What are trending sounds on TikTok?
Trending sounds are sounds that are currently going viral on the TikTok app. If you have been on TikTok for a while, you’ll know there are certain sounds and songs that hit it “big” and that everyone and their brother seem to be using at once. These songs and sounds are trending and if you use them at just the right time, your video could get more exposure and reach just by using a sound.
What qualifies a sound as trending?
There isn’t really a set definition of what qualifies as a trending sound on TikTok.
That said, here’s a rule of thumb for categorizing trending sounds—if you’re scrolling your For You page and hear the same sound more than once, it’s trending. The odds of a sound that isn’t trending to appear multiple times on the same page are pretty slim.
That being said, your For You page will only include sounds that are trending in topics or niches based on your interests. So, while your For You page is a good rule of thumb, it won’t give you an all-encompassing view of trending sounds on TikTok. Thankfully, there’s other avenues that you can use, which we’ll explore further in this article, so stick with us!
Why should you care about finding trending TikTok sounds?
There are a bunch of reasons why finding trending TikTok sounds is super important. We don’t have the space to cover all of them, but here are the highlights:
1. Increases visibility and reach
Part of the appeal of following a trend is that other people already pay attention to the sound. By participating in the trend, your video is more likely to be seen by a greater number of people in a shorter amount of time, compared to using a random sound.
To put it another way, selecting sounds that are currently popular greatly increases your chances of appearing on other people’s “For You” page.
2. Engage with your audience
Using popular sounds on TikTok is a dope way to connect with your audience beyond just racking up views. By using sounds that everyone is already vibing with, you give your followers an easy way to relate to and engage with your content.
This is especially crucial since 88% of TikTok users say that audio is essential to their experience on the app. By jumping on the latest trend, you can up your chances of appearing on people’s “For You” page, gain followers, and build your brand.
3. Stay current and relevant
TikTok moves pretty fast—it’s tough to keep up. If you want to avoid being left behind by the new trends, sounds, and songs popping up all the time, you need to seize the moment and make content using trending audio while it’s actually trending. Wait too long, and you may end up looking out of touch.
4. Join in on popular challenges
TikTok is a breeding ground for popular challenges—some fun, some … less so. Joining in on these challenges (and the sounds that inevitably get attached to them) gives you an even better opportunity to engage with your followers and capitalize on the trend.
5. Gain followers and build your brand
Finally, if you’re serious about growing your TikTok presence, using trending sounds and participating in the current challenges can help. If people know that they can come to you for the latest trends and that your content is always relevant and engaging, they’ll be more likely to follow and engage with your content.
How to find trending sounds on TikTok
Now that you know what they are, how in the world do you find a trending sound? There are a couple of ways:
Check your FYP (For You page)
It sounds pretty basic because it is, but scrolling your feed for a little bit will show you what sounds more and more people are using. The most popular trending sounds will hit your FYP, and you’ll start noticing a pattern of what sounds are frequently popping up on your page.
The thing to remember here, though, is that everyone’s FYP is different, so a trending sound for you might not always be a trending sound for another person. Check the number of uses of that specific audio and save it for later to check back in to see if it’s increasing in use or staying stagnant.
Use TikTok’s Creative Center
TikTok’s Creative Center is a platform where users can find the latest trending sounds, inspiring music, and audio effects to help them create content. You can filter trending songs by location as well, to make sure you’re targeting the right region for your content.
The Creative Center also provides a range of sample videos that use the sound, which is useful for getting ideas on how to use it in your own video. When you click on a song, it will also give you detailed insights into how the song has grown over the week.
Check TikTok’s sound library
TikTok’s sound library is where you’ll find every sound used on the platform. You can filter through TikTok’s library by category and discover which sounds are trending in your niche.
You can access it by:
Clicking on the “+” at the bottom of the screen
Tap on “Add Sound” at the top of the screen
Scroll to where it says Playlist, and you’ll find a variety of playlists like “TikTok Viral” and “Featured.” We recommend clicking these playlists first and scrolling to see what’s currently viral.
This method is great because it gives you a comprehensive overview of what sounds are popular, regardless of where they’re being used.
Use TikTok’s search function
One underrated way to find trending TikTok sounds is simply searching for them using the app’s built-in search function.
It’s as simple as opening up the app, clicking the search bar, and searching for “viral songs” or “viral sounds”. Once the results load, click the “sounds” tab, and you’ll see a list of songs, along with the number of times the song has been used.
Look for sounds that have been used over 100k times, as those are usually the songs that have gone viral.
Use TikTok’s hashtag function
In a similar vein, searching for hashtags related to trending sounds is also a great way to discover them.
Look for hashtags such as #viral sound or #trendingsound to get a sense of what people use to make their content more popular. Once you find a hashtag you like, click on it and scroll through the results to see what sounds people are using.
Use TikTok sound analytics apps
TikTok sound analytics apps make finding the most popular TikTok sounds easy. These apps offer detailed insights into how sounds are trending and what videos have used them, so you can get an idea of what content works best with a sound.
The great thing about these apps is that they give you access to more comprehensive data than TikTok’s own search function, and they’re easy to use.
Here are two options you should definitely check out:
TrendTok: This app lets you view the most trending sounds used in the past 24 hours, 7 days, and 30 days.
TokBoard: A list of trending TikTok songs updated weekly.
Follow popular creators
Another way to discover trending TikTok sounds is by following popular creators. These creators are usually on top of the latest trends and are likely to be using the most popular songs for their content. By following them, you can see what kinds of sounds they’re using and get an idea of what could be trending.
You can find popular creators by searching for their names in the search bar or by clicking on “Suggested for You” on the Discover page.
Spotify and Apple Music
Spotify and Apple Music are great tools for finding trending songs, as it allows you to search for music by genre and other criteria.
When you find a song that you like, you can view its popularity over time and see how many plays it’s getting. This is a great way to find out if a particular song is trending in a general sense, but it doesn’t necessarily tell you if the song is trending on TikTok.
However, it can give you an idea of what kind of music is popular in the wider world. You can then head over to TikTok to see if any of those songs are trending on the platform.
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YouTube is another great resource for finding trending songs.
Just search for “trending TikTok songs” or look through the “Most Viewed” section for songs that have been used in popular videos. You can also use YouTube to find remixes or covers of popular songs, which can be great for finding variations on popular sounds.
Keep in mind that the most viewed videos aren’t necessarily the most popular on TikTok. So it’s a good idea to do additional research before using any of these songs in your content.
Billboard is a valuable resource for finding trending songs. They track the most popular songs on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
By searching their charts, you can find out which songs are trending. Then, just head over to TikTok and see what kinds of content those songs are linked to. If there’s anything that relates you your brand—great! Start thinking of content ideas to go along with the song.
Can brands and businesses use trending sounds on TikTok?
Similar to Instagram (and most social media platforms), brands cannot use a lot of featured music on TikTok because of copyright infringement.
There are ways to get around this if you’re a brand:
Repost user-generated content
Connect with a content creator and see if you can collaborate with them. From there, you can repost their video onto your own TikTok feed (without needing to worry about copyright infringement on sound!).
If you’re going to use a content creator’s content, be sure to tag them in the video and ask permission to repost their content onto your own page and feed.
Use royalty-free music
TikTok’s Commercial Music Library has thousands upon thousands of royalty-free music you can use for your videos. While they’re not always the … best sounds, you can use these without worrying about your sound being removed or breaking any copyright laws.
Create your own sound
One of the easiest things to do is create your own sound. You can add your own voiceovers to a video, remix stock sounds, or create your own sound effects for a video. You never know what type of sound is going to go viral on TikTok, so experiment and hope one hits the algorithm in just the right way.
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How to turn your trending sounds into engaging content
Now that you’ve found the perfect sound for your TikTok video, it’s time to start creating content.
When you use trending sounds on TikTok, you’re usually joining an existing conversation that is already popular on the platform. To take advantage of these trends, you need to create content that fits the trend while still contributing something unique.
Here are some things you can do to strike this balance:
Express yourself: Introduce your own style and personality to the trend. Try to include at least one element that you haven’t seen in other videos that use the sounds, whether it’s a fashion choice, a dance move, or a unique spin on the concept.
Collaborate with popular creators: Reach out to popular TikTok influencers who have successfully leveraged trending sounds in the past, and see if you can collaborate with them. This way, you can use their reach to your advantage and increase the chances of your content going viral!
Tell a story: Only you can tell your story, so use the trending sound as the soundtrack to a relatable narrative. This will make your video stand out and help it connect with viewers.
Use dynamic visuals: Many TikTok creators are hesitant to get creative when it comes to visuals. However, don’t be afraid to step out of the box and try something new! Experiment with camera angles, editing techniques, and lighting to create an eye-catching video that viewers won’t be able to look away from.
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