Vine has become more than just a video-sharing platform for comedic teens; in the last two years, the app has proven to be music’s secret weapon. When a song hits the right note with Vine-users, it has the potential to become a huge hit or even further establish its chart dominance. One of the platform’s biggest stories is the pop-star breakout of teen Viner Shawn Mendes, who found himself with a Number One hit this summer after gaining traction with the covers he posted on the app. In the spirit of his success, here are 10 individual tunes that ruled Vine across the year and served as the perfect soundtrack to a series of creative short clips.
Dawin has found incredible success via Vine with not only this year’s “Dessert,” but also last year’s “Just Girly Things.” “Dessert” has gained particular traction with its sugary-sweet lyrics and bubbly drop in the middle of the chorus. Recalling the similarly meme-able drop in Baauer’s pre-Vine “Harlem Shake,” “Dessert” has launched a collection of dance-friendly recreations, like the one by brothers Logan and Jake Paul with special guest George Janko in a gingerbread-man bodysuit.
The dystopian, orchestral “Run” is one of Awolnation’s most cinematic and epic songs. About halfway through the track, the track strips away to just the strings, then cuts the music out entirely for the singer say “run” before starting back up heavier and more industrial than ever. This type of rock drop makes for the perfect Vine meme, as seen in the umbrella video by Jon Mala; it was also parodied perfectly by Danny Gonzalez playing a man named Ron who is perpetually followed by the drop every time he tries to say his name.
ILoveMemphis, “Hit the Quan”
Formerly known as IHeart Memphis, rapper ILoveMemphis found the key to viral success this year with his dance craze “Hit the Quan.” Inspired by a languid pelvic thrust Rich Homie Quan does in his “Flex” video, Memphis turned that one move into not only a song but a widely-imitated string of choreography that has leapt from Vine fame onto the charts and into the mainstream consciousness. Cole LaBrant parodied the insane reach of the song and dance with the help of his parents in his Vine, though the uses of the song range from simply recreating the moves to sketches to very literal interpretations of “hitting the Quan.”
Chedda Da Connect, “Flicka Da Wrist”
Not only did the trap track “Flicka Da Wrist” become a huge club hit, but the tune also spawned one of the funniest uses of any popular track this year. The song title’s repetition inspired fans to reimagine movie and cartoon sceneson Vine, like No Chill Novia’s revised soundtrack to a ball scene in Romeo and Juliet. It also took over Sports Vine, thanks to basketball fans, and helped make everyday wrist movements even more turnt.
Kalin and Myles, “Trampoline”
Bouncy hip-pop tune “Trampoline” was made to be a Vine sensation and the track delivered this year as musicians Kalin and Myles provided the perfect soundtrack to a series of creative Vines as infectious as the track’s beat. Dancers Lucas and Marcus put their own spin on it while others kept their bounce simple or a bit more surreal.
Nicholas Fraser, “Why You Always Lying”
Viner Nicholas Fraser’s “Why You Lyin” is the only song on this list to begin as a Vine parody that was later expanded into a single. The six-second remix of Next’s 1997 hit “Too Close” turned an already ridiculous R&B hit about a guy getting a little too excited on the dance floor into an anthem for everyone who has ever caught someone in the act of straight-up lying. The original Vine was a massive hit on its own, becoming a favorite of viewers of all ages and the subject for some charming parodies.
T-Wayne, “Nasty Freestyle”
It only took the first couple lines of T-Wayne’s “Nasty Freestyle” for the song to become the subject of many dance vines and a continuation of the Whip craze re-launched by Silentó. The track took off on Vine with users making it the soundtrack for situational memes, like Jerry Purpdrank’s clip, or even as a commentary on how the song and its dance was reaching beyond the kids using the video-sharing phone app.
Drake, “Hotline Bling”
“Hotline Bling” was such a pervasive hit in 2015 that, of course, it took over Vine. The video, featuring Drake’s corny but passionate dancing, was particularly meme-able, with users pretending that his moves were practice for being a Pokémon trainer, a Jedi or a tennis player.
Silentó, “Watch Me”
The year’s biggest dance trend wasn’t even an original dance; the secret of Silentó’s “Watch Me” was the combination of two previously pervasive dances, the Whip and the Nae Nae, into one deluxe package. “Watch Me” launched not only straightforward attempts at the simple moves, as shown in Cameron Dallas’ clip, but also lyrical parodies and instructional videos on how to use the moves in your everyday life.
Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen”
“Trap Queen” didn’t need Vine to become one of pop’s biggest smashes this year, but the app didn’t exactly hurt its cultural omnipresence either. Across the platform, Viners parodied all parts of the song, turning “1738” into a history lesson, as Jack and Jack did, and answering the tune with some cool dance moves.