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These TikTok songs earn the most money

While we hear a lot about how streaming on platforms like Spotify is only financially beneficial to a handful of artists, less is known about what TikTok does for an artist’s bottom line. Here we look at a breakdown and comparison of the two.

Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0

Making some real money from streaming seems to only apply to the top 0.1% of artists, and we’ve seen numerous studies that have indicated enormous revenue generated by a handful of artists. That’s on audio streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music though. What about TikTok? Here’s a list of songs that are raking in the royalties right now, but read to the end to better understand why.

TrackArtistPayout RankSpotify avg. payout ($.0045 per play)Spotify playsTik Tok plays
MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)Lil Nas X1$2,992,743665,054,0051,694,857,032
Astronaut In The OceanMasked Wolf2$2,693,099598,466,3383,395,396,227
good 4 uOlivia Rodrigo3$2,275,954505,767,531965,217,397
Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)Doja Cat4$1,976,048439,121,7611,418,308,783
Day ‘n’ NiteKid Cudi5$1,856,185412,485,4943,270,587,639
telepatíaKali Uchis6$1,765,858392,412,8071,202,594,351
deja vuOlivia Rodrigo7$1,742,185387,152,327768,229,907
UpCardi B8$1,374,870305,526,5862,502,055,026
LevitatingDua Lipa9$1,103,350245,188,889768,229,907
Rasputin (7″ Version)Boney M.11$566,568125,904,0954,775,873,193
Body (Remix) [feat. ArrDee, E1 (3×3), ZT (3×3), Bugzy Malone, Buni, Fivio]Tion Wayne & Russ Millions12$550,248122,277,402925,810,530
Cry Baby (feat. DaBaby)Megan Thee Stallion13$486,538108,119,4722,302,265,163
Buss ItErica Banks14$378,17384,038,5106,264,706,275
Two®Lil Uzi Vert15$318,80870,846,143798,036,109
Моя голова винтомkostromin16$216,17848,039,4911,506,892,080
Jalebi BabyTesher17$199,82544,405,5661,600,475,838
Oh NoKreepa18$114,93325,540,57930,406,767,266
CastawaysThe Backyardigans19$97,86821,748,4691,137,190,199
Steven UniverseL.Dre20$96,53121,451,34910,681,174,626
PlasticUnghetto Mathieu21$92,58120,573,4691,768,567,021
Renai Circulation (English Cover) [TV Size]Lizz Robinett22$59,15713,146,0311,190,823,818
Punk MonkPlayboi Carti24$41,8209,293,274277,408,385
Clap For ‘Em (feat. Flo Milli & Sada Baby)YungManny25$34,9137,758,473924,950,148
Into The Thick Of It!The Backyardigans26$26,2775,839,408705,316,447
Monkeys Spinning MonkeysKevin MacLeod27$14,5773,239,30331,612,975,815
VANO 3000VANO 300028$13,3732,971,757270,286,219
Hai phút hơnmarlene29$10,0952,243,2444,754,857,749

Understand that this is the money generated by these artists on Spotify, not TikTok. Here’s why:

  • There’s a direct correlation between the number of TikTok plays and the number of Spotify streams. That’s not always the case though, because as you look on down the list there are songs that have hundreds of millions and even billions of TikTok plays, but haven’t generated the same kind of buzz on Spotify.
  • You don’t get paid by the number of plays on TikTok. In fact, you get paid by the number of videos that play your song. For instance, a song that has a million plays from 1 video won’t make as much as a song that has 1 million plays from 100 videos.
  • We still don’t have a good handle on how much artists are making from TikTok, other than it’s great publicity for the song. As a result, people will go to other streaming services to hear the song in its entirety.

Keep in mind that the chart of TikTok songs above was from the last 6 months of rankings by TikTokBoard. For most of the artists that made the list, that’s a pretty good start to the year.

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