The year in review, TikTok and music edition

‘Tis the season for many, many year-end reviews/summaries/lists and TikTok has some data worth exploring. It’s hard to overestimate what kind of an effect TikTok is having on the recorded music industry. I’d even go far as to say that when it comes to the relationship youth has with music, it’s akin to how forty years ago people were affected by the appearance of MTV and then MuchMusic. Ignore TikTok at your peril.

The platform has just released its year-end review. Here are some highlights lifted directly form the press release.

  • No one got more TikTok views than Lizzie. She’s been dubbed The Queen of TikTok for 2022.

The Canadian Playlist – Top Tracks 2022

  1. “MEAN!” – Madeline The Person
  2. “L$d” – Luclover
  3. “Ginseng Strip 2002” – Yung Lean
  4. “About Damn Time” – Lizzo
  5. “Forever” – Labrinth
  6. “As It Was” – Harry Styles
  7. “Jiggle Jiggle” – Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux
  8. “oui” – Jeremih
  9. “Own Brand Freestyle” – FelixThe1st & Dreya Mac
  10. “THATS WHAT I WANT” – Lil Nas X

The Canadian Hitmakers – Most Viewed Artists 

  1. Dax From comedy to sobriety, independent rapper Dax took us through a journey of life.
  2. Tate McRae  As her career continues to soar, Tate McRae has everything we want and is who we wanna be this year.
  3. Jordan Wav With his guitars by his side, Jordan Wav captivated our heartstrings with his solo covers and community requests, even if it did mean playing via a bowl of pasta. 
  4. Lauren Spencer-Smith Dominating BreakupTok in 2022, rising Canadian star Lauren Spencer-Smith deserves all the flowers without heartache.
  5. Crash Adams  Crash Adams proved the world wrong with their bad-singing-turned-mini-concerts across North America. 
  6. Justin Bieber Justin Bieber continued to share moments from his day-to-day life, including his Justice tour, days off and days in the studio.
  7. Faouzia Contrary to her single “RIP, love”, TikTok has made Faouzia their Habibi for life.
  8. Johnny Orlando No stranger to success on TikTok, Johnny released his debut album ‘all the things that could go wrong’ this past August.
  9. bbno$ Slow down, hold up, it looks like bbno$ flew through TikTok this year with catchy tunes like “sophisticated” and “top gun”. 
  10. The Weeknd We’ll never be “Out of Time” for The Weeknd.

The Canadian Risers – Artists with Most New Followers 

  1. Dax
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Avril Lavigne Twenty years after her debut album and Avril Lavigne is still the pop punk princess we all love.
  4. Connor Price From Duets and challenges to global collaborations, rapper Connor Price has shown us that being bold is the way to go.
  5. Crash Adams
  6. Jordan Wav 
  7. The Weeknd 
  8. Lauren Spencer-Smith
  9. bbno$
  10. Tony Ann (Chainsmokers)  Tony Ann brought ‘golden hour’ to a whole new level with his piano renditions of some of TikTok’s favorite songs.

Other data

FY Faves


  1. @jamie32bsh – Mirror. Selfie. Dancing.
  2. @w2sixpackchef – ASMR satisfaction guaranteed
  3. @parisa_henna_art – Gorgeous henna inspo
  4. @tamarasbluechicken – The little bird that’s stealing our hearts
  5. @kristenandreafe – This filter had him SO scared!

Around the world

  1. @ox_zung – The stitch expert shared tricks that made us gasp!
  2. @rosalia – Rosalía showed us all how to slay.
  3. @lav_sings – Wowed us with her #DesiTok singing skills.
  4. @robertirwin – Conservationist Robert Irwin rescues a baby blue-tongued lizard in the Australian outback.
  5. @thammachad – Iconic Thai creator, Thammachad, receives an award in all their glory!

TikTok Taught Me


  1. @ongsquad – Pineapple? Yes. Sticky Fingers? Never!
  2. @natashathasan – No-sew saree draping skills
  3. @shinanova – Shina teaches us the meaning behind Inuit facial expressions
  4. @huxintingting – Learn how to make mung bean noodles from scratch
  5. @ilysmnails – Everyone loves a little cuticle care

Around the world

  1. @efritaasmr – Anyone up for a corn dog?
  2. @oursignedworld – A daughter learning how to get deaf father’s attention warms our hearts.
  3. @shinanova – Learning how to communicate through Inuit facial expressions with Shina and her mom Kayuula.
  4. @satisfcapybaraying_pottery – Check out how to fit a Capybara into a ceramic mug.
  5. @mirendarosenberg – Lady Tallow sparking the #TallowTok trend!

Most Popular Songs


  1. “MEAN!” – Madeline The Person 
  2. “L$d” – Luclover 
  3. “Ginseng Strip 2002” – Yung Lean 
  4. “About Damn Time” – Lizzo 
  5. “Forever” – Labrinth 
  6. “As It Was” – Harry Styles 
  7. “Jiggle Jiggle” – Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux 
  8. “oui” – Jeremih 
  9. “Own Brand Freestyle” – FelixThe1st & Dreya Mac 
  10. “THATS WHAT I WANT” – Lil Nas X 

Around the world

  1. “Ginseng Strip 2002” – Yung Lean 
  2. “Sunroof” – Nicky Youre & dazy  
  3. “Wait a Minute” – WILLOW  
  4. “Beat Automotivo Tan Tan Tan Viral” – WZ Beat 
  5. “Cool for the Summer” – Demi Lovato 
  6. “Jiggle Jiggle” – Duke & Jones & Louis Theroux 
  7. “Me Porto Bonito” – Bad Bunny & Chencho Corleone 
  8. “About Damn Time” – Lizzo 
  9. “L$d” – Luclover 
  10. “Una Noche En Medellín” – Cris Mj 

And there’s a whole lot more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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