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TikTok’s Newest Confusing Trend Explained 2024

The Meaning Behind TikTok’s ‘I Think I Like This Little Life’ Trend


Go TikToker Cordelia!!

A single lyric from a song by young singer-songwriter Cordelia has gone viral on TikTok under the hashtag #ithinkilikethislittlelife, with videos ranging from sincere thoughts to running gags.

The song “Little Life,” published last year, talks about embracing simple pleasures. In the chorus, British singer-songwriter Cordelia O’Driscoll, who goes by her first name professionally, says, “I think I like this little life.”

The song gained popularity at the end of 2023 on TikTok, when people began posting idyllic videos of daily moments in their life with a lyric from the song playing in the background. However, it quickly became a joke, with users surprising those around them by spontaneously singing the chorus. At the time of writing, the hashtag has 452 million views on TikTok.

In a video with 5.3 million views on TikTok that followed the initial craze and was labeled “POV, you live with your best friend,” a young woman constructed a beautiful montage of daily life with her friend—making pancakes, drinking coffee, and snuggling beneath blankets on the couch with candles.

Incoming – Second Wave of Craze

In the second wave of the craze, individuals began accentuating the singer’s intonation, where her voice lilts on the first word of the now-famous song, by unexpectedly breaking into the refrain to shock their lovers, children, and even dogs—with emotions ranging from displeasure and confusion to delight. In one video, which has over 22 million views and over two million likes, a mom surprised her young boy by singing the line.

In another video on the trend, a TikTok user remarked, “It was a joke, now it’s an addiction.” The video, which has been viewed over 19 million times and received over two million likes, shows a young woman dramatically singing the lyric on a night out with her companions.

@krazysarai i think he likes this little life? #momlife #boymom #fyp ♬ Little Life – Cordelia

Cordelia, who graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017, published four songs as an EP last year on her Spotify account, which currently has over one million monthly listeners.

Cordelia told TIME, in written responses supplied by her publicist, that she has been overwhelmed and happy by the response. She first noticed the song gaining traction in mid-November. A few others had created compilation videos with the music, and a duet video of her reacting to one went viral.

The trend caught on, and within a month, videos featuring her song had accumulated approximately 500,000 views on Instagram and TikTok, she claims.

“It’s so absurd and so far from anything I could have expected with the song that you just have to sit back and appreciate the wild route the internet has taken [with] it, as well as some people’s actual ingenuity. “It’s incredible to watch,” she tells TIME. “The whole thing is just so funny to me, that this little song I composed about enjoying the little things in life has resulted in a global viral meme. I’m ready for it.”

Craziest Results

Cordelia recently shared on TikTok her astonished reaction to clips of notable actors at the Critics Choice Awards, including Poor Things’ Mark Ruffalo and The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri, repeating her song lyrics.

@cordeliaetc #duet with @reece #criticschoiceawards not clear any of them have heard the song or know what this is about but STILL #littlelife #cordelia #ithinkilikethislittlelife ♬ Little Life – Cordelia

Since the trend went viral, Cordelia says the song is on its way to six million streams, the music video she made cut together from footage her father shot of her when she was two years old has 133,000 views, and the rest of the songs on her EP “have also jumped massively, which has been so nice to see.” She claims many people have messaged her to express their support, tell her how much they love the song, how it has affected them, or to share covers and remixes.

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