Break out your pirate telescope, because sea shanties are the hot trend you didn't see coming. This TikTok fad, which began with Scottish singer Nathan Evans, is beyond catchy and an art form in itself, since you have to follow a rhythmic pattern while singing a sailor-inspired tune. We've gathered up some of the best "Wellerman" sea shanty TikToks so you can seas the moment and create a witty duet of your own.
Evans recorded an acoustic version signing "The Wellerman" on Dec. 27, 2020. The video includes the lyrics on it so everyone on TikTok's "For You" page can hum along. While fishermen sang "The Wellerman" in the 1800s on whale hunting excursions, today's TikTokers are simply flexing their musical skills with the song by using the duet feature. They're expanding on Evans' original audio clip with harmonies, lower lines of vocals, and even instrumentals like the violin.
In the spirit of a new musical meme, a few late-night hosts have checked out #shantytok, too. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon have both made their own shanties to the beat of "The Wellerman" while belting out funny new lyrics, including some from Olivia Rodrigo's viral single, "Driver's License."
Whether you create your own "Wellerman" video to show off your talents or scroll through these sea shanty TikToks, know that more truly is merrier over in #shantytok. Especially in the time of quarantine, there's room for everyone to join in on the TikTok fun.