Here are All of the Dance Tik Toks of 2019 That Had Us Copying These Moves All Year Long
This past year, we practically lived our lives on social media — and Tik Tok was increasingly our go-to app of choice. A favorite of both Millennials and Zoomers alike, the video-sharing social networking service is especially well known for starting the internet trends that invaded our pop culture world during 2019. Besides making social media stars out of everyday people and highlighting cutting edge innovations in beauty, makeup and visual effects, the Tik Tok community is also known for popularizing the latest dance crazes.
Integrating perfectly synced choreography with the most popular songs of the year, Tik Tok makes its dance videos look so fun and easy. That’s why you’ll find that nearly everyone is willing to try to record at least one — and we’re totally here for it. Whether they could actually dance or were just suffering from delusions of dancing grandeur, in 2019, everyone was busting a serious move. Here are the dances that had Tik Tok-ers grooving all year long. Maybe you’ll pick up a step or two.
1. The Woah
We’ve been hitting the Woah since 2018 but Tik Tok didn’t start this challenge until March of 2019. Suddenly, everyone and their little dog was making these videos. The beauty of this dance is in its simplicity. It’s simply a swift movement with one’s arms to the beat and it can be done to any song. If you search Tik Tok, you can see, Drake, Travis Scott and at least a million abuelitas hitting that Whoa.
2. “The Git Up”
2019 was the year of rapping cowboys. We aren’t just talking about Lil’ Nas X — artist Blanco Brown contributed to Tik Tok’s love of a good ol’ two-step with his Git Up Challenge. Once he posted the video for his single, “The Git Up,” on YouTube (a video that included detailed instructions for the dance), Tik Tok users began recreating the two-step groove while putting their own unique spin on it. For a glorious moment, everyone on Tik Tok was a little bit country.
3. The “Obsessed” Dance
Obviously, we’re as obsessed with Mimi as anyone can be so we already had the choreography to her 2009 music video for “Obsessed” memorized before this challenge even became a thing. Still, the variations have been really fun to watch. Especially when MC herself took to Tik Tok and made her own video of herself doing the “Obsessed” dance. Talk about ICONIC.
4. The “Hey Julie” Challenge
The “Hey Julie” Challenge involves a clip of music from a song called “Hey Julie” by KYLE feat. Lil Yachty. Before the Tik Tok challenge started, the song was heavily sampled by other musicians on YouTube, gaining massive popularity with other musicians. In the first half of 2019, popular Tik Tok posters shared videos of themselves performing a dance to this sample. They encouraged others to pick up on the cool rhythm and start the challenge. From there, “Hey Julie” was born.
5. Spooky Scary Skeletons
This challenge is a true internet collaboration. The original “Spooky Scary Skeletons” is a 1996 children’s song that gained popularity when a YouTuber added it to the 1929 Disney short film, “The Skeleton Dance.” The Tik Tok Spooky Scary Skeleton Challenge was inspired by the dancing skeletons in this short. These dancing skeletons took over our Tik Tok feeds in October and that song is still stuck in our heads.
6. Lotta Loot or The Chucky Cheese Challenge
Much more complicated than the Floss, the Dab or the Woah, the Lotta Loot (also known as the Chucky Cheese Challenge) dominated Tik Tok this year for a reason. Namely, because it was just plain fun. Set to MadeinTYO’s song “Chucky Cheese,” each rendition of the dance is completely unique from the next one. Personally, we like the use of Jumex juice in this Tik Tok.
7. Drop Dance
Many Tik Tok dance trends start with a song that is being promoted on YouTube and the Drop Dance is no different. Released by NoCopyrightSounds, the song “Cradles” by artist Sub Urban is the sound track for the Drop Dance challenge. The dance has been recreated thousands of times and has popped up on the most popular dance trends of 2019.
8. HBS Dance
The last Tik Tok trend of 2019 proves that sometimes simple things appeal most. The HBS Challenge sprouted from Lil Keed’s song of the same name. From his 2019 album “Viva Mexico,” that single’s beat and use of easy repetition was an instant hit with Tik Tok fans. Instantly, creative dancers came up with different ways they could present the rapper’s hook to their audiences.