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The ‘Bills Bills Bills’ TikTok Trend, Explained

If you didn’t grow up performing “Bills, Bills, Bills” in front of your bathroom mirror with a plastic microphone years before you grasped the concept of money, what were you doing? In all seriousness, though, I can’t express how thrilled I am that TikTokers are resurfacing the classic Destiny’s Child song with the new “Bills, Bills, Bills” TikTok trend, which involves dancing to the lyrics “Can you pay my bills?” and manifesting someone who can help you out when times get hard.

The original sound is brought to you by (no surprises here) Destiny’s Child, AKA the iconic trio that gifted us anthems like “Say My Name,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin’,” and “Independent Women Pt. 1,” which my mom and I still belt in the car with the utmost confidence (Lucy Liu! With my girl, Drew!). This isn’t the first time that Destiny’s Child has caused a stir on TikTok, either — remember the trend capturing Michelle, Kelly, and Queen B in the recording studio? Despite the Destiny’s Child members going their separate ways in the early 2000’s (thank you, Beychella reunion for getting our hopes up) it looks like TikTok momentum is on their side as the “Bills, Bills, Bills” trend continues. 

Hearing “Bills, Bills, Bills” instantly makes me want to dance, and clearly, TikTokers feel the same way, with over 950,000 videos using the sound right now. Apart from being nostalgic and fabulous, the song also provides the perfect soundbite for when you need someone to show up for you, whether it’s by paying your bills or otherwise. Now, TikTokers are using the trend to search for significant others, appreciate their celeb crushes, and lose their minds over Zendaya in a suit, which is a cultural reset I am still recovering from. Overall, the “Bills, Bills, Bills” TikTok trend is part dance, part manifestation, and 100% a vibe.

To try the trend for yourself, save the audio here and think of someone you wouldn’t mind having pay your bills (wink wink). And if you’re an independent queen and want to pay your own bills, that’s cool, too — know that TikTokers are interpreting the trend in a variety of different ways, like capturing when your older sibling picks up the tab to appreciating Machine Gun Kelly to this incredibly wholesome version from TikToker @deepica. Once you have your concept down, get ready to dance — check out the original video here from TikToker @melodysnook, then, sync your video with the audio and include a clever caption.

If you’ve been spending a little too much time with good-for-nothing type of brothers, you need to try the “Bills, Bills, Bills” trend ASAP. It’s fun, lighthearted, and puts an entertaining spin on a Destiny’s Child bop that I will never stop listening to, ever. Let me know how the trend goes, and while you’re at it, make sure that if someone uses your car, leaves your tank on empty, then has the audacity to ask for cash, that they take a hike — I promise, he doesn’t deserve you, sis

Tianna is an Associate Editor at Her Campus Media HQ where she covers all things pop culture, entertainment, wellness, and TikTok trends. She graduated from North Carolina State University and received her masters from Columbia University. Tianna currently lives in New York City where you can find her sipping coffee, practicing yoga, and singing show tunes.
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