What Makes A Song Good For TikTok? | Genius News


TIA: It’s no secret that TikTok has become
one of the biggest drivers of viral hits in the last year, something we’ve covered in
the past–but, how do you make the perfect song for Tik Tok? TIA: Here at Genius we’ve noticed our Top
Songs chart populated with all kinds of tracks thanks to the app. Everything from Mariah Carey’s 2009 cut,
“Obsessed…” TIA: …to newer tracks like Lil Keed’s
“HBS…” TIA: and NLE Choppa’s “Shotta Flow 3”
have all found success on the app thanks to a series of dances, challenges, and just random
videos. TIA: As TikTok continues to churn out a seemingly
mixed bag of songs onto its For You page, we looked at what all these songs had in common. TAYLOR: A song that’s good for TikTok is something
that’s easy, but expresses a short kind of feeling, or something that’s easy to act out
or dance to. TIA: That’s Taylor Lorenz, a technology
reporter at The New York Times who’s written extensively about TikTok. In July, Lorenz reported that TikTok quote: TAYLOR: So much of TikTok is participatory in nature, so it’s a great TikTok video is
something that is funny and engaging but also that you feel like you can put your own riff
on. TIA: Take for example 3ohBlack’s “All
Talk.” The song’s lyrics are pretty much just about
shooting people, but a few of those lines in particular have caught people’s
ears. And according to Lorenz, that’s all it takes. TAYLOR: They’re like shooting things around
them, but it’s basically like an audio way to express I guess things
going away that then you can replicate. TIA: Tracks like “All Talk,” are attractive
to users because the lyrics give people something to physically act out in clips. TAYLOR: The best videos, they kind of have
directives in the sense that you’re acting out some part of the lyrics, or you’re using
the lyrics to kind of express something. TIA: The same goes for E-40’s 2014 track,
“Choices” which blew up on the app 5 years later, thanks to its own super straightforward
lyrics. TIA: But even with songs whose lyrics don’t
necessarily give you anything to act out, users are quick to associate certain types
of videos with certain songs. TAYLOR: If you think of these object labeling
memes where you’re labeling everything and that’s, those are like the visual versions
of TikToks sometimes. Where TikToks are using this audio to kind
of tell a story or tell something happening. TIA: The most popular songs on TikTok range
from pop to rock to hip-hop music, and often times the artist behind the songs don’t
have anything to do with whether or not it blows up. TIA: What matters most is whether the track
is catchy or interesting enough to build a video around. There’s a lot of great songs, but they don’t
have that one clip that makes something easy to meme. TIA: Hyping a song’s popularity online to
make it a hit on the charts is nothing new, and dates back to Soulja Boy’s own viral
hit “Crank That.” TIA: TikTok is just today’s version of that,
and some brands have even caught on to the marketing plan. ELF Cosmetics enlisted singer songwriter illWayno
to create their own branded musical content to live on TikTok, with the “eyes, lips,
face challenge.” There definitely are artists that are very adept
at the internet and think about the share-ability of their content and their music, maybe that
will be something that will just be more top of mind. TIA: Whether or not users realize it, TikTok
has already started changing *how* people listen to music, too. It gives users a reason to focus more on what
soundbites in songs are best for memes. TAYLOR: When I listen to songs now I definitely
listen for clips. It’s improved, at least for me, my audio library, where I associate different
songs with different things or I’m always trying to think of a new song to match some
video that I think of. TIA: And might just be the start of a new
wave of how people consume music. TIA: I’m Tia with Genius News bringing you
the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

100 thoughts on “What Makes A Song Good For TikTok? | Genius News

  • October 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Genius, don't do this

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Your møther will NEVER SUFFER❤️

    👇 and Šuß TO ACTIVATE ✔️

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    first

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm
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    Interesting 😂 btw, I have some songs out too. Would they make a good Tik Tok? Would love to hear your thoughts, love! 🖤💋🖤💋🖤

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    Finally saw a genius face🤪

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    monstercat lowkey best tho

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    City Görls

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    Like this🤪🤣

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    you will get A+ in ur all test ❤

    no beg for sub thx have a good day🙏

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    I’ll be back, I’m gonna go make a TikTok song real quick

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    So people real live go to college just to stuff tik tok

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    101th like 👇😳👇

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    I feel like I’m the only one who does not use tiktok that’s watching this video

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    You still have time to delete this video…

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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    Tiktok is trash if a song blows up on it the song is now trash

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Is this considered cringe?

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    god i hate tik tok so much, bring back vine

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    v
    v
    v
    v how many years of good luck you have

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    i hate this app

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    TAKE A WALK

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Delete

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Tik tok is wack

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    I'm very glad that I don't know a single person who uses tiktok 😌😁😂

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm
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    There is still time to delete this

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    You know you’re getting old when you start hating on kids for using Tik Tok 😬😬😅

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    Haha TMG was featured. Cody and Noel must be so proud…

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    man, fuck Tik Tok.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    VINE OVER EVERYTHING

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    Crazy how tiktok has become this SM app for its edgy content and what not.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    There is still time to delete this

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    Hoes mad in the comments lmao.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    I SAW MY BOIS CODY AND NOEL! TINY MEAT GANG REPRESENT

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    I just want to thank my friends and little brothers for never downloading this app lol

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    But tik too is cringe genius, like, normies use it and they make cringy (!!!) videos on it also furries ???? I'm not hater but if people enjoy something weird although leaving me alone I have to hate on it. Post cringe clown emoji this is not it

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    “TikTok is the 2019 version of Soulja Boy” yeah that’s accurate

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    As soon as a song ends up on tik tok that shit is RUINED

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    WHOS BEEN A FAN OF GENIUS BEFORE 2019?👇🏽

    Btw Your 2020 is cursed líké and sùbścríbe to undo!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Basically what Chance tried to do with all of The Big Day

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  • October 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    duh lmao

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    Lil nas x is the best tho

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    please delete this video

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Please stop making these dumbass videos😩😩🙏

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    You guys must not have younger siblings or are just out of touch with how BIG Tik Tok is. It’s not cringe it’s informative for the largest social media app for millennials

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    "i wanna be tracer" is the most classic of these toxic tiktok challenges

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  • October 11, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    This was super interesting to watch, keep it up!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    Imagine watching Genius and seeing your own TikTok.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    AHAHAHA THAT’S ME AT 1:52

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    This is so good

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    TMG OMG MY BOYS

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  • October 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    Genius, you uploading this video? Tryna inspire young musicians to get that TikTok money?

    Yeah, that's a yikes from me, dawg.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    The fact I have seen all of these TikToks

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    Gary Vee been telling us for years that TikTok is going to overtake instagram, no one believed and look whats happening already!

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  • October 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    Lame white ppl shyt I don't blame the kids

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    Like if you’re tiktok famous <—

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    I got a tiktok ad on this video

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  • October 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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    Ugly video shut up no one cares about your video

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:03 pm
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    This is the cringiest video I’ve seen lmfao I feel so young watching this

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    Do a episode about meme music

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    yo valpals here

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  • October 11, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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    I came for Valerie Castellano

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    white relatable girls are taking the meaning outta hood music 🤷🏾‍♀️ nd white ppl wanna be black

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  • October 11, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    the answer is terrible middle class white people hijacking hip hop tracks

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    I'm only subbed in genius for deconstructed, but this video was actually interesting to watch.

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    Didn't think it was that serious

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  • October 11, 2019 at 10:40 pm
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    VOX vibes

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    All Talk is still the hardest song in 2019 no matter if TikTok has used it

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:37 am
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    Why would I record myself for random online people to see?

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Who needs a label when you got tick tock!

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    It’s not too late to delete this @Genius

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    I just unsubed because of this video

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:40 am
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    I love genuis so muchh

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    This is a trash take.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    Oh my gawd… the mayonnaise is heavy on this. This gotta be the corniest shit I've ever seen… but there is investment potential..🤔

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:16 am
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    Yoooo tmg in genius

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  • October 12, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    A stupid dance and repetitive lyrics

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  • October 12, 2019 at 5:26 am
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    Gimme Five, Issa Vibe….

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  • October 12, 2019 at 6:36 am
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    Ch Usama Gujjar

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  • October 12, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    Surprised yall aint talk about HL Wave & Jhonny Flames – Gordon Ramsay and the Clockwoah – #1 US Viral for 5 days str8 and now #2 for the past week and a half and Global Viral top 5 …

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    Name a song that Tik tok Thots ruined

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  • October 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    If This Is Blue Your A OG Genius $ubscriber🤤💝
    👇(You can Be An OG Of Mine Today😍)

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  • October 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    Y'all overanalyzing it

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  • October 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    https://youtu.be/Z7AvYiLwSCY

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  • October 12, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    TikTok ruined Lusion’s version of Walk by COMTHAZINE.

    i can’t hear the track without being reminded of the cancer that is TikTok.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 10:06 pm
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    TMG with the cameo lesssss gooooo

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  • October 12, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    And that’s why Big Draco’s a legend.

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  • October 12, 2019 at 11:53 pm
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    Remember musically

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  • October 13, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    Them boys look autistic asf 🤦🏻‍♂️ no kap

    BUT ANYWHORE WANNA MAK A TIKTOK THO🤪

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  • October 13, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Entah apa yang merasukimu. Hingga kau tega mengkhianatiku. Yang tulus mencintaimu

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  • October 13, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    I think I just unsubbed from genius

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  • October 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm
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    Womp womp lil boom

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  • October 13, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    Pls delete

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  • October 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    some of you all are pressed about an app being successful lmao do any of you have anything to do

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  • October 13, 2019 at 11:56 pm
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    TikTok won’t download for me🤦‍♂️ idk why I was tryna become famous

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  • October 14, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    Why’d they pick the one with the girl crying tho

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  • October 14, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    can you guys please figure out who is behind all these Indian song remixes

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  • October 14, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Baby yes your mine baby yes your fine

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  • October 14, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    Every body report this video so it can be deleted

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  • October 14, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    TIK TOK IS A KIND OF FUCK IN INDIA

    BUT WELL IT ENTERTAINS ME TOO😛😛😚

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