Music, popularly known as TikTok Sounds, is the key to the viral app. Sounds not only help with creativity, but are also a strategic growth tool.
Understanding and using the sounds of TikTok is a great way to help your business or brand grow.
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What are TikTok sounds?
TikTok Sounds (including Original Audio) is the backbone of TikTok.
If you had a scroll on the TikTok For You page, you probably noticed a pattern. Every single video uses either sounds or original audio. And in most cases, multiple videos actually have the same song as you scroll! That most likely means that it is either trending or viral.
TikTok sounds are powerful – using trending sounds or creating a great original audio track is a great opportunity to bring your content to a wider audience. And hey – you can even go viral!
Musicians actually have made a fortune after going viral on TikTok thanks to the platform’s ability to showcase the artist who made the sound. Did you know that Lil Nas x old town street started on TikTok?
Not only musicians have created viral sounds, but also brands, companies and creators.
How to navigate TikTok sounds
By using trending sounds (and all sounds) in TikTok, you can take your content to the next level. From the Kardashians audio clips to trending songs, everything you want can be found in the sound library.
If you open up TikTok and start scrolling the FYP, you’ll notice how each and every video is accompanied by a title – whether it’s original audio or from the TikTok sound library.
There are several ways to choose a TikTok sound for your video. You can browse the TikTok sound library, save songs used by other users, or create your own.
We’ll break everything down for you.
TikTok sound library
The magic happens in the TikTok Sounds Library. Here you can browse TikTok’s entire music library.
It’s always changing and very easy to use – organized by genre, popularity, trends and a lot more! Access the sound library by tapping “+” on the home screen and tapping “Sounds” at the top.
You can also search for sounds on TikTok’s Discover page. Just enter the title in the search bar and search for “sounds” at the top.
Trending songs are constantly changing and are based on the TikTok algorithm. It is based on the behavior of the TikTok users, video sharing, saving and of course playing.
Trending sounds are a great way to maximize your video’s visibility and increase the chances of landing on the “For You” page.
@jazlynebaybeeEmbracing our cultures ## fyp ## foryou ## foryoupage ## cookislands ## korean ## petlife ## bestfandom ## workdistractions ## siblingcheck ## OpenForDelivery ## couple ♬ Laxed (Siren Beat) – Jawsh 685
TikTok for you page
As you scroll through your For You page, you may come across a video with the perfect title.
When you find a song that you want to use, just tap the sound. You will be redirected to the audio page. Here you can either tap “Use this tone” immediately to film, or tap “Add to favorites” to save it for later.
How to add sounds to your TikTok videos
Now that you know where to find sounds on TikTok, it’s time to learn how to actually add sounds to your TikTok video.
Add TikTok sounds to existing videos
When creating a TikTok using content from your camera roll, you can either upload the video with your own audio or add a sound from the TikTok sound library.
First tap on “+”. Upload your content, then tap Sounds in the lower left corner.
Here’s a look at recommended songs and sounds based on your video – including some curated trending options.
Scroll through the entire sounds library. You can choose between playlists, trending and viral songs, new music and much more. To use a song from your favorites, tap Favorites.
Once you’ve chosen your song, click and drag the sound waves to choose which part of the song you want to play in your video.
When you land where you want your sound to begin, tap the check mark.
As you build your TikTok – before you get into the sound library – you’ll notice some recommended sounds at the bottom of the screen that you can use seamlessly with little effort. These sounds are TikTok’s suggestions for you based on the video you are editing.
Are you ready to create your first TikTok? Here’s everything you need to know to start making your first video.
Adding TikTok sounds to new videos
By adding music while recording content in TikTok, the music can guide you and your creativity in real time.
Step 1: Tap “+” to start recording
Step 2: Select Sounds at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Browse the sound library, tap and select the sound.
Step 4: Record your video and the sound you choose will play as you film.
How to create original TikTok sounds
The original sounds range from people singing and creating voiceovers to music mashups and viral commentary.
The great thing about original sounds? They can be displayed in trending and recommended categories. And mostly original sounds are made by independent creators rather than great artists! This is a tremendous growth opportunity.
Take, for example, the viral hit “Bored in the House” from @curtisroach.
@curtisroach Ever get bored indoors? 🔥🔥 ## checkthisout ## bored ## fyp ## foryou ## xycba ## rap ## viral ♬ BORN IN THE HOUSE – Curtis Roach
One important thing to remember is that whatever you record on TikTok can be used as a sound that will be used by someone else. When a song is recorded on TikTok, it becomes an original track. This means that no sounds were used other than your own voice.
Take, for example, Lad Bible’s own Darude Soapstorm, also known as DIY Sandstorm. This sound was uploaded natively and now contains over 400 videos using the same sound from a number of developers.
To create your own original audio, you can either speak while filming in the app, or you can record a voice-over after filming. Learn how to record a voiceover here.
When you upload a video from your camera roll, the audio from that video will play. You can adjust the audio by tapping Volume on the right.
TIP: Once you’ve created an original sound, check out your sound by tapping the audio in the lower right to see if someone else used it to create a video. You never know what you will find.
Now that you know all about TikTok sounds, it is time to explore and use these tools to further develop (and improve) your TikTok marketing strategy.
Wondering how you or your company can get started with TikTok? Take part in our free 10-day TikTok challenge Here.