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Tron Edges Dogecoin Off Top 10: Is the Meme Market Falling?

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By Erika John - - 5 Mins Read
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In the crypto market, where trends shift as quickly as the market itself, Dogecoin has struggled against the tide.

While likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum soared to new heights, Dogecoin faltered, creating an opening for other altcoins to challenge its position in the coveted top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap list. 

The most recent twist in this narrative sees Dogecoin briefly losing its 10th spot to Tron (TRX), a development that raises questions about the sustainability of meme coins in the broader crypto market.

Dogecoin Loses 10th Spot To Tron (TRX)

As the year progressed, Dogecoin's lackluster performance became increasingly evident, a stark contrast to the bullish momentum witnessed by Tron and its native TRX token.

Under the stewardship of Justin Sun, Tron surged by almost 200% from its 2023 lows of $0.05, propelling its market cap to new heights. 


Tron crypto price chart
Tron price chart | Blockchaincenter.net


In this same period, Dogecoin's price remained stagnant, unable to mirror the growth trajectory observed in other segments of the crypto market.

The consequence of Dogecoin's sluggish performance is reflected in its diminishing market cap relative to other large-cap altcoins.

Holding onto the 10th position for most of 2023, Dogecoin faced a reversal of fortune as the new year dawned.

With a 5% weekly price increase, Tron crossed the $12 billion market cap threshold, surpassing Dogecoin.

Tron boasted a $12.25 billion market cap not long ago, while Dogecoin lagged at $11.98 billion. However, this feat was short-lived as Dogecoin's market cap surged back over $26 billion.

Meme Coins Fail To Impress

The broader category of meme coins, which Dogecoin leads, has encountered challenges in recent months.

While numerous altcoins experienced robust recoveries and substantial rallies, meme coins failed to replicate the same upward trend.

Dogecoin, for instance, witnessed a 3.6% decline in the past week alone, indicative of its struggle to keep pace with the market.


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Dogecoin leads in the top 10 meme token rankings | Blockchaincenter.com


This lackluster performance extends beyond Dogecoin, affecting other meme coins like Shiba Inu, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, which also faced a 4.7% drop in the last week.

Similarly, Solana-based BONK experienced a 14% decrease in the last seven days. The cumulative data paints a picture of meme coins collectively grappling with market dynamics that have favored other altcoins.

However, amidst the prevailing gloom, there may be a glimmer of hope for Dogecoin.

Recent upticks in its on-chain activity during February suggest a renewed interest in the meme coin.

With daily transaction counts surpassing 1 million, the surge in activity implies a growing curiosity around Dogecoin.

Should this interest translate into increased buying pressure, a subsequent surge in the DOGE price could be on the horizon.

The contrasting rise of Tron and Dogecoin's fall highlights the cryptocurrency market's volatility.

The surge in Dogecoin's on-chain activity provides a ray of optimism, suggesting that despite recent setbacks, the meme coin may regain its footing.

The intersection of market trends, investor sentiment, and technological advancements will likely shape the fate of meme coins in the coming months.