2021 has been a huge year on TikTok!
Khaby Lame (Italy) smashed Zach King’s record for the most followers on TikTok (male). Khaby is now followed by 124 million people, as of December 2021.
He’s closing in on Charli D’Amelio (USA), who still holds onto her crown as the queen of the platform. Charli has the most followers on TikTok overall, with 131 million currently.
Of course, there was no shortage of record-breaking action on Guinness World Records' own TikTok page; from oddly satisfying clips of fruit-slicing and can-crushing, to some of our most iconic record holders such as Isaac Johnson and Harnaam Kaur.
Here are our top 10 most viewed TikTok videos of the year.
Fastest time to apply 10 surgical masks 😷 6.19 secs by Rocco Mercurio 🇮🇹♬ original sound - Guinness World Records
Fastest time to apply 10 surgical masks
Rocco really doesn’t want to catch coronavirus…
The fastest time to apply 10 surgical masks is 6.19 seconds, achieved by Rocco Mercurio (Italy) on 20 July 2021.
This video was duetted many times, but no one was able to break Rocco’s record!
Rocco is a serial record breaker and holds many more Guinness World Records titles, such as the most cups balanced on the forehead (1,700) and the fastest time to flip three water bottles (1.20 sec).
Most Big Mac® burgers eaten in a lifetime
"For me it’s Big Macs every day, it’s Coca-Cola every day."
The most Big Mac® burgers eaten in a lifetime was achieved by Donald Gorske (USA).
Donald was first awarded this record title in 1999. Since then, he has continued consuming two Big Mac® burgers every day, bringing his tally to 32,340 (as of August 2021).
In the last 44 years, there have been only eight days in which Donald didn't eat a Big Mac® - most recently, on 23 November 2000. The restaurant should be named after him!
Fastest time to drink two litres of soda
As the name of his YouTube channel 'BadlandsChugs' suggests, Eric Booker (USA) has a talent for guzzling liquids.
On 19 May 2021, Eric set a record for the fastest time to drink two litres of soda.
He introduced it as "The Perfect Chug" and he didn’t disappoint, downing two litres of sugar-free cola in just 18.45 seconds.
Eric's personality is just as bubbly as the soda he chugs, so we're not surprised to see he was big hit on TikTok!
Largest mouth gape (male): 10.175 cm / 4 in by Isaac Johnson 🇺🇸♬ Big Hall - DJ BAI
Largest gape (male)
Watching this video of Isaac Johnson (USA) left millions of people with their mouths wide open.
Isaac has the world’s largest gape (male), which measures a jaw-dropping 10.175 cm (4 in).
Over 77 million people watched Isaac fit a baseball, a soda can, an apple and other everyday objects in his mouth. As a result of this TikTok video, he now gets recognized when he’s out in public.
"One time at the movie theatre the employee who was giving us our tickets said to me, 'You look familiar! Are you a child celebrity?' We laughed and said she must have seen the Guinness World Records video!" – Isaac Johnson
Tallest Mohican/Mohawk spike
Joseph Grisamore (USA) has the tallest Mohican/Mohawk spike in the world, measuring 129.4 cm (4 ft 2 in) as of 16 April 2021.
This viral video shows the process of erecting Joseph’s hair into the sky-high spike.
When he’s not wearing it in a record-breaking tower, Joseph keeps his long locks braided and in two knots to avoid sitting on it.
Fastest time to climb around a person: 9.78 secs by K. Gokulnath and M.V. Arjun Priyan 🇮🇳 #koalachallenge♬ original sound - EFKTO
Fastest time to climb around a person
This TikTok video is an accurate visualisation of many parents’ lives whilst lockdown measures were in place.
Kings of the #koalachallenge, K. Gokulnath and M.V. Arjun Priyan (India) set the record for the fastest time to climb around a person.
The pair achieved a time of 9.78 seconds on 28 March 2021.
Ayanna Williams has finally cut her amazing fingernails after 29 years! 💅🏾🇺🇸 With @ripleysbelieveitornot #nails♬ original sound - Guinness World Records
Longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female)
Usually we post videos of people achieving records, but this one shows Ayanna Williams (USA) losing her record. On purpose.
Ayanna held the record for the longest fingernails on a pair of hands (female), but on 26 March 2021 she decided to cut them for the first time since the early '90s.
Before being cut, Ayanna's nails were measured for a final time. They had grown to 733.55 cm (24 ft 0.7 in) long.
“I’m gonna always be the queen that I am, with or without my nails” – Ayanna Williams
"There's a lot more to people than just their physical appearance," says @harnaamkaurofficial #bodypositivity♬ original sound - Guinness World Records
Youngest female with a full beard
Harnaam Kaur (UK) was aged 24 years 282 days when she earned this record title back in 2015.
At 12 years old, Harnaam was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - a condition that millions of people around the world have.
Her message of body positivity and acceptance resonated with millions of viewers on TikTok.
"So many women have facial hair and they are so disregarded because it's not 'the norm to have'. We get mocked for something that is so natural to our body," Harnaam explained.
"My beard allows me to have good people around me only, because I know that the people around me are very open minded, non-judgmental and loving."
Most cans crushed by hand holding an egg in 30 secs 👊🏾🥚 52 by John Paul K R 🇮🇳♬ The Lone Rifle (No Guitar) - Stoyan Ganev
Most drinks cans crushed by hand while holding an egg in 30 seconds
This record attempt is an impressive display of both strength and delicacy.
John Paul K R (India) achieved the most drinks cans crushed by hand while holding an egg in 30 seconds - 52.
John Paul woke up at 5 A.M. every morning in order to train for this. After six months, he felt confident enough in his can-crushing and egg-protecting abilities.
It took one week to recover from the pain in his hand after the attempt!
John Paul hopes that his Guinness World Records title inspires everyone to participate in martial arts.
Most pineapples on heads cut in half in 30 secs 🍍75 by K.V Saidalavi 🇮🇳♬ original sound - Guinness World Records
Most pineapples on heads cut in half in 30 seconds
Some skilful swordplay was on display in this high-stakes, real-life version of Fruit Ninja.
The most pineapples on heads cut in half in 30 seconds is 75, achieved by K.V Saidalavi (India) on 7 February 2020.
For the last 29 years K.V has been learning and teaching martial arts. He hopes his Guinness World Records title will help promote martial arts and its many benefits.
Click here to see all the celebrities who broke records in 2021!