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From Drake's "Toosie Slide" To Doja Cat's "Say So," What TikTok Dance Have You Been Practicing During Quarantine?
2020 has become the year of quarantine, livestreams and TikTok, with popular songs on the micro-video social media platform continually topping the charts. On this week's Billboard Hot 100, Doja Cat's "Say So" remix featuring Nicki Minaj, Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage" remix featuring Beyoncé, The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" and Drake's "Toosie Slide" each take the top four spots, consecutively, and all have popular dances on TikTok.
So, for this week's GRAMMY.com poll, we want to know what TikTok dance you've been perfecting during quarantine? And if you're still on the fence about joining Gen Z's favorite platform, which dance would maybe get you to make your debut?
Let us know in the poll below, and read on to find out more about each song.
"Bored in the House" is a goofy song birthed by quarantine, beginning when Detroit rapper Curtis Roach posted the original clip rapping and snapping, "Okay I'm bored in the house and I'm in the house bored," encouraging others to share it on TikTok. It took off on the platform, and Los Angeles rapper Tyga jumped on board to turn it into a song, released late March, obviously, called "Bored in the House."
On April 17, North Carolina rap powerhouse DaBaby dropped his latest album, BLAME IT ON BABY, featuring "Rockstar" with L.A.'s Roddy Ricch. A few of DaBaby's other buoyant rap tracks, including "Toes," have been popular among TikTokers, and his opening bars of "Rockstar" ("Brand new Lamborghini, f*** a cop car …Have you ever met a real n*** rockstar?") spawning a new dance challenge. The track currently holds the No. 9 spot on the Hot 100.
When Doja Cat released the '70s-inspired music video for "Say So," earlier this year, TikTokers were thrilled to see that not only did the "Juicy" artist incorporate the TikTok dance moves into the choreography, the dance's teenage creator Haley Sharpe (who has 1.6 million followers on the platform) made a cameo! Just this month, the rapper/singer/fashionista followed with a new version of the "Say So" featuring rap queen Nicki Minaj. The duo now have a No. 1 Hot 100 song on their hands, the first-ever for Doja.
Drake is no stranger to topping the charts and streaming platforms with his infectious, melodic brand of hip-hop. Now, with April's "Toosie Slide," he's created the perfect TikTok hit, complete with simple dance instructions in the lyrics and a demonstration in the music video. The song debuted at No. 1 (it's currently at No. 4 after five weeks in the top 10) and flooded TikTok feeds. Even Anthony Hopkins, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have gotten on board via their officially TikTok accounts.
Back in fall 2019, British dance-pop queen Dua Lipa dropped the joyfully disco-nodding "Don't Start Now," which would eventually be revealed as the lead single to 2020's Future Nostalgia. Even though the album is filled with more great dance bops, "Don't Start Now" remains an incredibly popular dance on the video platform. The nu disco bop is currently No. 6 on the Hot 100.
Just ahead of his February album, Changes, Justin Bieber dropped "Intentions" featuring Quavo, along with a heartwarming music video starring Los Angeles' Alexandria House residents dancing along with the duo. The mellow track's chorus, where Bieber sings, "Picture perfect, you don't need no filter," has spawned many more amateur dance stars on TikTok.
Apparently, if you want a TikTok hit, you might want to get a Migo's Quavo on your track. Underground Atlanta rapper K Camp has been dropping mixtapes since 2011, but with 2019's "Lottery (Renegade)," and the viral Renegade TikTok dance the followed months later helped him, well, hit the lottery. 14-year old dancer Jalaiah Harmon uploaded her choreography to the dance in fall 2019 to Instagram, which took of there and was then copied on TikTok. It is widely cited as the most popular TikTok dance right now, and since its initial popularity, Camp dropped a Quavo-supported remix, further boosting its reach.
Like Doja, Houston rap hero Megan Thee Stallion brought on a superstar for a remix of her latest single, resulting in her highest-charting single ever. With the Beyoncé-supported remix of SUGA EP cut "Savage," the Houston hotties are currently No. 2 on the Hot 100. TikTokers were already dancing to the original version of the track and understandably are also dancing to the fire remix. The "Hot Girl Summer" rapper even recently uploaded a compilation video of dances to the remix to her YouTube account.
In late 2019, The Weeknd released the fabulously synthy "Blinding Lights," the second lead single to 2020's After Hours. In late March, as quarantine began to get the better of us, the enchanting track took off on TikTok, with an adorable trend of kids getting their parents and siblings to dance with them. Perhaps there is a TikTok star in all of us, if you're stuck inside long enough.