Medieval Jams Are Taking Over TikTok


Stantough’s “Hips Don’t Lie” Medieval Cover is a Medieval Style Cover of Shakira’s 2005 song “Hips Don’t Lie” first released to YouTube in late June 2020. The song inspired Medieval Tapestry Edit greenscreen TikTok videos in late August 2020 that caused the hashtag #MedievalTikTok to trend on the platform.


On June 30th, 2020, YouTuber stantough published “Shakira – Hips Don’t Lie [Bardcore / Medieval Style Cover]” which garnered over 1.9 million views and 135,000 likes in two months.


Medieval Style Cover, also known as Bardcore/Tavernwave refers to a musical genre in which people cover an existing song with instrumentation that was more common during the Middle Ages. The style has been growing on YouTube since the late 2000s. Musician and composer Paul Vakna was one of the earliest experimenters in the genre, posting medieval music on his YouTube channel since February 8th, 2009, and has generated over 17 million views as of June 8th, 2020. Of his videos, the “Medieval Music – ‘Hardcore’ Party Mix” (shown below) has gained over 7 million views since it was posted on July 6th, 2013.


On August 16th, 2020, TikToker dietblack uploaded the first medieval-inspired greenscreen video using the cover labeled “original sound – alien_boy_forest” on the platform. The video captioned, “me after someonetells me ‘good day’ instead of ‘goodmorning'” gained over 162,700 likes in four days. On August 18th, TikToker veganhotdog26 uploaded a variation captioned, “me after eating a piece of bread with cheese” which garnered over 246,400 likes in two days. The next day, TikToker kelsieneumann uploaded another popular example that accumulated over 104,200 likes in a day. The trend caused the hashtag #medievaltiktok to trend on the platform and acquired over 87 million views.

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