TikTok's #AlbumLookAlike challenge combines everything that makes the app a success — it's funny, witty with a dash of DIY panache and every video ends with a punchline.
It all started on April 25 when TikToker kellameier uploaded a video with the caption, "when my mom asks what my backup plan is if I fail calc." The clip answers that question, with the honey blonde teenager climbing on top of a pile of black clothes (or is it a suitcase?), recreating the cover art for Travis Scott's single, Pornography which flashes on the screen to drive the point home.
jk... unless? ##fyp
From there, others took her lead and started what would become one of the most popular meme formats on the app. Today #AlbumLookAlike has garnered over 4.5 billion views. It's a simple enough arrangement, often soundtracked to creator @.arjunn’s remix of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Kathy’s Waltz, that can be mimicked and applied to any situation.
From sending someone a message about moving too fast in a relationship with the help of Migos to flexing time management skills with Roddy Ricch's Rockstar, this trend has shown no sign of slowing down.
Though, the best part of any meme is when celebrities join in. It began with Tyga, who posted a video with the caption "when she say show me some attention or imma leave" then turned around and recreated Chris Brown's Deuces, a song he laid a guest verse on along with Kevin McCall. "Imagine being famous enough to do thus trend with a song you’re in," one commenter wrote.
Meanwhile, Kesha dropped the most meta video on the app, by recreating the pose from the cover art for her single, TiK ToK. It's great to see TiK ToK and Tiktok finally meet.
While most users have used this trend just to air grievances with partners, parents, or friends, TikToker Jamie Gabrielle seized the moment to tell everyone even though she may cry too much, she doesn't care and used Dua Lipa's IDGAF to drive the message home.
Meanwhile, one user took her chance to play around with some fake blood and admit they texted their ex against everyone's advice by recreating the cover art for The Weeknd's Too Late.
Then there are those who have replicated unbelievable makeup looks from album covers using jokes that will make their parents squirm. For what it's worth, it got Jason Derulo's tick of approval, who commented "This ??."
It's difficult to not appreciate the dedication it takes to draw on a sharpie beard just to send a sly message to your boyfriend with the help of Drake's Nice For What.
For some users, TikTok has been the platform for them to show off their culinary expertise. Eitan, who has garnered over 1 million followers decided to use the #AlbumLookAlike challenge to set the record straight about his cooking. "Is your food even good?!" reads the caption, before he lets the cover for Lizzo's Good As Hell do the talking for him.
This one user is just mad that her free Spotify subscription is interfering with her TikTok jokes. Thanks to Jess Glynne's Nevermind she gets her point across.
And if you needed proof that TikTok jokes have no rules, this user recreated the cover of David Shannon's book, A Case Of The Stripes.