TikTok trend explained: 'Helicopter helicopter'

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Sometimes TikTok will present you with a complicated dance routine that's near-impossible to achieve unless you've put everything else in your life on hold.

Which is why the latest trend is so refreshing for those challenged by anything requiring coordination.

In fact, all you need to do is pretend to be a (checks notes) ... helicopter?

TikTokkers are behaving like helicopters in the latest trend. Source: TikTok
TikTokkers are behaving like helicopters in the latest trend. Source: TikTok

Where does the trend come from?

The sound used in the viral trend uses the 2015 song “Helikopter” by Bosnian pop star Fazlija.

TikTokkers have taken and run with the chorus “helicopter, helicopter," which has chopper sounds in the background.

What is the actual trend?

As far as TikTok trends go, this one is pretty straightforward and is literally in the name.

Swinging their arms like helicopter blades, users are videoed whirling around the room.

The video is then sped up before it is posted.

Other videos show multiple people moving and using their bodies as propellors, rather than their arms.


While they do their best impressions of a helicopter, Fazlija's song plays in the background.

People are performing their "helicopters" in different settings and situations; one user in a grocery store, others simply in their bedrooms or others managing to get their pets involved.

Why is the trend so popular?

There are more than 1.5 million views of videos using the song, with some amassing more than 8 million likes.

This trend is just a funny, weird trend that's easy and funny to do with friends ... with the added bonus of looking super strange in public.

Also, the song is undeniably catchy ... maybe, if you're lucky, it'll even end up in your 2022 Spotify wrapped.

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