Jalaiah Harmon & Charli D'Amelio

  • TikTok is leading the current dance trends popular among millennials and members of Gen Z. 
  • Along with the “Renegade,” other notable dances have grown in popularity on the app.
  • Below is a comprehensive guide to some of TikTok’s most popular dances to date.
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Walk into almost any middle school or high school, and most kids could not only tell you what the “Renegade” dance is but probably perform it too. The viral dance made popular on TikTok is a testament to the app’s power and influence over today’s trends and pop culture. TikTok users across the country are getting signed to management companies and TikTok choreographers are being asked by notable artists to promote their songs on their accounts.

Dance is such a fundamental aspect of the app that many of its dances have become a ubiquitous part of youth culture today.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to some of the biggest and trendiest dances to grace TikTok.

"Renegade"

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8kZhr9Dbed

 

By far the most popular dance on TikTok with more than 29.7 million users attempting the fast-paced choreography is the “renegade.” It’s perhaps one of the first viral dances to break out of the confines of the app itself and prompt so many others to strive to “go viral.”

The original dance was created by Atlanta-based 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon in September 2019, and quickly blew up with students in middle school and high school. Set to the song “Lottery” by K Camp, Harmon’s dance has now been performed in talent shows and at school pep rallies for TikTok competitions.

"Number One Baby"

 

Although not the official title of this dance, ask any TikTok user to do the “number one baby” dance and most likely they will start performing choreography that requires primarily hand and arm movements ending in holding an invisible baby.

The dance is at a close second to “renegade” and set to rappers Young Thug and Future’s, “Relationship.” The song has spurred a viral dance movement where 27 million people are dancing to the lines, “had to take the time to cut ’em off, I need help/I know how to make the girls go crazy/When you treat her like your number one baby.”

"The Box"

 

Roddy Ricch’s song “The Box” gained popularity on TikTok thanks to the help of 15-year-old Charli D’Amelio, who is by far TikTok’s most recognizable star. D’Amelio created a dance to the beginning portion of the song around January and continued posting additional videos of herself performing the same choreography. One of her posts alone has 4.8 million likes. It didn’t take long for the trend to catch on and the dance has currently been attempted by nearly two million users.

"Supalonely"

not my usual content but this song was too catchy to not make a dance to LMAO🥺🥺 try it and tag me !! #foryou #foryour #foryoupage #foryourpage

This dance challenge set to New Zealand-based singer BENEE’s song “Supalonely” was everywhere on TikTok in the first half of 2020. TikTok user @zoifishh’s original choreography to the song has amassed approximately 2.3 million likes to date, and the dance adds a bounce to lyrics of the song like “while you’re out there drinkin’ / I’m just here thinkin.'”

After @zoifishh’s original video, influencers like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae picked up the dance, helping it explode on TikTok. To date, “Supalonely” has been used in 8.8 million videos.

"Cannibal"

 

For those wondering why Kesha’s 2010 song “Cannibal” is suddenly making a comeback, it’s thanks to 14-year-old Briana Hantsch from Illinois. She created a TikTok in February of herself dancing to the song in her bedroom which has more than 52,000 likes and has already been attempted by more than 9 million users including some of the most viral TikTok stars like D’Amelio and Addison Easterling. Kesha herself even tried out the teen’s choreography, posting her attempt on Twitter.

"Git Up Challenge"

Please DONT let this flop🤦🏽♂️😂🔥 @davonte.house ##hodownchallenge ##foryou ##dank ##meme ##dance ##lit

 

Two half brothers from Utah, 19-year-old Ajani Huff and 21-year-old Davonte House, have created more than one viral TikTok dance. Their first dance, posted in May 2019, was to Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” and has been used in three million videos on the app. Huff and House’s initial video and original choreography was filmed in a gazebo. 

“At first [we were] just doing it for fun, but then after we did “get up” we realized the power choreographers have,” House said. 

Their spry footwork — a combination of country mixed with hip-hop — started trending but they weren’t getting credit. After commenting on various videos of users completing what became known as the “Git Up challenge,” many in the TikTok community now know the brothers created the dance.

"Don't Start Now"

pls do my dance🥺

 

Dua Lipa’s song, “Don’t Start Now” dominated the first half of February on TikTok. Teenager Hannah Kaye Balanay posted a video of herself outside dancing to the song and captioned it, “pls do my dance.” More than 3.8 million people listened to her request, completing a dance routine that sways to the lyrics, “aren’t you the guy who/tried to,” with many popular TikTok stars like D’Amelio and Easterling posting videos of themselves doing the dance multiple times. 

"Say So"

i made a part 2. also dojacat if ur filming a music video for this song and need a dancer, 🙋🏽‍♀️im here

 

“Say So” by Doja Cat is currently the artist’s most popular song and has already been trending in the charts. Once it blew up on TikTok with more than 16.8 million people trying out the dance, the song’s popularity only grew. Teenager Haley Sharpe from Alabama created choreography to accompany the song and said in her caption to Doja Cat that she’d love to be in a future music video. The video went so viral that Doja Cat obliged and invited Sharpe to perform it in the music video that dropped Feb. 27. Sharpe’s own TikTok received 923,000 likes and thanks to her recent cameo, she has now amassed 53,000 Instagram followers and has 1.2 million TikTok followers.

"Savage"

NEW DANCE ALERT! 🚨 if u use my dance tag me so i can see🤗 @theestallion#writethelyrics #PlayWithLife #foyou #fyp #foryoupage #newdance #savage

 

Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” was inescapable on TikTok in earlier 2020, and its dance challenge, choreographed by Keara Wilson (a.k.a. @keke.janajah), remains one of the biggest to ever take over the platform. Wilson’s “Savage” choreography is instantly recognizable, from its front-facing clap to its hip sways to its body rolls. To date, the “Savage” sound has been used in 26.8 million videos.

"Vibe (If I Back It Up)"

 

One of the more recently trending dances set to Cookie Kawaii’s “Vibe,” was created by 22-year-old Mikeila Jones because she “just wanted to be cute” and thought for sure it would be a “flop.”  

“Then I got into the vibe of the song because it’s super catchy and felt like it’s easy to dance to,” Jones said. 

In one hour after posting to her account [@mikeilajduh] on Feb 6, 100,000 people were trying it. The second hour it was up to 300,000 and before long she had 6 million views. Like the #OutWestChallenge, this dance is an easier style that begs users of all skill levels to try. Most users know the dance by a line from the song, “If I back it up, is it fat enough?” 

"Out West"

NEW CHALLENGE ALERT 🚨 Tag me & use the hashtag ##OutWestChallenge in your videos‼️ I WANNA SEE YALL LETS GO VIRAL ##fyp ##foryou ##trending ##viral ##dance

 

Richmond, Virginia native Nicole Bloombgarden wasted no time creating one of the simplest dances on TikTok, “literally the day it [the song] came out.” The song “Out West” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug dropped December 2019 and 19-year-old Bloomgarden’s dance only requires raising your arms and moving your hips. 

“A strategy I learned is [that] dances have to be more catchy than hard,” Bloomgarden said. “The easier it is to do, the more people are gonna’ do it.” 

Once her video was uploaded she began encouraging people to do it and commenting on those that were trying it, asking them to tag her. Usher, YouTube stars Emma Chamberlain and David Dobrik, and 11.2 million others have tried Bloomgarden’s dance.

"I'm moving too fast"

THORW THAT 🍑 BACK Who At playlist @kgsaucyyyy @realdjtownsend ##fyp ##foryoupage

 

In March, another challenge went viral in less than a week. The “#2liveSoundsmix” challenge with both audio and choreography created by Deaundre Lamar [@2live.d], has grown to trend amongst 5.7 million users since Lamar first posted a video of himself dancing to the mix on Feb. 29. The sound features a line from another one of his popular mixes, “why is everything chrome” and incorporates a variety of trending dance moves like the “woah” and “throw it back.” 

"Go! Go! Go! Who's Next?"

I had to simplify it for my brothers but I really said 🦗 in the first parts

 

While falling a bit outside of the boundaries of the elaborate dances that TikTok is known for, the “Go! Go! Go! Who’s next?” dance brings the same level of energy. Set to a driving beat in which the vast majority of the lyrics are just the word “go,” the dance is essentially just a repeated “stanky leg.”

The audio is taken from the children’s TV show “Hip Hop Harry,” As Mashable’s Nicole Galluci reported. In the show, there’s a freestyle dance circle set to the catchy beat, and on TikTok, hashtags like #hiphopharry have amassed millions of views.

"Laxed (Siren Beat)"

Sun kissed 🙈

A relatively simple dance set to a beat produced by Jawsh 685, the “Laxed (Siren Beat)” dance involves direct hand movements and a few body rolls. The song was, at one point, tied to an “embrace your culture” trend in which people shared examples of their cultural dress while doing the dance. The dance and audio became widely popular on TikTok.

Jawsh 685 also notably collaborated with Jason Derulo on a song using the beat called “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat).” That audio has now also become popular on TikTok, with the dance challenge carrying over as well. 

"Tap In"

🚨SO I MADE A DANCCEEE-🚨 TRY IT AND TAG MEEE😳 #Prince4Ever #foryou #LittleBitFancy #newdance #dc #fyp #ye

Saweetie’s “Tap In” was one of the biggest TikTok sounds of 2020, and it was propelled along by a dance challenge choreographed by user @yodamnmamma, Vulture’s Zoe Haylock reported. Synced to the lyrics of the song — “wrists on glitter / waist on thinner” — the “Tap In” choreography was a mainstay on TikTok throughout 2020, and to date, “Tap In” has been associated with over 6 million videos on TikTok.

"WAP"

NEW DANCE ‼️ This is our mood when @iamcardibposted our video on her instagram! @kltkatnat#wap #dance #cardib

 

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s 2020 single “WAP” was a cultural phenomenon, and its presence on TikTok was no exception. In addition to a meme trend that saw people layering Megan Thee Stallion’s “gobble me, swallow me” verse of the song over everything from “The Phantom of the Opera” to “Let It Go,” there was also a hugely popular dance challenge created by Guam-based choreographer Brian Esperson, NBC News’ Kalhan Rosenblatt reported.

"Corvette Corvette"

Y’all hit this and DC: me

Popp Hunna’s song “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” rose to TikTok stardom largely in part due to a dance challenge choreographed by TikTok user @yvnggprince.  The single was released on October 15, 2020. One day later, @yvnggprince posted a video that’s amassed 1.4 million likes to date and kicked off the dance challenge that built momentum through the tail end of 2020. To date, the “Adderall” sound has been used in 27.5 million videos.

"Vroom Vroom"

#HolidayDecor #fyp redo laterrr 😎 #doublechin 🤭

This dance challenge, set to a remix of “Va Va Vroum Vroum” by Eduardo Luzquiños and Dj Wayn, was choreographed by @gwentakapu1. A video posted on December 14, 2020 sparked a dance challenge that drew in some of TikTok’s biggest creators. The sound has been used in approximately 6 million videos.

"Russian Roulette" / "The ViVi Trend"

here is the video use savetok #taeiivr

 

K-pop choreography may never have broken so thoroughly into mainstream TikTok culture before the dance to girl group Red Velvet’s “Russian Roulette” went viral on TikTok. Its origins are a bit complex. While the choreography is from the 2015 Red Velvet song, it took off on TikTok after a video of ViVi from LOONA, a 12-member girl group, dancing to it on Korean variety show “Fact iN Star” started to gain traction. Set to a remix of a Migos’ “YRN (feat. Young Thug)”, it brought in some of TikTok’s biggest stars including Bella Poarch, Noah Beck, and Larri “Larray” Merritt. 

"SexyBack"

We’re back with an updated version lol #comeheregirl #fyp #foryoupage #dance #gang #sweden #vipgirl

This dance circle challenge has been around since the summer of 2020, but truly exploded on TikTok in the first weeks of 2021. StayHipp reported that that the dance circle trend began with TikTok user @jenniferjeppssson, who posted choreography to the song along with a group of friends in July 2020. That video received over 440,000 likes on TikTok, but a January revival made the trend truly take off. That video currently has approximately 6.6. million likes.

“SexyBack” has been used in approximately 1.1 million videos to date.

 

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