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‘I can’t stop singing it’: The ‘P for papas’ TikTok trend, explained

A sweet orange cat is the face of the latest TikTok earworm.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

That One Sound is a column from internet culture reporter Charlotte Colombo that explores the origin of popular sounds heard on TikTok.

While you might have seen the trend of TikTokers startling their pets with a Mikayla Nogueira sound, another recent pet trend is a little more chill. Here’s why everyone on TikTok is waving their hands in the air and chanting about a “papas party.”

The sound

The audio on TikTok is the kind of silly song one sings to a pet, with this line repeated: “P for papas, it’s a papas party.” On May 7, the account @june.hound posted the TikTok featuring this song, performed by her brother and his girlfriend to their orange cat, whose paws are being waved in the air.

“Cat parents get it,” said one commenter.

@june.hound papa’s party 🎉 #catsoftiktok #petsoftiktok #funnyvideos #funnycat #cat @user5765140531869 ♬ papas party – june.hound

Less than a month later, the TikTok has more than 15.5 million views and the sound has been used in more than 2,300 videos. Many tried to recreate the papas party dance with their pets, with varying degrees of success. But the song has grown outside of pet TikTok and is now being referenced at concerts, by Niall Horan, and captured on security cameras.

It also made an appearance at Rockville 2023, where singer Mothica introduced a new audience to the papas party.

@mothicamusic apparently #Rockville2023 is not on “p for papas, its a papas party” tiktok @june.hound #papasparty #pforpapas #funny #viral ♬ original sound – MOTHICA

And yet, those outside of papas TikTok are unaware of what’s transpiring.

@cor.315 Okay well its like 97% of my fyp and has been stuck in my head for 3 days straight #pforpapas ♬ original sound – Mr. G

Where’s it from?

While june.hound posted the original viral TikTok (to her dog’s dismay), the orange cat in the video, named Apollo, belongs to her brother @codyrey_, who posted another POV of the papas party dance earlier this month.

@codyrey_ Back by popular demand… IT’S A PAPA’S PARTY!!! #cats #catsoftiktok #foryou #PapasParty #dancing ♬ original sound – Cody Rey

Sound off

It’s the latest pet song to go viral on TikTok, where original songs about cats and dogs tend to do well. In this case, the fact that millions of people got to see Apollo’s “lil dance,” something intimate yet recognizable to pet owners, only adds to its charm.

We reached out to Cody for comment on the papas party origin story, which a lot of commenters have been asking about. In the comments of a TikTok posted last week, he claims another one of their cats, Potato, “technically” did the dance first, which is perhaps why the song refers to “papas.” However, “Apollo got the catchier song.”

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