These moms are going viral on TikTok for lip-syncing to Aly and AJ’s ‘Potential Breakup Song’

  • A group of moms lip-syncing to Aly & AJ's 2007 hit "Potential Breakup Song" is going viral on TikTok.
  • "Potential Breakup Song" has been gaining traction on TikTok in recent weeks, and the mom video is one of the most popular videos associated with the sound.
  • The mom video, posted by @miagillespiee, has sparked a wave of memes of its own, with people guessing their names, professions, and what their basements would look like.
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A group of women on a "mom's weekend" lip-syncing to Aly & AJ's seminal hit "Potential Breakup Song" are going viral on TikTok.

The video, posted by TikTok user @miagillespiee (who, in another video, appears to be the daughter of one of the women) on October 10, has amassed approximately 7.1 million likes and over 45 million views in the two weeks since it was originally posted.

moms weekend gone wild🤪🤪 ##moms ##besties ##ItBeLikeThat

BuzzFeed reported that the video was filmed when 19-year-old Mia Gillespie, her childhood friends, and their moms went out to dinner during parents' weekend at their university. Gillespie told BuzzFeed that she only had 40,000 followers before the video and was only expecting for it to get a "couple thousand views." Now, Gillespie has nearly 400,000 followers on TikTok, and her bio reads, "yeah my mom made me famous deal w it."

In the comments of the original video, people have been expressing their adoration. "The third woman FELT that," one comment reads.

"This is all of us in 30 years," another with over 420,000 likes says. 

"Potential Breakup Sound" has been gaining traction on TikTok over the course of the past month, predominately through dramatic lip-syncs that feature aesthetic choices that harken back to the mid-aughts, from particular fashion to a vintage-esque filter that gives an air of nostalgia. One mega-viral video from @sunnymonday, posted on October 9, has amassed approximately 12.3 million likes to date.

My stupid birthday 🙄

The song was the first single from Aly & AJ's 2007 album "Insomniatic." A mid-2000s cultural artifact, "Potential Breakup Song" taps into the nostalgia of the zoomers — members of Gen Z — and younger millennials on TikTok, and has been a presence on the app even before this latest trend.

Other TikTokers appear to have looped their moms into the lip-sync trend as well — @sarahcothran posted a video on September 27 with the caption, "this is my favorite trend on tiktok rn so ofc we had to get mom in on it:)"

this is my favorite trend on tiktok rn so ofc we had to get mom in on it:) @michaila.c @jessicablair_cothran##trend ##fashion ##family ##motherdaughter

None have had quite the same individual impact though as Gillespie's mom video, which has inspired a wave of memes of its own. Many of them guess about things like the moms' bumper stickers, basements, names, and professions.

##duet with @miagillespiee did i do this right

##duet with @miagillespiee 3rd is a queen ##greenscreen ##SFXMakeup ##colorcustomizer ##youhaveto ##fyp

##duet with @miagillespiee pretty sure that’s dead on ##fyp ##DOLLHOUSECHALLENGE ##tooktoolong

##duet with @miagillespiee ##greenscreen an I wrong? ##fyp ##fup ##fy ##fu ##fypシ ##diaryofawimpykid ##mom ##moms ##kids ##funny

##duet with @miagillespiee ##greenscreen

Others have recreated the video, Gillespie and her friends included.

##duet with @miagillespieewhat you all have been waiting for!! who did it better? ##momsordaughters

##duet with @miagillespiee our queens ##mystupidbirthday ##fyp

After the speculation, Gillespie set the record straight on TikTok, revealing not only the moms' names, professions, go-to drinks, and cars, but also the dads. Some of the other daughters, tagged in Gillespie's videos, have also posted videos with their moms. 

##duet with @miagillespiee since everyone is guessing wrong here are the facts!! ##moms ##momsoftiktok

It’s me and my mom 🤞🏼❤️ ##werk ##fyp ##momsoftiktok

What you’ve all been waiting for🤩 ##4thmom ##momsoftiktok

It seems like "Potential Breakup Song" will continue enjoying renewed fame on TikTok for a bit longer yet, and according to Gillespie, the mom's have enjoyed their 15-minutes as well, even getting recognized in person by fans.

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