Aly & AJ Performing "Potential Breakup Song" on TikTok Is Peak Nostalgia

It took too long for Aly & AJ to get in on the "Potential Breakup Song" meme that has taken over TikTok.

By Kaitlin Reilly Oct 29, 2020 5:26 PMTags
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This is potentially the most nostalgic TikTok ever! 

On Oct. 29, pop duo Aly & AJ, aka sisters Alyson Michalka and Amanda Michalka, finally got in on the TikTok moment surrounding their 2007 track "Potential Breakup Song." Sitting against a virtual moon background, the siblings were super serious while mouthing the opening lines to the bop. 

"It took too long, it took too long, it took too for you to call back/And normally I would just forget that/Except for the fact it was my birthday/My stupid birthday," the singers take turns mouthing over the iconic song. 

So iconic, in fact, that back in April fans freaked out when a viral Twitter thread claimed the song was about Joe Jonas, who AJ dated around the time of the album. The band's official Twitter account shut down the rumors, revealing that the band's song "Flattery" was actually about Joe, not "Potential Breakup Song." 

For those who don't spend hours mindlessly scrolling TikTok, the app has lately been all about this breakup number. One of the most popular videos involves a group of moms taking turns singing along to the song at a bar. The now viral TikTok was posted by one of the women's daughters, Mia Gillespie. It currently has over 8 million likes on the app, with a ton of fans "dueting" the video in order to guess the shoe, drink, and even political affiliation of each woman singing along. 

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"[They're] blown away by the response to the video. They didn't know what TikTok really was before this, and now each of them have an account and love watching the duets and reading all the comments under the posts," Mia told Buzzfeed of the moms' newfound internet popularity. "They feel like they're famous now. All my friends love the response we are getting and find the duets hilarious."

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Aly & AJ may be bringing up all the nostalgia for fans who played this track on repeat on their iPod Nano, but the band is officially back. Though the sisters have dual careers in television—Aly starred on The CW's iZombie, while AJ was one of the leads on the recently canceled Schooled—they're also ready to make music a priority.

After releasing singles like 2017's "Take Me" (which they paired with a perfectly spooky vampire themed music video), 2019's "Church," and this year's "Attack of Panic," the duo now has a full-length album planned.


Will their next album have a song go viral on TikTok? Guess we'll just have to see. In the meantime, check out the TikTok above.