TikTok’s Best of 2022 Includes Corn Kid, Rosalía Chewing Gum, and More


TikTok’s roundup of the biggest moments of 2022 is here — there’s a giant chocolate giraffe, musician Rosalía’s chewing gum, and a viral remix of Tariq, aka “Corn Kid.” But one thing stands out: the number of views on TikTok’s top clips is much smaller than in years past.

The videos on TikTok’s FYFaves list all have millions of views and are said to be the most viral content on the app. The list is curated, however, and leaves out other videos with high views and engagement, so it’s not a direct representation of the top-performing clips on the platform this year.

Still, the list offers a glimpse of what’s been successful on TikTok, and over the past three years, views on the #1 spot have been trending downward.

This year’s top spot for US users is a video of a pastry chef slowly building a huge chocolate giraffe statue, with soft piano music playing in the clip. It has been viewed over 308 million times. Compare that to last year’s #1 video, a dance video shot with a drone, which had 314 million views when the 2021 report was released. And both pale in comparison to the best video of 2020: TikTok star Bella Poarch lip-syncs “M to the B”. At the time, it had been watched over half a billion times.

The only recurring appearance is from @chipmunksoftiktok, who won runner-up this year and last year.

A drop in the number of views of the best video does not necessarily mean that fewer people are watching TikTok. All of the videos on the top 10 list had tens or hundreds of millions of views, and many videos uploaded to TikTok had similar views but did not make the list.

What’s omitted from TikTok’s top videos list is just as interesting as what made the cut. For example, Khaby Lame, who became the most followed TikToker earlier this year, is nowhere to be found in the report. TikTok did not provide data on how top videos are selected – for example, what tops a clip with 100 million views over another or how “trend” is measured.

Here’s the full list of TikTok’s “Most Memorable Moments” of 2022. Browsing through it, the chocolatier caught me off guard – I’ve never seen the video or even heard of this creator, a testament to nature stovepipe of TikTok and the hyper-tailored feed that every algorithm spits out. Some of the other clips, like the low energy “Jiggle Jiggle” video, use an inevitably viral sound but never appeared on my FYP. The version of TikTok we each use is so different that it almost seems counterproductive to try to make a top list that represents the app as a whole.

How many of them have you ever heard of?


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