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What does #AccidentalMusic mean?

On the social media app TikTok, #AccidentalMusic is an internet trend where users record and share videos (using that hashtag) of them making music out of sounds from everyday objects.

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Where does #AccidentalMusic come from?


#AccidentalMusic is the name of a social media trend where users on TikTok make sounds out of everyday objects. The hashtag, which began in 2019, usually has users discovering how various, random objects make interesting music, hence accidental. Frequently, users set the sounds to popular songs.

Screenshot of TikTok

The hashtag appeared in TikTok’s own trending section in early May 2019. It appears to be initially spurred by a video made by @ugly_scorpio. In the video (whose post doesn’t include the hashtag), the user raps the opening lines of Run-DMC’s 1987 song “It’s Tricky” (“This speech is my recital, I think it’s very vital”) using the clicking noise of her stove’s pilot light as the beat.


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♬ original sound – gremlin (they/them)

Another popular video includes an opera singer belting notes to the tones of an electric toothbrush. Chopping vegetables, drinking glasses, squeaky sinks, computer sounds? Those can be make #AccidentalMusic, too!


♬ original sound – katiwolf712

As of July 2019, videos tagged #AccidentalMusic have earned nearly 180 million views on TikTok.

Examples of #AccidentalMusic

Pretty sure they wrote this song using a light-up drill #accidentalmusic

@alispagnola, TikTok, May 2019
What's that sound you hear? This week, people took a turn at musicality that can be found all around us with #AccidentalMusic. Everyday objects are being used to produce sounds by TikTok users using their creativity to build that noise into an ear-worm. ... TikTok shows that you never know when a banger is going to pop off.
TikTok, August 2019
Screenshot of @youngerhunger / TikTok

Who uses #AccidentalMusic?

#AccidentalMusic is principally used on TikTok, though people may additionally use the hashtag when sharing TikTok videos on other platforms such as Twitter or Instagram.

In #AccidentalMusic videos, users generally—and with very creative applications of random or mundane objects—replicate well-known songs with distinct opening beats or sounds.

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