The social media platform, TikTok, is continuing to take the world by storm. One of the main reasons being the various dance challenges that people of all ages can record and post on the platform. It’s a fun way for people to show off their great (and not so great) dance moves, or add their own flair to them. Below, we’ve listed the top 10 popular TikTok dances you can try at home.
1. The Renegade
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The Renegade dance challenge continues to be popular among TikTok users with 1.8 billion #renegade views to date. The dance was popularized on TikTok by social media personality and dancer, Charli D’Amelio. However, she didn’t actually create the dance. It was originally created and published on Instagram by 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon from Atlanta.
Jalaiah’s friend, Kaliyah Davis, asked her to create an Instagram post with her. Jalaiah created the dance choreography, incorporating moves like the whoa and wave, to the song “Lottery” by K-Camp. The post initially got 13,000+ views, now having almost 700,000 views. However, Jalaiah didn’t get the credit she deserved for the dance because D’Amelio and other TikTokers didn’t credit her with the creation of the dance.
2. Blinding Lights
@macdaddyzWe got bored🤷🏼♂️🤷🏼♂️♬ Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
The Blinding Lights dance was originally posted on TikTok by user macdaddyz. With everyone stuck at home during COVID-19, many kids have made their parents do this easy TikTok dance with them. The routine goes along with the song “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd. To date, #blindinglights has 2.8 billion views on TikTok.
3. Oh Nanana
@jimmyfallon“Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda ##DadsCanDance @charlidamelio♬ Oh Nanana – Remix – dj 6rb & Bonde R300
Though it’s unclear who started the Oh Nanana TikTok dance challenge, it was popularized when Charli D’Amelio and Jimmy Fallon performed it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The song used was “Oh Nanana- Remix” by dj6rb and Bonde R300. To date, the video has 9.4 million likes, and #ohnanana has 1.4 billion views. Besides doing this dance with another person, you can even attempt it with your dog.
4. Laxed (Siren Beat)
@jazlynebaybeeEmbracing our cultures ##fyp ##foryou ##foryoupage ##cookislands ##korean ##petlife ##bestfandom ##workdistractions ##siblingcheck ##OpenForDelivery ##couple♬ Laxed (Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685
The Laxed Siren Beat challenge can honestly be done by anyone. The moves are very simple, and inspires people to put their own twist on the video. For example in the video above, they show off their different cultures while doing the challenge. To date, the #laxedchallenge has had 30 million views.
@keke.janajahNEW DANCE ALERT! 🚨 if u use my dance tag me so i can see🤗 @theestallion ##writethelyrics ##PlayWithLife ##foyou ##fyp ##foryoupage ##newdance ##savage♬ Savage – Megan Thee Stallion
From personal experience, the song “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion is very hard to get out of your head once you hear it. This challenge was choreographed by 19-year-old Keara “Keke” Willson, and her dance went viral the moment her post went live. Currently, #savage has 5.7 billion views.
6. Say So
@yodelinghaleyand here’s the dance🤪🥰 and THANK YOU FOR 10 MILLION HEARTS OMG THAT’S CRAZY♬ Say So – Doja Cat
The Say So dance was first posted on TikTok in December 2019 by 17-year-old Haley Sharpe of Huntsville, AL. It instantly became a hit, and Haley was even included in Doja Cat’s “Say So” music video. To date, the song has 20.2 million views.
@xoprincealiim a street dancer & i do martial arts but im absolutely not qualified for this trend even tho i started it lol BUT I TRIED to be athletic ##fyp##foryou♬ Attention – crazypopsounds
Attention is probably one of the hardest trending dances you are going to find on TikTok. You need to be very flexible and have to be able to do a split for this dance. The song “Attention” by Todrick Hall and the challenge originated on TikTok by user xoprinceali. Over time, the dance evolved with users like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae putting their own spin on it. Currently, the original sound clip has 1.9 million videos.
8. Like That
@charlidameliohere is my hair getting in my face for 15 seconds straight while doing @madi dance♬ Like That – Doja Cat
As you can probably already see, Doja Cat’s music has inspired many TikTok dance challenges. It’s uncertain who originated the challenge, but the moves were popularized by Charli D’Amelio (as shown above). She makes the moves universal so it can be done by all, not just talented dancers.
This challenge truly shows that TikTok is a great tool to bring older songs back into the spotlight. The dance is done to Mariah Carey’s 2009 song “Obsessed”. The viral dance all started when user reesehardy_ uploaded a clip of her dancing to the song while crying. What made it a hit was not the dance moves, but TikTok users wondering why she was crying.
10. Distance Dance
@charlidamelioStay home & do the ##distancedance. Tag me & the hashtag in your video. P&G will donate to Feeding America & Matthew 25 for first 3M videos ##PGPartner♬ Big Up’s (feat. Yung Nnelg) – Jordyn, Nic Da Kid
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the distance dance was created by Charli D’Amelio as a way to raise donations for Feeding America and Matthew 25. Other than this, D’Amelio wanted to create a simple dance that can be done while people are at home. The dance goes to the song “Big Up’s (feat. Yung Nnelg)” by Jordyn and Nic Da Kid. D’Amelio’s video alone has 6.3 million likes.
Those are just some of the many TikTok videos you can do while at home. Whether you have no dancing skills at all or are a professional dancer, there is always a dance challenge you can try on the platform
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