Though it’s 2021 and there’s new music being put out daily, there are some older alternative songs we can’t part with.
In particular, these songs become glorified by TikTok and earn a timeless status in different video trends and viral sensations. With TikTok being the gatekeeper for cool trends, new recipes and now even sea shanties (quarantine, you know?), it only makes sense that it can bring life to old songs again by sharing them with new generations and making us older folks blissfully nostalgic.
Here are 10 alternative songs from the early 2000s that won’t go out of style anytime soon thanks to TikTok and its users.
“All Star” – Smash Mouth
Even if you’ve never seen a single movie from the Shrek franchise, chances are you know this song (and meme). Smash Mouth‘s “All Star,” which wasn’t specifically made for the 2001 film, is seemingly “unkillable.” It was a hit on the radio, on YouTube, on comedy shows as a punchline, all the way to now, where it permeates TikToks. Remember what we said about sea shanties growing in popularity at the beginning of 2021? This creator turned the famous track into one perfect for the open ocean. There are also Auto-Tuned renditions of “All Star” that many people use for their most chaotic videos. For many people across the globe, the song’s first word, “somebody,” strikes a visceral reaction in listeners, similar to when emo kids hear the G note.
“I’m Just A Kid” – Simple Plan
A new generation of kids will know the beauty of Simple Plan and their most recognizable hit “I’m Just A Kid,” thanks to the trend that took TikTok by storm in the spring of 2020. When families were stuck at home in quarantine, siblings, parents and other relatives recreated old family photos for the overwhelmingly cute, wholesome and funny #ImJustAKid challenge. This particular challenge launched the song to go certified platinum almost two decades after its original release. Now, a whole new generation is rocking out to this angsty OG pop-punk anthem.
“Electric Feel” – MGMT
As soon as MGMT dropped that “Ooh girl” with that little bassline part, the world became hooked. TikTok will certainly not let this indie band go by the wayside as this song has the perfect vibes to fit any video content. From fit checks to viral jokes and daily meal prep sessions, this funky 2007 hit from Oracular Spectacular won’t be leaving playlists anytime soon.
“Rockstar” – Nickelback
Nickelback is the ultimate meme band. After all, “Photograph” recently got its own Google commercial featuring the band for its never-ending pop culture moment. Alongside that 2005 hit, “Rockstar” is also alive and well on the TikTok song circulation. Nickelback’s track got mixed with 21 Savage and Post Malone‘s version of “Rockstar” to deliver a set of excellent dancing memes that are peak 2021.
“Where Is The Love?” – Black Eyed Peas
2003 called and said we could take the Black Eyed Peas and their Elephunk track “Where Is The Love?” into the 2020s. This 2000s hit worked for a new trend that emerged in quarantine where participants used the song intro to hop into something they probably shouldn’t do. Siblings out there will laugh at the joke one user shared: “Me omw to annoy my sister cause im bored.”
“Hollaback Girl” – Gwen Stefani
We all know that Gwen Stefani is an unstoppable force who used to rule the ska world. Now TikTok is furthering her legacy through the “Hollaback Girl” dance challenge. The Stefani TikTok sound is paired with Beyoncé‘s hit track “Yonce,” which means both these songs will get carried on into the future, as they should.
“Paper Planes” – M.I.A.
M.I.A. went off when she released “Paper Planes” on her 2007 album, Kala, and its momentum hasn’t slowed down in more than a decade. Similarly to MGMT, this song has unique elements that make it easy on the ears and perfect for all TikTok occasions such as when users are making crafting videos, working at a construction site or using wheelie chairs at the skatepark. The “Paper Planes” sound has more than 300,000 videos, many of them with 1 million views.
“Bodies” – Drowning Pool
“Bodies” by Drowning Pool is always a great track to release some steam. In the world of TikTok meme culture, it’s the best soundtrack to add to videos where the subject is going rogue, such as in the case of this tiny piglet that went viral last year. There was also a viral trend using the whispered song intro for a joke that could be easily stitched between users.
“Numb” – Linkin Park
Linkin Park‘s “Numb” will be immortalized on the internet through various memes on both YouTube and TikTok. On the app, “Numb” has more than 50,000 videos uploaded, and there’s an abundance of dance remixes that made their way into videos as well.
“Last Resort” – Papa Roach
Papa Roach revamped themselves in a big and glorious way thanks to TikTok user Jeris Johnson, who gave “Last Resort” a modern musical makeover with his own verse and trap beats. As a result, the video went viral. So viral, in fact, that it led to a brand-new music video where Papa Roach collaborated with the video creator, which has already garnered more than 1 million views in less than one month. If Gen Z is discovering Papa Roach for the first time, you’re more than welcome, kiddos.