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The impact of TikTok on music is undeniable.
But has it changed music for better or for worse? Three main metrics to consider.

📈 Charts


Songs that go viral on TikTok often end up charting on the Hot 100. It's been known to resurrect older past hits and skyrocket songs up the charts overnight, but as such, many new songs also end up being created/written by the artists seemingly with the sole intention of going viral on Tiktok or creating Tiktok trend. 

(ex: Toosie Slide by Drake, Addison Rae by The Kid Laroi)

🎤 Music Industry


From Lil Nas X, Doja Cat to Olivia Rodrigo, the roots of many of today's biggest stars can be traced back to TikTok. It's become both a breakthrough and a major promotional platform for artists, a place that could give a platform to lesser known artists that would otherwise have none.

However on the negative, this also means that a lot of the older artists need to cater to TikTok to "keep up with the times", with labels now forcing artists to make Tiktoks. Labels and artists have also been known to pay influencers to use their songs as a means of promotion.

Additionally, labels have also used TikTok as a way to launch industry plants, with GAYLE being the most notorious example.

🎵 Quality


Directly connected to the first metric, TikTok has also affected the direction of pop music. Songs get produced with 'TikTok friendly' sounds and lyrics, and songs and sounds that go viral tend to get recreated. Mashups and remixes are especially popular on the platform, which has led to (or inspired?) more artists to reuse/sample sounds and melodies of past hits.

Jack Harlow's "First Class", Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Freaky Girl"  all went No. 1, but they also have another thing in common: they all sample past hits. Although sampling is not new, the uptick in the practice is certainly not a coincidence, and has actually been directly linked to the popularity of mashups and remixes on TikTok.

Sped up versions of songs (mainly past hits) have also become popular, which has led to many artists releasing official "sped up" versions of their songs to capitalize on the viral trends.


Seems harmless enough, but with the rising popularity of 'sped up' sounds, many worry that this squeaky sound will become the next 'popular' sound in pop music. 

With everything taken into consideration, do you think TikTok changed music for the better or worse?
Or perhaps.. something in the middle?

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