TikTok trend explained: The Stay dance

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TikTok trends don't always involve props, but if you want to jump on this one you may have to run out and pick up a drone, stat.

Surging in popularity, thanks to the unlikely combination of Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI's catchy tune Stay and Dr Phil of all people; the trend sees people dance moves captured by a drone.

Justin Bieber's latest song is also a TikTok hit. Source: TikTok
Justin Bieber's latest song is also a TikTok hit. Source: TikTok

What is the actual trend on TikTok?

The trend involves watching someone else perform the move (think the first move from the dance Beyonce performs in her hit Single Ladies, but with more shoulder shaking and t-rex arms), before noticing the likes it's received and trying it themselves.

The user then shows them setting up for the shoot, often walking, drone equipment in hand, with headphones, filming themselves doing the same moves but with a 360 degree aerial view.

The song has become a hit on TikTok. Source: TikTok/@totouchanemu
The song has become a hit on TikTok. Source: TikTok/@totouchanemu

Where does the trend come from?

The trend was started by @maxtaylorlifts, who stares at the camera, mouthing the lyrics before the chorus: "I'll be f***ed up if you can't be right here" with the words "There's no way people actually like this song" written on the video, before cutting to him dancing when the chorus starts.

This video caught the attention of fellow Tiktoker, @totouchanemu, who recreated the moves using a drone, sparking the viral dance trend.

TikToker @maxtaylorlifts's version has over 8 million likes on TikTok, while @totouchanemu has created several different versions of the dance, including collaborations with fellow TikTokers, including Bella Poarch. His original video of the dance has over 33.5 million likes on TikTok.

There are over two million videos using the song on TikTok so far, including a fairly daggy one from Dr Phil.

The biggest videos of the trend so far

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Why is it so popular on TikTok?

A combination of Justin Bieber, a catchy tune, and a clever, modern filming technique - how can you go wrong? 

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