NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA (AP) – From rollerblading to the beat of Fleetwood Mac to learning a choreography of Cardi B Shaking their butts, TikTok users got creative in a pandemic year with new songs, dances and memes in 60 seconds or less.
The social video platform published its list of the 100 best videos, creators and trends in the United States during 2020, recapping a year of viral videos that at times served as a necessary distraction in tumultuous times.
“These are videos that brought joy and inspiration to millions of Americans in a year that has been like a whirlwind for all of us as we tried to figure it out,” said Kudzi Chikumbu, Community Creator Director for TikTok.
The platform has been widely associated with the Generation Z and millennials who experiment with the app’s digital effects, such as green screens, and influencers who have launched careers thanks to posted videos.
The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” and Jason Derulo’s “Savage Love” inspired dance challenges on TikTok that placed them among the most used songs on the app, as well as Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s daring “WAP”.
For some TikTok creators, the pandemic served as an inspiration to connect with other users. Comedian Caitlin Reilly used it during quarantine to poke fun at annoying colleagues on Zoom in one of the most popular videos. And rapper Curtis Roach made an anthem for endless days at home with his song and meme “Bored in the House.”
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The second most popular video was of an Idaho man named Nathan Apodaca who rose to fame casually singing “Dreams” by Fleetwod Mac while riding a skateboard on a highway.
“It’s really about capturing the essence of a moment,” Chikumbu said of the Apodaca video. “What Generation Z would call an ‘immaculate vibe.’
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But the video that most liked on TikTok is perhaps more difficult to explain for those who have not used the application. Bella Poarch, who has 45 million followers, created a simple but adorable video in which he appears lip-syncing while tilting his head and looking away at key moments in the song.
“She kept creating a lot more dances and facial expressions and launching her own business and really transforming her art in her career,” Chikumbu said.
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Although it is aimed at youth, Chikumbu said that the growth of TikTok this year has brought the platform to the popular culture.
“You can see all kinds of people, from teenagers to college students with their parents and grandparents, making videos,” he said. “Now TikTok really transcends generations, particularly this year when people had a lot of time to get into it and not just watch, but taste.”