Mario’s “Let Me Love You” is an attention-grabbing TikTok sound

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A 2004 hit by an R&B sensation has gone viral on TikTok, becoming a soundtrack for frustration, panic and excitement. It’s also, as one commenter pointed out, “one of the classic, old-skool TikTok trends.”

The sound

The sound was posted to TikTok by creator Brent Sullivan (@tiktoksully) last week. Sullivan used a clip from R&B singer Mario’s 2004 hit “Let Me Love You” in a video about the singer catching someone stealing an Amazon package. It has more than 1.8 million views and the audio has been used in more than 32,000 TikToks.

Sullivan told the Daily Dot that he “heard the song in my car on the way home after picking up my kids from daycare. I’ve heard the song probably a hundred times, but that part caught my eye.” He says he considered not posting it because it was “too silly,” but YouTuber kevonstagetiktok, who posted the audio, did it amplifies.

@tiktoksully That probably should have stayed in the drafts, TBH. #AXERatioChallenge ♬ original sound – Sully

People followed his lead and used the audio in other delivery-related TikToks, though it’s taken on a life of its own.

@mikelowry43 Get out my stash, it’s supposed to stink…..#fyp #trending #kids #funny ♬ Original sound – Sully
@rudyroods #straycats #catsoftiktok #catstagram ♬ Original sound – Sully

Where is it from?

“Let Me Love You” is from Mario’s second album from 2004 turning pointreleased when the Baltimore singer was 18 years old. The song, co-written by Ne-Yo, reached #1 on the billboard Hot 100 in 2005.

Mario released a new song, “Used to Me,” last month, and recently performed a stripped-down “Let Me Love You” with streamer Kai Cenat after surprising him during a live stream. Mario has more than 1.4 million followers on TikTok, but doesn’t seem to have directly addressed the trend just yet. We emailed you to request a comment.

sound off

Sullivan commented on the song’s virality earlier this week, explaining in the caption that “Mario probably hates me.”

@tiktoksully Mario probably hates me. @tiktoksully #mariotrend ♬ Original sound – Sully


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*Initial Release: March 3, 2023 1:37 PM CST

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, focusing on streaming, comedy and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch and the Village Voice. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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