"SugarCrash!" is a song written, produced, and performed by Canadian musician ElyOtto. It was released on August 25, 2020. A remix featuring Kim Petras and Curtis Waters was released on April 23, 2021. The song is likely to be featured on an upcoming EP.[1][2]

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Single by ElyOtto
ReleasedAugust 25, 2020
  • 1:20
  • 2:32 (Remix)
Songwriter(s)Elliott Platt
Producer(s)Elliott Platt
ElyOtto singles chronology
"Let Go :("
Music video
"SugarCrash!" on YouTube

Background and compositionEdit

At one minute and 20 seconds long, the song is in the key of F major with a tempo of 98 beats per minute. It went viral on the video-sharing app TikTok in 2021. "SugarCrash!" incorporates hyperpop with many sound effects, distorted bass, and high-pitched vocals, consisting of two choruses, a verse, and a bridge. Platt claimed in a Genius interview that the song, made with GarageBand, was a soundfont test for Pokémon Black and White. Platt also stated that the song covered many of his issues; how tired he was of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, his future, and his gender dysphoria.[3]

I've heard a lot of trans people say that they feel like they're born in the wrong body, wishing they could be someone else. I don't feel like that at all, I'm who I meant to be. I want to get rid of that self-hatred I have for myself, and sort of become accepting. It's such a personal thing to me, but taken out of context, it's something that pretty much anyone could relate to, which I think is really beautiful.[3]


Vulture's Justin Curto wrote: "As a song, 'SugarCrash!' tries to solve the very problem it's about. It's nothing new in hyperpop, which often uses buoyant productions to address darker themes. But on another, equally self-aware level, the song works so well because it's also about exactly what it sounds like. It's a hyperactive song about being full of pent-up energy; a brain-splitting song that, at one point, contemplates splitting one's own brain".[4] The song also received praise from Billboard author Joe Lynch, who described it as "a diaristic, candy-coated slice of teenage dissatisfaction."[5]

Following the song's success, at least seven record labels reached out to ElyOtto before he signed to RCA Records.[6][7]

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at number 30 on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, having spent 19 weeks-and-counting on the chart in total, peaking at number 10.[8] It later debuted at number 23 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 for the week of March 20, 2021,[9] and peaked at number 59 on the UK Singles Chart,[10] as well as number 126 on Billboard's Global 200.[11] The song also earned ElyOtto a spot on Rolling Stone's Breakthrough 25 chart for the months of February and March 2021 at numbers 15 and 17, respectively,[12] as well as a spot on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart for four weeks, peaking at number 36.[13]

Music videoEdit

On April 23, 2021, a visualizer was released along with the remix. A music video for the original song was released on May 4, 2021.[14] Both videos sit at a combined 7.8 million views as of July 2021.



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  4. ^ "Admit It, 'SugarCrash!' Was Already Great". Vulture.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "ElyOtto on What Hyperpop Means to the LGBTQ+ Community". Billboard.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Calgary artist ElyOtto turns viral fame into record deal with massive TikTok hit SugarCrash". TheYYScene.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "ElyOtto is the trans TikTok star taking on the music industry". Gay Times.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ a b "Hot Rock & Alternative Songs - July 3, 2021". Billboard.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b "SugarCrash!" - Bubbling Under Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "ELYOTTO | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "SugarCrash!" Billboard Global 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Future of Music: The Sounds of Tomorrow". Rolling Stone.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. ^ "Emerging Artists Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "ElyOtto - SugarCrash! (Official Video)" – via YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Billboard Canadian Hot 100: Week of March 13, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  17. ^ "Hot Rock & Alternative Songs – Year-End 2021". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2021.