Break it Down

What is a TikTok song?

September 02, 2020
Break it Down
What is a TikTok song?
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Break it Down
What is a TikTok song?
Sep 02, 2020

What exactly is a TikTok song? Why are they so catchy? If this sounds like your brain, you’re in the right place. This week Holly and Hilary take a deep dive into the very 2020 phenomenon that is TikTok. They break down recent TikTok hits by exploring what exactly constitutes a TikTok song and the psychology behind why we can’t seem to get these songs out of our heads. Finally, they discuss TikTok’s impact on the music industry and ponder its future. Is it a fad or is it forever?

Disclaimer: As TikTok is so new, their policies regarding copyright are evolving. During our research, we found many articles detailing this topic that seemed to contradict each other. Therefore, the information we discuss comes from recent sources that are listed below and may have changed once again since your listening.

Works Cited:

Ainsworth, Harry. Explained: What does the mi pan su su sum TikTok song actually mean? The Tab.

Bresnick, Ethan. "Intensified Play: Cinematic study of TikTok mobile app." Available at Research Gate.

Bereznak, Alyssa. ‘Memes Are the New Pop Stars: How TikTok Became the Future of the Music Industry’: The Ringer.

Cognitive Culture: Why is Tik Tok so Popular Now? A Short Analysis on How Tik Tok Will Change All Social Media: Available on YouTube.

Cliff, Aimee. 'Do something weird that works on TikTok': how to write a pop smash in 2020’: The Guardian

Chow, Andrew R. “TikTok Is Turning New Artists Into Viral Sensations. But Who Actually Benefits?”: TIME.

Hellmuth-Margulis, Elizabeth. TedTalk: Available on YouTube.

Leight, Elias. ‘If You Can Get Famous Easily, You’re Gonna Do It’: How TikTok Took Over Music: Rolling Stone.

Levitin, Daniel J. This is your brain on music: The science of a human obsession. Penguin, 2006.

O’Dell, Liam. “Musical.ly Speaking: How TikTok is Keeping On-Track with Music and Copyright”, TenEightMagazine.

Popcast. Episode: How TikTok is Killing the Radio Songwriter. 17 January.

Rozalia on Mi Pan/ Miel Pops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnabdy-i3Eg

Service, Tom. “Stuck on repeat: why we love repetition in music”: The Guardian.

Switched on Pop. Episode: Benee and the Art of the Sad Banger. 26 August.

Switched on Pop. Episode: Doja Cat’s “Say So” is a Masterclass in Good Times. 21 April.

Williamson, Victoria. You are the music: How music reveals what it means to be human. Icon Books Ltd, 2014.

“What Makes A Good TikTok Song?” https://genius.com/a/what-makes-a-good-tiktok-song


Artwork by: @akalashell

90 Seconds of Funk by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Show Notes

What exactly is a TikTok song? Why are they so catchy? If this sounds like your brain, you’re in the right place. This week Holly and Hilary take a deep dive into the very 2020 phenomenon that is TikTok. They break down recent TikTok hits by exploring what exactly constitutes a TikTok song and the psychology behind why we can’t seem to get these songs out of our heads. Finally, they discuss TikTok’s impact on the music industry and ponder its future. Is it a fad or is it forever?

Disclaimer: As TikTok is so new, their policies regarding copyright are evolving. During our research, we found many articles detailing this topic that seemed to contradict each other. Therefore, the information we discuss comes from recent sources that are listed below and may have changed once again since your listening.

Works Cited:

Ainsworth, Harry. Explained: What does the mi pan su su sum TikTok song actually mean? The Tab.

Bresnick, Ethan. "Intensified Play: Cinematic study of TikTok mobile app." Available at Research Gate.

Bereznak, Alyssa. ‘Memes Are the New Pop Stars: How TikTok Became the Future of the Music Industry’: The Ringer.

Cognitive Culture: Why is Tik Tok so Popular Now? A Short Analysis on How Tik Tok Will Change All Social Media: Available on YouTube.

Cliff, Aimee. 'Do something weird that works on TikTok': how to write a pop smash in 2020’: The Guardian

Chow, Andrew R. “TikTok Is Turning New Artists Into Viral Sensations. But Who Actually Benefits?”: TIME.

Hellmuth-Margulis, Elizabeth. TedTalk: Available on YouTube.

Leight, Elias. ‘If You Can Get Famous Easily, You’re Gonna Do It’: How TikTok Took Over Music: Rolling Stone.

Levitin, Daniel J. This is your brain on music: The science of a human obsession. Penguin, 2006.

O’Dell, Liam. “Musical.ly Speaking: How TikTok is Keeping On-Track with Music and Copyright”, TenEightMagazine.

Popcast. Episode: How TikTok is Killing the Radio Songwriter. 17 January.

Rozalia on Mi Pan/ Miel Pops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnabdy-i3Eg

Service, Tom. “Stuck on repeat: why we love repetition in music”: The Guardian.

Switched on Pop. Episode: Benee and the Art of the Sad Banger. 26 August.

Switched on Pop. Episode: Doja Cat’s “Say So” is a Masterclass in Good Times. 21 April.

Williamson, Victoria. You are the music: How music reveals what it means to be human. Icon Books Ltd, 2014.

“What Makes A Good TikTok Song?” https://genius.com/a/what-makes-a-good-tiktok-song


Artwork by: @akalashell

90 Seconds of Funk by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Artist: http://audionautix.com/