The adorable song “If I Were A Fish And You Caught Me” takes over TikTok

The latest title to take over TikTok is Corook’s lovable song If I Were A Fish (and you caught me) and there’s good news if you’re waiting for an official release!

One could argue that TikTok has quickly become the most powerful site in the world when it comes to setting trends, especially when it comes to new music.

So far in 2023, TikTok has helped propel the likes of Pink Pantheress and Ice Spices Boys a liar and SZA’s Kill Bill to chart success, while smaller artists like Chinchilla have also had great success promoting new releases on the app.

And now it’s Corook’s turn to become the next big thing on the internet after her perfectly simplified track “If I Were A Fish” went viral literally overnight.

Corook’s song “If I Were A Fish” goes viral

Corook is a jack-of-all-trades, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who, alongside his successful recording career, has also built quite a strong following on social media.

They uploaded the first recording of “If I Were A Fish” on Tuesday April 13th while sitting across from fellow singer Olivia Barton, who sang with them.

“I had a very emotional day, felt insecure and out of place,” Corook told his fans, “So I cried to Olivia and after we got through it we wrote this song in 10 minutes to remember the joy to be different.”


I was having a very emotional day, feeling insecure and out of place. So I cried to Olivia and after feeling it through we wrote this song in 10 minutes to remind ourselves of the joy of being different 🐸 happy Tuesday

♬ Original sound – Korok

“If I was a fish and you caught me you would say look at this fish,” Corook and Barton begin with a chant. “Shimmerin’ in the sun, so rare, I can’t believe that you catch one,” the heartfelt track continues.

TikTok Can’t Stop Singing “If I Were A Fish And You Catch Me”

At the time of writing on Friday, Corook’s song has already amassed 6.3 million views and a staggering 1.3 million likes despite only being uploaded to TikTok less than 72 hours ago.

Thousands of viewers let Corook know what they thought of the fish song, with one enthusiastic user commenting below the track: “I can’t physically scroll away. This song is a seratonin factory.”

Paying tribute to the cute lyrics, another fan wrote, “‘I can’t believe you caught one’ made my brain feel good.”

And several users even tried to cover the song, including a pretty famous face. Indie star Chloe Moriondo uploaded a video of her covering the track on tour, and it’s safe to say Corook and Barton were quite impressed:

The fish is released

If you’re wondering when you’ll be able to transfer your new favorite song from your For You page to your Spotify playlist, fret not.

Just days after the initial release, Corook returned to TikTok to confirm to her excited fans that If I Were A Fish will be released as a single, and pretty soon.

“These last few days have been so wonderfully overwhelming,” Corook told his fans when they made the announcement. “You guys make this song what it is. me and @oliviabartonhaha are so excited.”

The song is set to be released on Friday April 21st and a pre-save link has already been set up so you can make sure to add it to your library as soon as it comes out.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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