia, whether to celebrate a graduation party or pay tribute to a loved one who has passed away.
When it comes to TikTok’s top “global” songs in 2021, the result is a mix of new and established artists. As has been proven over the past couple of years, TikTok is more than capable of nurturing the next big music stars, and several of their songs made it into the top 20 for the year. Masked Wolf’s viral hit “Astronaut in the Ocean” takes number one, followed by rock band Måneskin’s “Beggin ‘”.
To learn more about TikTok’s year-end music report, click here.