Songs we heard differently?
Ever since TikTok became the go-to hotspot for everything like beauty, fashion, food, and more, it’s become unstoppable. The platform has become the gateway for new songs and stardom. Aspiring artists and their earworms catapult them to virality. Skits of everyday instances gain millions of engagements because they’re relatable. And much like the new Vine, the latest memes come alive thanks to TikTok’s wide variety of sounds.
Sometimes, these involve reviving classics or multiple remixes we can’t help but enjoy. For example, we associate PinkPantheres’s Just for me with the hypnotic TikTok sound. Or BENEE’s Supalonely reminds us of simpler times. So many images get attached to these tracks, and sometimes they change how we listen to them.
Ahead, we list down the songs whose listening experience changed due to TikTok’s liberal use of these tracks. And if you’re someone who’s off the app, maybe you can use this list as a conversation starter with your TikToker friends.
@williamlimusic Emotional Pompeii 😭 @steven_he @bastille #emotionaldamage #mashup #remix #fyp ♬ Emotional Damage vs Pompeii – WILLIAM LI
Bastille’s Pompeii reminded us of simpler times. Vine was alive and kicking back then, frozen yogurt was all the rage and Tumblr’s soft grunge era began. Indie, alternative and rock bands occupied our playlists, Bastille included. But since TikTok user @williamlimusic remixed it with the popular Emotional Damage meme featuring comedian Steven He, safe to say the rest is history. So now, we can’t help but punctuate Bastille’s choral adlibs with “emotional damage” at every minor (or major) inconvenience.
Britney Spears’ Toxic and Ginuwine’s Pony
@altegomusic THIS ONES FOR @magicmikelivelondon 😍😈 #toxic #britneyspears #pony #ginuwine #magicmike #striptok #christmas ♬ Toxic x Pony – ALTÉGO
Twins-slash-DJ duo ALTÉGO believed Britney Spears’ Toxic and Ginuwine’s Pony would make a great musical match. So after remixing these classics together, they created a seductive mix that launched another dance challenge. While both songs still stand great on their own, listening to Toxic might have you waiting for Pony’s backbeat.
The Ting Things, That’s Not My Name
@littlegoblinlad the goblin is his persona #goblin #cat #catsoftiktok #fyp #thatsnotmyname #cryptid ♬ That's Not My Name – The Ting Tings
The year 2008 was the era of babydoll tops, skin-tight leggings and early Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Well, let these questionable trends get wiped out from your memory. Instead, if you look this song up on TikTok, you’ll come across various videos featuring babies, pets and celebrities. After all, who are we to complain about the abundance of adorable videos?
Encanto’s We Don’t Talk About Bruno
Of course, 94th Academy Award nominee We Don’t Talk About Bruno makes the list. But like trends, TikTok went to town and brought it in another direction. Isabela and Dolores’ gentle bridge became the background music to all sorts of skits about petty inconveniences. From your siblings insisting the clothes you bought are communal property to a wholesome night foiled because your friends bring out the drinks.
One Direction’s Night Changes
@jennyhan the babies are all grown up 😭 #lanacondor #noahcentineo #toalltheboysivelovedbefore #tatbilb #behindthescenes #nightchanges ♬ night changes – ella🤠
Another predictable sound would be One Direction’s Night Changes. Back in 2021, it was the go-to sound to show major life updates. From a glow-up 10 years in the making or a progress check. So when its chorus leads to Harry singing “just how fast the night changes,” best believe glow-ups will be the first on our minds.
Céline Dion’s It’s All Coming Back To Me Now
@jeenie.weenie Reply to @dianakmana ♬ It's All Coming Back To Me Now – JEENIE
Thanks to the multiple grand transformations, this classic ballad is getting a revival this year. Celine Dion’s powerful vocals deserve to have a shocking reveal to match, with TikTokers pulling out all stops to give it justice. After all, it’s a trend best for one of the best singers in the world.
Calvin Harris and Disciples’ How Deep Is Your Love
@basementgang Reply to @_lil.lucy.vert_ ♬ How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
Even if it started as a way to poke fun around American girls feeling their oats on the dance floor, this trend reignited everyone’s need to dance their butts off. Calvin Harris and Disciples’ How Deep Is Your Love has always the power to get everyone moving—they aren’t world-renowned DJs for nothing. If you’ve been craving for a dance party, there’s no shame in playing songs like this at full blast and dancing like you usually do.
Did we miss any songs that TikTok changed? Drop them in the comments below!
Art Macky Arquilla