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Los Angeles (AFP)
A viral TikTok video featuring a laid-back skateboarder lip-syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” rocketed the 1977 hit to the Billboard Hot 100 after an absence of more than three decades.
The antics of TikTok user doggface208 – as he cruised the streets, sipping a family-sized bottle of cranberry juice – quickly struck a chord, racking up 8.6 million likes.
And beyond propelling its creator – real name Nathan Apodaca – to viral fame, the video rekindled interest in ’70s country-rock legends.
Stevie Nicks’ melancholy meditation on a failed relationship re-entered the Billboard for the week of Oct. 17 at age 21, just two weeks after the Apodaca clip first went viral.
“TikTok has sent hits from the catalog to various Billboard charts before… but never has a song this old and a Hot 100 bounced so high,” wrote Tatiana Cirisano, a Billboard reporter, in an article on the magazine’s website.
“It shows that TikTok’s proven power to catapult songs to mainstream recognition is only getting stronger.
Phil Collins is another classic artist to have benefited from a TikTok bounce.
In August, a video in which two 22-year-olds shared their first reaction to his famous “In the Air Tonight” drum fill sent the song to number two on Apple’s iTunes chart.
The return of “Dreams” to the charts also sparked a broader revival of interest in the Fleetwood Mac back catalog, with Billboard reporting an increase in streams for the rockers’ other work.
The song’s creators even paid tribute to Apodaca’s viral success – co-founder Mick Fleetwood recorded his own version of the now world-famous video of the 37-year-old factory worker last week.
Asked about the clip’s popularity, Billboard’s Cirisano said that the “healthy skateboarder vibe” had universal appeal.
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