Masked Wolf had the most popular TikTok songs in the world in 2021

TikTok has put the chaos of 2020 behind it to amass over a billion users on its platform this year. Many were glued to music videos whose soundtrack was directed by Masked Wolf and The Kid LAROI.

Breakthrough Australian acts were among the most trending stories to emerge on TikTok this year, with both impacting the world’s top five songs on the short video app.

Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut In The Ocean” was the alpha of the pack, with the soundtrack to 17 million TikTok videos, according to the streaming platform’s annual numbers report.

It’s sweet reward for the wolf (real name Harry Michael) whose 2019 song found new wings and soared to the Top 10 in the US and Australia after going viral on TikTok, which earned rapper and producer/composer Tyron Hapi an APRA AMCOS induction. ‘ The list of 1,000,000,000.

Masked Wolf went on to earn ARIA Award nominations for Michael Gudinski Breakthrough Artist, Best Artist, Best Hip Hop Release (presented by Menulog), Song of the Year (presented by YouTube Music) and Best Video (presented by YouTube Music).

Meanwhile, Sydney star and Los Angeles-based The Kid LAROI has had a TikTok hit on his hands with ‘STAY’, his collab with Justin Bieber, which has been used in nearly 9 million videos.

LAROI (real name Charlton Howard) has had an unforgettable year, winning No. 1s in the US and Australia, as well as ARIAs, APRAs and NIMAs, and earning a 2022 Grammy Award nomination.

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TikTok unpacked its year in numbers during a virtual briefing on Monday, December 6, hosted by Matty J and Lee Hunter, chief executive of TikTok ANZ.

What a difference a year makes.

In 2020, TikTok was in the crosshairs when then-US President Donald Trump used his office to launch his MAGAs and kick off a countdown to sell the Chinese-owned business to American hands or the eliminate.

This process caused CEO Kevin Mayer to seek the exit, noting, in the most diplomatic terms, how the political environment had “significantly changed”.

Once a rogue, TikTok has since established a subsidiary in Sydney and gone legit with a series of content arrangements.

Last month, the streamer entered into a multi-year music licensing agreement with APRA AMCOS.

TikTok’s favorite songs of 2021.

“Astronaut in the Ocean” – Masked Wolf, @zaraliang
“STAY” – The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, @luckythirteenz
“Paparazzi” – Kim Dracula, @kimdrac
“SEND IT” – Hooligan Hefs, @rohanbrown06
“Fly Away” – Tones and I, @pollyannask8

Around the world:
“Astronaut in the Ocean” – Masked Wolf, @jayprehistoricpets
“Beggin'” – Måneskin, @therealmaneskin
“Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” – Popp Hunna, @justmaiko
“Sugar Crash!” – ElyOtto, @zuro_xuro
“STAY” – The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber, @luckythirteenz

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