Solana Briefly Climbs Past BNB: What’s Behind the 33% Rally?

Defying a sluggish market, Solana surges 5% in 24 hours, fueled by strong social media buzz and rising DeFi activity.

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  • Solana has defied the market trend with a surprise price surge and social media buzz.
  • Total Value Locked on the Solana blockchain has spiked.
  • Solana has emerged as a leader in on-chain stablecoin volume, challenging established players.

In a surprising turn of events, Solana (SOL) has emerged as a bright spot in a recently sluggish cryptocurrency market. While major players like Bitcoin (BTC) experienced price drops, Solana defied the trend with a 13% gain in the last 24 hours and a 27% increase over the past week.

Solana Briefly Becomes Third-Largest DeFi Blockchain

This impressive performance has propelled Solana to the top of LunarCrush’s AltRank metric, indicating a surge in social media interest and online discussions surrounding the coin. Retail investors closely watch this metric, as a high AltRank often signifies an asset with strong community backing and potential for further growth.

Solana’s price surge has also translated to a rise in the blockchain’s total value locked (TVL). Over the past 24 hours alone, daily transaction volume has surpassed an impressive $3.6 billion, establishing a new all-time high.


This significant increase propelled Solana momentarily to the position of the third-largest DeFi chain globally, surpassing BNB Chain (BNB) for the first time. 

It’s worth noting that Solana’s fortunes took a drastic turn in late 2022 due to its close association with the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX (FTT). The TVL on Solana plummeted to as low as $300 million then, with minimal recovery observed throughout most of 2023. Many critics even declared Solana’s DeFi ecosystem dead.

Solana Leads in Daily Stablecoin Volume

However, a dramatic shift began in October 2023, leading to a remarkable 13-fold increase in TVL by press time. Beyond TVL growth, Solana has also taken the lead regarding on-chain stablecoin volume. 


Data from Artemis reveals that Solana processed the highest stablecoin volumes in the first quarter of 2024, surpassing established players like Ethereum (ETH) and Tron (TRX). This dominance suggests Solana’s growing importance as a preferred network for stablecoin transactions and settlements.

On the Flipside

  • A significant portion of Solana’s TVL is concentrated in a few DeFi protocols, which could make the DeFi ecosystem more vulnerable to hacks or exploits.
  • While a high AltRank can indicate strong community sentiment, it doesn’t necessarily translate to long-term price appreciation.

Why This Matters

Solana’s recent surge contrasts starkly with the broader market downturn and highlights the project’s potential for continued growth. With strong community engagement, a resurgent DeFi ecosystem, and increasing dominance in stablecoin transactions, Solana appears to be carving its own path in the ever-evolving cryptocurrency landscape.

To learn more about technical indicators for Solana and how the surge in DEX volume is affecting its price, read here:

Solana Gains 7% Despite Market Downturn: What’s Next for SOL?

To learn more about how Solana’s daily new addresses compare to BNB Chain and how transaction volume factors into cryptocurrency valuation, read here:

Can Solana Overtake BNB After Record Daily New Addresses?

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.