TikTok Trends Right Now (Updated October 2021)

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Wondering what’s currently trending on TikTok?

This is the list you’ve been looking for! If there’s one good thing to come out of my TikTok addiction, it’s that I have a pretty excellent grasp of what’s trending on TikTok right now (and any given time).

The truth is, the best way to identify TikTok trends is to spend a lot of time on the app… but if you’re too busy for that (living that thing some people might call a life), here is a quick, up-to-date guide on what’s currently trending on TikTok.

We’ll be frequently updating this list with new TikTok trends as they emerge, so be sure to bookmark this page for future reference.

PS: Looking for more TikTok tips? You might also like our guide to increasing traffic on TikTok.

NOTE: TikTok trends vary a lot based on what “side” of TikTok you’re on. Feel free to comment below if you want to chime in with a trend you’re seeing (but be sure to include a date) since TikTok trends can come and go so quickly.

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Where to Find Out What’s Trending on TikTok Right Now

Besides this TikTok trends page, one of the best resources for finding current TikTok trends is specific TikTok accounts.

The truth is, TikTok trends come and go really quickly, so they’ll often be outdated by the time they hit the Trends page in the app, so it’s a good idea to always keep an eye out for emerging trends.

Here are some TikTok accounts well known for their “Trend Alerts”:

  • @wavewyld: Self-proclaimed “Queen of Trend Alerts” – frequently posts emerging trends
  • @jera.bean: Posts tutorials for new trends/filters
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Current TikTok Trends (October 2021)

What TikTok trends have we been seeing non-stop on our FYP lately? Here are a few:

(Added October 25, 2021) “And I Think to Myself… WTF” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this sound with a text overlay describing a situation where your reaction was “what the f*ck”.

(Added October 23, 2021) Off-beat Food Dance Trend | Example: Posting a video of yourself to this sound where you showcase some food, take a bite, then step back and do that specific dance (off beat – this is key!). Many variations involve pouring a hot sauce/pan of cheese over the food, which adds a bit more magic to the chaos.

(Added October 22, 2021) Immortal Snail Assassin Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound with a text overlay that says “The year is [insert far away year, usually thousands of years in the future]” then showing/describing the scenario in which you and the immortal snail finally meet. If you have no idea what that means, read our full guide to the Immortal Snail Assassin Trend.

(Added October 17, 2021) “I’m So Happy” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this sound with a text overlay describing one scenario where you would first be happy, then feel sad.

(Added October 16, 2021) “Video Game” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound with the text overlay “if _____ was a video game”, where you move around like the hypothetical character in this video game, accompanied by the inner monologue/thoughts of this character as a voiceover.

(Added October 14, 2021) “Oh I’m Curious” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you lip sync the “I’m curious” part with the text overlay “You look like a famous ____”, then showing the celebrity you’re often compared to while lip syncing the next line.

(Added October 12, 2021) “I Know It Ain’t the Stallion, You Know It’s Your Girl” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you lip sync the words, usually with a friend/other person that comes in the second half with the “You know it’s your girl” line, alongside a text overlay that describes a comical situation to be lip syncing those words.

(Added October 8, 2021) CAP Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you lip sync the words with a text overlay that describes something you think is “cap”, as in BS/untrue.

(Added October 5, 2021) “Throwing Up and Crying Thinking About” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you have a text overlay saying you spent all last night throwing up and crying thinking about x (usually something that would gain you favor with the group you want to attract e.g. thinking about the wage gap), then tacking on a random fact that would make you even more attractive to this group e.g. I’m 6’3″ by the way.

(Added October 4, 2021) “Slipping Through My Fingers” POV Text Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you have a text overlay that starts with POV: You’re ____, then showing text message screenshots that are in line with this POV.

(Added October 3, 2021) That is a Scarecrow Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound, with the a text overlay for the first few lines describing something that you do/happens to you, then a text overlay saying what that thing actually means/is indicative of, while lip syncing “that is a scarecrow”.

(Added October 2, 2021) Boyfriend/Girlfriend/Husband Wife Application Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you introduce yourself (usually your name, height, age, and some interests/hobbies, inviting people to duet with their own “application” to date you. Alternatively, you can duet existing popular videos with that sound/format as YOUR application.

(Added October 1, 2021) Couch Guy Slander Trend | Example: Posting a video commenting on, analyzing, or parodying the infamous “surprising my boyfriend at college” Couch Guy video.

(Added October 1, 2021) “From Now On, Nothing But Short Skirts” Trend | Example: Posting a video lip syncing to this sound of Margot Robbie in the Wolf of Wall Street, with a text overlay describing something your significant other does that makes you want to reward them with “nothing but short skirts around the house”.

(Added September 30, 2021) “Where Your Clothes At?” Trend | Example: Posting a video lip syncing to this sound, with a text overlay describing a scenario where you are doing something (usually wholesome e.g. showing off your mug collection) but then are surprised by someone else’s nakedness at the end (when you lip sync “where your clothes at?)

(Added September 27, 2021) “If Only You Knew” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound with a text overlay that pops up in time with the music in a heart shape saying “If only you knew what goes on in my” then usually the buffering effect, followed by quick shots of what is going on your mind.

(Added September 26, 2021) Emily Mariko Salmon Trend | Example: Posting a video recreating the salmon rice recipe popularized by Emily Mariko, or making a joke about this food trend and how it has a chokehold on your FYP/life.

(Added September 25, 2021) “Are You Sh*tting My D*ck?” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this sound with a text overlay that describes a scenario when your reaction was “are you sh*tting my d*ck?” or in other words “are you kidding me?”

(Added September 24, 2021) “Lucky” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this sound with the words “This is the story about a girl named Lucky” and a text overlay describing a story/reason why you’re lucky.

(Added September 23, 2021)” I Can Be Brown, I Can Be Blue” Trend | Example: Posting a video lipsyncing to this sound while telling a crazy story (usually one that takes unexpected turns, or continues to escalate).

(Added September 20, 2021) “Let’s Go” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound with a gif of Saweetie walking away, along with a text overlay that describes the scenario where you would be like “Let’s go”. Often this trend adds effects to the Saweetie gif at the end, like getting run over or fried like moths.

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Past TikTok Trends

We’ll be leaving an archive of past TikTok trends below, since hey, you never know! Trends do have a way of making a comeback.

(Added September 18, 2021) “Remind Me of Your Gender Again” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound, lip syncing the lines “Remind me of your gender again? Right, you’re a boy. These are for girls only” with a text overlay explaining something you’re gatekeeping something that’s supposed to be “for girls only” (i.e. a certain activity, celebrity crush, etc.)

(Added September 15, 2021) “Where’s My Treat” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you lip sync the words “Where’s my treat? I’ve been a brave little girl” and the text overlay lists a scenario that isn’t actually that challenging or deserving of a treat.

(Added September 13, 2021) Commenting Chair Emojis Trend: Commenting chair emojis on TikTok users’ videos and pretending like the video is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen as part of a huge TikTok inside joke.

(Added September 12, 2021) “Slow Zoom + Wildest Dreams” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound with this slow zoom effect, usually where you’re looking amazing & smiling as the camera slowly zooms in on you.

(Added September 11, 2021) “Okay Batman, We’ll Take it From Here” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound (often accompanied by this slow zoom effect) where you act at a loss for words/in a state of shock and dissociation as the audio plays, with the text describing a scenario that made you feel that way.

(Added September 10, 2021) “What Does it Mean?” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you describe a scenario that you don’t understand, while lip syncing emotionally to the “What does it MEAN?” part of the sound.

(Added September 9, 2021)” Excuse Me. Mommy. Sorry. Mommy.” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you lip sync the words (often directed towards someone whose attractiveness is making you trip up over your words), with text describing the scenario that would cause you to have that reaction e.g. “When she wears _____”.

(Added September 8, 2021) “Performing Rick and Morty” Trend | Example: Posting a video with the caption “Performing Rick and Morty until [insert scenario] ” where you are rapping Rick and Morty by Soulja Boy, often in inappropriate situations.

(Added September 6, 2021) “Wall-E” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you describe a wholesome scenario that makes you go “awww”. The first section describes the scenario set-up, the second section describes the event in the scenario that makes you go “aww”, and the final clip is your reaction.

(Added September 4, 2021) “Love This Game” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you lip sync “Love this game” while the caption describes a scenario in your life that you treat like a game (i.e. your job, a frequent quirk, etc.)

(Added September 2, 2021) “Berries and Cream” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you show off something that makes you feel/look like an old timey historical lad (usually Medieval or Colonial vibes). Often this is accompanied by doing the original Berries and Cream dance.

(Added September 1, 2021) “Mama Said That it Was Okay” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this song where the first caption is a question someone asks you about something you do, then when the song goes “mama said that it was okay” showing photos/clips of the role model who inspired these behaviors and let you know they were okay.

(Added August 28, 2021) “Good Soup” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound with a caption in the format of “When I _____”, and calling it “good soup”, when it’s usually not actual soup (e.g. tears, weird concoctions you made as a kid, etc.)

(Added August 27, 2021) “All I Think About is You” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you describe a scenario in the first clip “e.g. Me telling others I’m happier single”, then have the “Sometimes all I think about is you” come up in beat with the lyrics in different fonts as you show photos of what you’re thinking about (that somewhat contradicts the opening scenario).

(Added August 25, 2021) “Cry if I Want To” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where you act out a dialogue in which you realize a belief or behavior you always thought was normal actually… isn’t.

(Added August 19, 2021) “Smooth Talkin, So Rockin” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound where one person lip syncs the ‘Smooth talkin, so rockin, he’s got everything that a girl’s wantin’ lines while panning to someone doing random dance moves during the instrumental strums.

(Added August 16, 2021) “Yo bro, who got you smilin like that?” Trend | Example: Posting a video to this sound that starts with you grooving with the caption “Yo bro, who got you smilin like that?”, followed by a (wholesome) reason you’re smiling – often it’s a cute animal video or something else similarly adorable.

(Added August 9, 2021) “But you don’t look gay” Trend | Example: Posting a statement to this sound that people say to you like “you don’t look British” and then switching up to be a more stereotypical version of what people expect.

“I like you, have a cupcake” Trend | Example: Showing things you like to this sound, and juxtaposing with a thing you find “ew”, or in this sound variation, something you especially like.

“A single mom who works two jobs” Trend | Example: Jokingly posting scenarios about being the caretaker/mom figure in the family, set to this sound.

“Look at where you came from, look at you now” Trend | Example: Posting your name, birth year and a contrasting photo from you in the past vs you now, set to the iconic Jeff Bezos Bo Burnham sound.

“This is exactly what I was afraid of” Trend | Example: Lip syncing to this sound while in a comical situation you didn’t want.

Convertible tote bag/backpack from IKEA Trend | Example: Everybody is going crazy over this bag and making TikToks about it. Here’s where to buy it/find alternatives!

“I Brought You Myrrh” Trend | Example: Posting about something you’ve been given that’s nice (e.g. a girlfriend), then poking fun of the unexpected aspects/consequences of it (e.g. they’re long distance).

“Nobody” Trend (June/July 2021) | Example: Making the caption about a scenario that you would run away from/dislike, then running away to this sound while occasionally glancing back at the camera like you’re being chased.

“In The Heights” Duet Trend (July 2021) | Example: Singing both parts of this duet (Blackout from In The Heights) with the Blue & Red filter, swapping genders as you sing the parts for both Usnavi and Vanessa.

“Running Through the Six with my Woes” Trend (July 2021) | Example: Making the caption about something that you can’t believe happened to you and lip-syncing to this audio, changing your demeanor/the text color when you lip sync the line the 2nd time.

I’m Just in A Silly, Goofy Mood” Trend (Summer 2021) | Example: Making the caption about something weird, random or silly you did in the past, and lip syncing to this sound.

“Clown Face” Trend (Throughout 2020/2021) | Example: This trend keeps resurfacing and it’s really simple – making the caption about a foolish (clown-like) mistake you made, while using the clown face filter and this sound.

“Everybody Makes Mistakes” Trend (Throughout 2020/2021) | Example: This trend has a way of constantly making a comeback. It’s simple: making the caption about an embarrassing mistake/situation set to this sound.

“Two Best Friends in a Room, They Might Kiss” Trend (Spring 2021) | Example: Lip syncing to this sound while leaning in for a kiss at the end and (usually) turning away.

Bridgerton the Musical (January 2020) | This original musical based off the Netflix hit, Bridgerton, was an epic trend that took over TikTok, with creators Barlow & Bear churning out one banger after the next, and the entire TikTok community getting involved singing, creating choreography, and even stage design/marketing.

DracoTok Trend (Summer/Fall 2020) | This massive trend was filled with various types of POVs, fan edits, and more ft. the Harry Potter fan favorite, Draco Malfoy.

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Hope this list of TikTok Trends Was Helpful!

Let us know in the comments if you know of any current TikTok trends we should add to the list.

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