With just weeks to go until we finally usher in 2021 and leave 2020 in the dust, TikTok is taking a look back at the videos that entertained us and connected us during the past year. During a year which saw a global pandemic, it's unsurprising the top 2020 TikTok hashtag trends and effects include many quarantine challenges, because #BoredInTheHouse has never been more relatable. From viral dances to special effects like Duet and Stitch, here's what the year on TikTok looked like.
It's safe to say 2020 was anything but ordinary as many people who were physically separated due to the COVID-19 outbreak turned to the app to stay connected and entertain themselves while at home. The social media platform reported record growth during the pandemic gaining three times as many users as it had in 2018, and according to forecasts, TikTok is expected to top 1.2 billion users in 2021. While the app might have found its niche during lockdown, it's safe to say it's not going anywhere — and some of the top trends and hashtags that dominated TikTok over the past 11 months hint at what the app could look like in the coming year.
As users tried to combat lockdown boredom, the app saw people giving sage (and sarcastic) advice with the #YouHaveTo trend, while a #RandomThings trend had people sharing videos of random objects in their homes that just "made sense." TBH, in 2020, that actually makes sense.
- #YouHaveTo was the top choice for anyone who wanted to tell people to stop overwatering their plants, stop trusting catfishes on dating apps, and stop running the other way when they see teenagers at the mall.
- The #BlindingLights dance challenge, set to the song by The Weeknd, got family members of all ages involved. You can check out a tutorial here.
- Is there such a thing as #TwoPrettyBestFriends? TikTok thinks not. The videos will give you a laugh, but feel free to take this hashtag with a huge grain of salt.
- Think you can hurt someone's feelings? Chances are you can't beat these #HurtMyFeelings experiences, like getting roasted by Gordon Ramsey.
- What's more random (and weirdly make sense) than showing off #RandomThings in your apartment?
- The #DontLeaveMe trend was for all the bad pun and joke stans.
- What more hilarious way to commemorate random items you've lost than by superimposing your eyes and mouth on said items and imagining what it would be like to be them? The #IAmLost trend did just that.
- People put their own twist on lockdown by pairing Curtis Roach's #BoredInTheHouse song with whatever they were up to.
- Creators like Billie Eilish and Addison Rae had fun with the face-warping #TimeWarpScan effect.
- People tried out their hand at Game of Thrones by imagining themselves in #MedievalTikTok.
During the past year, users relied more than ever on TikTok's special effects to make their TikTok trends, challenges, and viral dances come alive. From changing their backgrounds with Green Screen, creating Voiceovers, and collaborating with other users with Duet, here are the top video special effects during the past year.
- Green Screen allows people to virtually swap out their background for the ideal backdrop.
- Reply to Comment lets you reply to a TikTok with a video comment.
- Green Screen Video takes the Green Screen effect one step further with a virtual moving background.
- Duet allows you to virtually collaborate with other TikTok users.
- Voiceover is a great addition to anyone wanting to narrate their TikToks.
- Disco adds a beat to whatever video you're sharing.
- Voice Effect lets you virtually play around with your voice.
- Stitch lets you show what video you're referencing during your TikTok.
- Color Customizer allows you to pull out one hue to focus on.
- Donation Stickers are an easy way to direct your viewers where donate to.
These are just some of the cool insights from the app's The Year On TikTok: Top 100 findings, so head to the blog post to learn more about the biggest creators, food and baking trends, viral makeup and beauty challenges, and more that dominated the app in 2020. Why? Because #YouHaveTo.