Anatomy of a Viral Song on TikTok
We used the number of song’s posts and the number of likes, comments, and shares for the top posts of a song. Our study is based on the top 50 of each category. The data is from the eleventh of February 2020.
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The average Tempo is 125.4 bpm
We used Librosa to calculate the Tempo of a song.
|Type||Average Tempo (BPM)|
Top posts Tempo
Top liked Tempo
Top commented Tempo
Top shared Tempo
The average duration is 19.5 seconds
|Type||Average Duration (s)|
Top posts duration
Top liked duration
Top commented duration
Top shared duration
66% of the content is licensed content
On TikTok there are two types of music :
- Original The sound uploaded by a user e.g., All I want for Christmas is You by Plotwist
- Not Original - The song uploaded by TikTok or a record company example which is licensed e.g.,All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carrey
The most popular genre is Pop Rap
For every licensed song we tried to get the Artist genre using Spotify API
For every licensed song we tried to get the Spotify track id to get the danceability
For top posts, the average danceability is 0.75.
For top liked songs, the average danceability is 0.76.
For top commented songs, the average danceability is 0.74.
For top shared songs, the average danceability is 0.75.
Read more about our TikTok Music chart
Our top list
Top 5 of the Sounds with the most posts
|Lottery by K Camp||22862029||20.1||151.9||False|
|All I Want for Christmas is YOU by plottwist||19054158||12.96||143.5||True|
|Suicidal by YNW Melly||15230266||11.23||92.2||False|
|Say-So by Doja Cat||14515072||10.97||112.34||False|
|Young-Thug—Relationship (feat.-Future) by oouumanii_||13738237||10.03||143.5||True|
Top 5 of the Sounds with the most likes
|Can We Kiss Forever by Kina||788608||29.02||112.3||False|
|Falling by Trevor Daniel||714644||21.6||129.2||False|
|Lottery by K Campo||89495294||20.1||151.9||False|
|Falling by Trevor Daniel||88699075||14.8||123.1||False|
|Freddie Dred Opaul by Freddie Dredd||88042396||35.7||143.5||True|
Top 5 of the Sounds with the most comments
|Can We Kiss Forever by Kena||788608||29.02||112.3||False|
|original-sound by Seb_pena||714644||8.5||112.3||True|
|No Idea byDon Toliver||652588||12.2||112.3||False|
|オリジナル楽曲 by 🐷きょっちゃん🐽||88699075||14.8||151.9||True|
|Make You Mine by PUBLIC||644808||39.3||103.3||False|
Top 5 of the Sounds with the most shares
|All I Want for Christmas is YOU by plottwist||15805861||12.9||143.5||True|
|going to the store by going to the store||5659416||14.6||135.9||False|
|Moto by Ajay Hooda Dilerkharakiya||5483149||26.5||151.9||True|
|Inside Their Head by TT remix||4914019||13.1||135.9||False|
|The Git Up by Blanco Brown||4470271||15.4||99.4||False|