When it comes to social distancing, people tend to fall into two different camps. Some are using the next few weeks to be productive by, say, acquiring a new skill or getting in shape, while others are taking the opportunity to indulge in guilty pleasure TV and raid their pantry free of guilt.
Now, an activity has emerged that will appease both the productive and passive parties: learning popular TikTok choreography. Whether you're completely obsessed with the app (guilty as charged) or have yet to experience its surreal magic, there's a dance for you. Set to songs both popular and obscure, these 15-to-30-second routines are sweeping the app.
If you're seeking an intense workout, congratulations, these TikTok dances are much harder than they look. If you're just in search of a way to kill 8-48 hours on an unnecessary endeavor, you've also come to the right place. Below, how to master 16 of the most popular dances on TikTok.
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♬ Hardest Dance Tutorial – bigshwangnick
This is perhaps the most famous TikTok dance, originally created by 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon. Once you've conquered the above, head over to see Harmon's more complex version of the routine.
These dance moves became so popular that Doja Cat actually performed them in the track's music video—and asked OG creator Haley Sharpe to make an appearance.
here’s my tutorial🤗 don’t forget to tag me when u use my dance ! thank you all so much for the support 😭💓 #fyp #tutorial #foryoupage #foryou
♬ original sound – keke.janajah
While the fate of this year's installment of "Hot Girl Summer" is TBD, the dominance of Megan Thee Stallion's latest single on TikTok is undeniable. Celebrities including Keke Palmer and Normani have already given the dance their seal of approval.
The reason this 2010 Ke$ha song is stuck in your head again? It's got a viral TikTok dance that features an impossibly watchable hand gesture for the lyric, "I'll eat you up."
Hit Every Beat Challenge (U Can't Touch This)
First dance tutorial, which dances should I do next? #hiteverybeat #foryoupage #getmefamous
♬ original sound – learn.dances3
If you're searching for simpler choreo, consider this dance, which models itself heavily off the macarena. Like most TikTok routines, its recipe involves speedy movements and hitting the woah.
This Roddy Rich song is number one on the Billboard chart, in part, because of this viral dance, which is credited to TikTok star Charli D'Amelio.
Watch Me Throw It Back
Here’s a tutorial of my dance🤪!! I always mess up on the Dora part but😭yeah. #foryoupage #foryou #tutorial #fyo #awkwardmoments #CleanFreshHype
♬ original sound – ddcmoore
Back away from your news feed and into this feel-good routine. If Lauren and Cameron from Love Is Blind are vibing to it, you know it's worth your time.
Relationship by Young Thug (Number One Baby)
𝕿𝖚𝖙𝖔𝖗𝖎𝖆𝖑 𝖔𝖓 𝖗𝖊𝖑𝖆𝖙𝖎𝖔𝖓𝖘𝖍𝖎𝖕 𝖇𝖞 𝖞𝖔𝖚𝖓𝖌 𝖙𝖍𝖚𝖌 🤠 𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊 𝖒𝖊 𝖇𝖎𝖌! #fyp #dancetutorial #tutorial #foryou #foryoupage
♬ Young Thug – Relationship (feat. Future) – oouumanii_
Ah, the TikTok dance for lovers. This simplistic routine (the moves are in the lyrics, guys) gained popularity with couples on the app. (Warning: learning choreography with your partner in an enclosed space is not advised.)
Walked In the House (Ultradiox)
This dance requires that your hips have the ability to move rhythmically, so it's not for the faint of heart.
Don't Start Now
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♬ original sound – thexhan
Almost immediately after this Dua Lipa song was released in October 2019, it had been seized as a popular dance track on and off of TikTok.
Sunday Best (I'm Feeling Good)
Sunday Best Dance Tutorial
♬ Sunday Best by Surfaces – rapidsongs
Learning this dance, set to a song by Surfaces, will help project positivity during these dark and uncertain times.
what other dances do you want 😊someething underthe +’🤫
♬ OUT WEST – JACKBOYS & Travis Scott feat. Young Thug
A track from JACKBOYS & Travis Scott feat. Young Thug provides inspo for this arms-heavy dance routine.
I'm Moving Too Fast
DANCE TUTORIAL‼️ put this in snap to slow it down. Follow for more 🙂 #fyp #dance #tutorial #dancetutorial
♬ 2liveSoundsmix – 2live.d
This dance is a great starter routine (and ideal way to craft your woah skills) set to the song "Dangerously In love" by YNW Melly.
here’s the tutorial to my dance if anyone needs it still !!😚😚💕 TAG ME i wanna see ! 🙂 #foryou #foryour #foryoupage #foryourpage
♬ original sound – zoifishh
This Benee song lends itself to another feel-good TikTok dance that skews closely to the lyrics.
it’s honestly so much harder to dance slow to this song #foryou #scienceismagic #drivethebus #wintersports #snow #dance
♬ original sound – iamquartknee
We didn't need an excuse to listen to this 2006 Ciara track, but we'll take it anyway.
Not to be mistaken with "Get Up," the "Git Up" takes a page out of Lil Nas X's viral country handbook. Learn the line dance-inspired choreography from the man behind the song, Blanco Brown.
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