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What do Harry Potter, Will Smith, Shakira, and a world record science experiment all have in common? They all made it into the top 20 most viewed TikTok videos of the year. Just last week, TikTok released their Top 100 breakdown of this year on the app. From viral videos to favorite trends, TikTok was a major source of entertainment and culture during the crap shoot that was 2020. So let’s take a look back at the most viewed TikTok videos of 2020 and see just how wild this year was.
- 2.2 billion views
They rejected my application to Hogwarts but I still found a way to be a wizard. 🧹#illusion #magic #harrypotter
Zach is, quite literally, the king of special effects on TikTok. No matter how many times you watch this video, it’s still baffling, which is probably why it has over 2 billion views to date. We may never know how he flew around, but it’s obvious why this is the most viewed TikTok video of 2020 (hint: it’s not magic).
- 1.7 billion views
Welcome to the Sisters Christmas Party! 🎅🏻❤️ #fyp #christmas #HolidayBeat
Tis the season, sisters! James was in the holiday spirit when he made this video last year, but it’s still one the second most viewed TikTok in 2020. Honestly, does anyone know where I can get one of those sparkly ornament grenades? It would make decorating so much easier.
- 965 million views
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty?? #perspective #magic
Remember that trend where everything was cake? Yeah, it was awful, but this video is undeniably cool regardless. When it comes to King, expect the unexpected.
- 950 million views
This is the best hiding spot ever #hideandseek #magic
Be prepared for a lot of Zach King on this top list. His videos never fail to amaze and this one is no exception. Hide and seek anxiety is a real thing, and I’m glad to see it getting the attention it deserves.
- 658.6 million views
⚠️ Caution wet paint. Who watched until the end??
I’ve never seen a “wet paint” sign in real life, but I’ve watched this video countless times. The subverted expectations and clever looping are two things Zach does best. Did you watch it all the way through? Are you sure?
- 504.1 million views
To the 🐝 🐝 🐝 #fyp
Bet you’re glad I didn’t say Zach King again. Bella Poarch rose to internet fame this year and became one of the top TikTok women on the app. She is the seventh most followed person, beating out Dixie D’Amelio and Will Smith.
- 276.1 million views
i had to do it before my mom did…. goodnight dc @besperon
There’s no denying Addison Rae’s TikTok fame, so when this trend came around everyone knew her video would be viral. Her views skyrocketed and this still remains one of the most viewed TikTok videos of the year.
- 275.8 million views
You guys (literally) asked for this 😂 #comedy #fyp #wtbdijw
What do you get when you put together a full jug of milk, makeshift plastic cup pointe shoes, and wood floors? Kison Kee’s viral video. The fall itself is priceless, but it’s really the calm reaction after that makes this so rewatchable.
- 265.7 million views
Worlds Largest Elephant Toothpaste experiment w/@daviddobrik #winterbreak #elephanttoothpaste #scienceexperiments #nickuhas #foam #chemistry
Give me a fourth grade science class experiment, but make it gargantuan and vaguely terrifying. This video is captifying for both its effortless depiction of human hubris and, obviously, the beauty and magic of chemistry.
- 259.9 million views
I don’t remember making this…? @chrisashley
This is a story all about how Will Smith took the #wipeitdown trend and gave us an iconic crossover video. This trend gave us incredible cosplays, jokes, and night out looks from across the internet. Will Smith, however, stayed at the top with his take on the trend.
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- 248.3 million views
our performances be so good, its scary😳🤣 @javierr
This is like everyone’s worst nightmare, but seeing someone else do it on purpose was hilarious. 248.3 million views and 25.2 million likes kind of hilarious. Plus, when you hear Shakira, you have to dance. And if you dance, you have to sing.
- 233.6 million views
its official: we are the CEO’s of this sound🤷♂️🔥 @justjonathan14
How do you follow an incredible escalator performance like Maiko? Well, you get an adorable kid to dance with you. When the pandemic is over, I fully expect a third installment to this amazing series of escalator videos.
- 219.6 million views
@imkevinhart is getting nothing but coal this year. #badsanta
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart have a somewhat… rocky friendship. These two are an unmatched comedic duo, and they know exactly how to play their cards. This video is just one piece of proof, but there’s plenty more on TikTok and elsewhere.
- 217.1 million views
Shaving prank gone wrong 😱💈 #trend #comedy #prank #fail
You know when something is so awful you just can’t look away? Well 217 million people had that same reaction watching Spencer shave his eyebrow off. It might ruin a family photo, but it makes for a great TikTok.
- 193.6 million views
😆ok it was actually fun making this one
Bella Poarch has made it onto the list again. The video is similar to her other viral hit, just speaking to her knowledge of her fanbase. She hits every beat.
- 185.9 million views
World record experiment
Remember that elephant toothpaste video from before? This is one of the test runs before the finale explosion. It’s amazing to see the size of this experiment compared with the magnitude of the end product. Bill Nye is right, kids, science rules.
- 168.5 million views
It’s wholesome. It’s pure. It is the antidote to all of your worries. It’s The Rock’s best friend check. They may play rivals, but we all know the truth behind the bromance.
- 166.4 million views
#duet with @bellapoarch I just realized this is the most liked tiktok video😭💕 Thank you and I love you guys🥺💕
What do you do when you create the most liked TikTok video? Do it again.
- 165.5 million views
😌Knock at the door🚪
Someone’s knockin’ at the door. Somebody’s ringin’ the bell. Do me a favor. Open the door, and let Bella Poarch in.
- 154.6 million views
We close our list with the queen of TikTok herself, Charli D’Amelio. This family dance is her most viewed Tikok and puts her at number 20 on our list. Her mom and dad’s reactions are priceless, and make this video all the better.
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