TikTok has unveiled an outlook report, #YearOnTikTok 2021, in celebration of 2021-of-a-kind, which has been made possible by entertainment driven by its community

This year-end celebration recognises talent and looks back on creativity, trends, creators, movements, and moments that made 2021 one to remember.

Placed under different categories, Year on TikTok 2021 ranges from breakthrough stars of 2021 to  popular songs that kept Kenyans on their feet dancing.

As seen this year alone, TikTok has become a unique place where culture starts and where creativity knows no bounds – where anyone can discover, create, and share content they love. In 2021, over 1 billion people turned to TikTok to be entertained, find and share their joy with others, and learn new things.

Boniswa Sidwaba, TikTok Content Operations Manager, Africa said it’s been incredible to see how Kenyans continued to grow and support one another this year on the platform.

“We’ve seen popular trends spread across For You feeds. We’re humbled to see how much joy our community has brought us this year, and we’re excited to experience more incredible moments as we continue this journey together.”

Vanessa Pappas, Chief Operating Officer, TikTok said there’s something really special about TikTok’s diverse global community that people just can’t find anywhere else.

“For us, 2021 was a year for connection and we’ve seen people on TikTok laughing together, entertaining us, starting cultural phenomenons, and teaching us new things. It’s been incredible to see the depths of entertainment and creativity from this community, and we’re delighted to celebrate all the ways we’ve come together this year on TikTok.”

Here is the Year on TikTok 2021 report:

#MusicOnTikToK : Most popular music hashtag in Kenya

From homemade beats to classics making a comeback, the songs on your For You feed made viewers hit repeat. In 2021, trending songs on TikTok came from established, emerging, and breakthrough artists, spanning a range of genres as diverse as TikTok community itself.

In 2021, these were the top 10 songs that were loved most on the platform and got the country dancing:

  1. Naanzaje – Diamond Platnumz    
  2. Running (To You) –  Chiké & Simi
  3. Sukari – Zuchu
  4. Nimekuzoea – Nandy
  5. Touch It – KiDi
  6. Baikoko – Mbosso
  7. Jennifer – Guchi
  8. Ni Wewe – KILLY X HARMONIZE
  9. Fall – Mbosso
  10.  Dangerous – Jah Prayzah

TikTok will be releasing a global music report on the December 13. Here are a few of TikTok community’s videos enjoying their favourite songs this year.

  1. Diamond Platnumz – Naanzaje  
  2. sn_hassan – Running (To You)  
  3. shanahmendoza – Sukari   
  4.  ajibgathoni  – Nimekuzoea
  5. martinaglez__ – Baikoko

FYFaves: Popular videos

TikTok videos transcend cultures and borders to reach For You feeds everywhere. 2021 saw For You feeds filled with trending videos across beloved categories including comedy, nostalgia, animals, and family videos. Check out the videos that make up some of this year’s memorable moments.

  1. @vick_brandon – He’s crazy! #vicbrandon
  2. @azz_iad – Our Queen,#azziad
  3.  @comedycartel – #viral prank
  4. @theroamingchef – #foodtiktok
  5. @mr_mbilimbili  – Don’t threaten me

Powered by Joy: Videos that brought so much joy

Whether TikTok videos make you smile or laugh in unexpected ways, one thing’s for sure: TikTok sparks joy. This year, family, celebs, and entertainment culture are some of the popular content categories that delighted the global community. Take in the good vibes from the videos that brought you so much joy this year.

  1. @mimokaranja – Chunga sana!
  2. @vick_brandon – He is dead! #vicbrandon
  3. @mukenyavibes – Selfies are the worst
  4. @yessjamal – An unbelievably high jump
  5. @kelvinikwara – We love Kelvin!

Breakthrough Stars: Creators, celebrities and public figures on the rise

As the beating heart of TikTok, creators make the TikTok community what it is today. “We’re humbled and excited to see so many creators entertain and connect with communities as well as launch careers on and off the platform.” Here are the TikTok creators who broke out and hit new heights this year.

  1. @vick_brandon – The king of characters
  2. @candy_and_the_king  – Our favourite foreigners in Kenya!
  3. @justtotallyrandom – Comedy Queen
  4. @azz_iad – Azz_iad

Only on TikTok: Trends powered by TikTok features

Creativity has no limits on TikTok, and our community continues to discover and create new ways to share entertaining content with the world. Here are the TikTok trends made possible by our tools and effects, and your creativity in 2021.

  1. Real Me – @rue.baby2
  2. TikTok Times –@denniskarari
  3. Big Belly – @sialoqueen
  4. Photo Crop –  @bidan_qurux

Voices of Change: Creators, celebrities and public figures at the forefront of social movements and moments

This year, TikTok continued to be a safe space for creators and our community to come together, lift each other up, and support the causes they care about. TikTok said it has supported causes they cared most about throughout the year. Find out more about the impactful creators continue to fight for positive change.

  1. #Mashujaaday- @musyok.iii
  2. African History – @swiry_nyar_kano
  3. Money Time! – @moneygossip

Eats on Repeat: #FoodTok trends and other favorites

Foodies around the world continued to find a home on TikTok this year. Locally, we’ve seen local cuisine come alive on the platform through hashtags such as #foodieske#kenyanfood – check out some recipes and funny food hacks that got Kenyans craving this year.

  1. Funny food challenge – @haanoocadee
  2. #Food- @Theroamingchef

To celebrate the talent that came out of 2021 on TikTok at the 2021 #TTCreatorFesthe company will host an event on Saturday, 10 December at 10:00 & Sunday, 11 December at 09:00 on TikTok.

“To access the festivities, check out the Discover Page on TikTok and click on the #TTCreatorFest banner to access the sessions. Day 1 of the all-virtual conference-style LIVES will be dedicated to looking back at the most significant TikTok moments of 2021 and the trendsetters behind them. Day 2 of the fest will be dedicated to empowering new creators and sharing tips on how to become a success on TikTok in 2022 & beyond.”

To celebrate your own #YearOnTikTok, TikTok also launched #AskOnTikTok, a new Q&A feature inviting you to look back on your most memorable moments in 2021.

“Simply choose which questions you want to answer about your year in the app. People can choose a question like “What was your 2021 highlight?” or “what was your happiest moment of 2021?” and answer it in a new creation or by sharing a previous TikTok video,” the company explained in a statement.