It looks like Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and John McVie have some celebrating to do. More than 40 years after releasing their eleventh studio album Rumors, Fleetwood Mac are back on the charts, thanks to a viral meme using their hit song “Dreams.”
The original tweet, which has now been liked more than 340,000 times, retweeted 144,308 times, and viewed more than 7 million times (WOW), features the caption, “Fleetwood Mac’s music is so boring, you can’t even dance to it.” In response, the line “Me, an intellectual:” leads to a video of a dance squad set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Huh. It looks like you actually can dance to Fleetwood Mac.
“Fleetwood Mac’s music is so boring, you can’t even dance to it”
Me, an intellectual: pic.twitter.com/2QmrFycHy2
— i m m i g r ❀ n t (@bottledfleet) March 22, 2018
The video features the Alcorn State University Golden Girls, with senior student Elexis Wilson dancing in the foreground for much of the video. Thanks to the popularity of the tweeted meme, Fleetwood Mac are now sitting at the number 14 spot on Billboard’s Rock Chart, re-entering the chart four decades after the song was released. See, sometimes the internet does really cool things!
Rumors has enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years thanks to a handful of artists covering tracks from the famous album. Harry Styles is known to perform “The Chain” during his concerts, with the song also featured in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Lorde, Miley Cyrus and Haim have also covered songs from Rumors in concert.
The success of the meme and the re-entry of “Dreams” onto the rock chart arrived just days before Lindsey Buckingham was fired from the band over a disagreement about the rock groups’ upcoming tour. Although an official statement about Buckingham’s firing has not been issued, it was confirmed this week by Rolling Stone Magazine. Fleetwood Mac have released a statement announcing the addition of Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Neil Finn from Crowded House, which gives more weight to the news that Buckingham is out.
Well, it wouldn’t really be a Fleetwood Mac article if there wasn’t a ton of drama surrounding the band, right?