TikTok trend explained: Back in the day

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There's nothing like revisiting something from your childhood you look back on with fond memories only to see there's a newer version tainting those precious memories.

TikTok's latest trend is all about ruined nostalgia, with people taking to the video-sharing app to share the things they used to love but now don't enjoy as much anymore because they've been "ruined" by modernised versions.

Screenshots of TikToks using the trend.
TikTokers are using the sound to describe things from the past that are not as good as they used to be. Source: TikTok

Users mouth along with a catchy rap that goes: "Back in the day, me and you baby, we used to have fun / until you delivered that baby, look that’s not my son!”

While they do so, they show the thing they used to love and the new version in the background.

What is the actual trend?

In the clips, TikTokers show something they used to love (often a TV show or favourite fast food item) and compare it to what it looks like now.

When the lyrics: "Back in the day, me and you baby, we used to have fun", is being sung, the TikTok user shows the thing they used to love.

When "until you delivered that baby, look that’s not my son," is being sung it shows the new version.

Users are generally mocking the reboots or newer versions of things, or just enjoying revisiting the original one.

Where does the trend come from?

The trend was inspired by the instrumental version of 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.

The rapping on the song is from a 2015 BBC Three mockumentary series called #HoodDocumentary, written by and starring Kayode Ewumi as RS.

The short-lived series was about a filmmaker following RS around London as he tries to be the next big thing.

In the scene that's gone viral, rapper RS appears on BBC Radio 1Xtra where he freestyles some lyrics before being cut off by the presenter.

Why is the trend so popular?

The internet loves nostalgia and TikTokers are often skeptical when their favourite childhood memories are tainted with worse versions.

What better way to take a wander down memory lane than mocking newer (and worse) versions of it?

The trend has also evolved to a newer version, only using the beginning of the song which people are using to demonstrate scenarios when they are trying to get a word in or their point across and find it hard to do so. For example; when you have an argument with a parent.

These trends tend to keep evolving, so stay tuned to see where it goes next!

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