Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ Rockets Back Into The Charts Thanks To A Meme
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Usually when a musician dies, their songs and albums re-enter the charts they used to dominate as fans flock to stores and online to snap up some nostalgia. Thankfully in this scenario no one from the legendary American band Fleetwood Mac is dead.
Instead, one of their most iconic songs, 'Dreams', has rocketed up the Billboard Hot Rock Chart due to a meme on Twitter.
If you've been paying attention, this week has been massive for memes on the social networking site, including 'If you don't love me at my worst', 'Chopper', 'Walmart Yodel Kid', 'SpongeBob Tired', 'Expanding Brain' and of course the 'Twitter Sparkle' one.
But there was one that was half meme, half reinterpretation of an old video that brought Fleetwood Mac's 1977 track into 2018 - which is a pretty difficult thing to do.
Twitter user @bottledfleet wrote: "'Fleetwood Mac's music is so boring, you can't even dance to it'. Me, an intellectual."
It shows the Alcorn State University Marching Band absolutely slaying their routine on the side lines of a football pitch to the sound of 'Dreams'.
If you have heard 'Dreams' before then you'll know it's got a beautiful, slow beat to it - not something you'd expect a marching band to use to make a dramatic entrance. Yet, it works pretty well with this clip.
To be fair, the original video is just about as incredible as the dubbed version for the simple fact that that routine was 22 minutes long and the whole marching band were killing it well before they arrived at the football stadium.
But the tweet has received close to half a million likes, retweets and comments, meaning a lot of people have been exposed to the greatness that is Fleetwood Mac.
As a result, 'Dreams' now sits at number 14 on the Billboard Hot Rock Chart, beating the likes of 'Wild Love' by James Bay, 'Thought Contagion' by Muse and 'The Mountain' by Three Days Grace'.
Not bad for a song that debuted more than 40 years ago.
According to NME, there's been a 36 percent increase in downloads for the track and it's been streamed 1.9 million times this week alone (at least a million of those is probably me).
Who knows, maybe this meme will spread and cause other songs from the 1970s to jump back onto the charts.