A viral TikTok video has propelled the 1970s country-rock band Fleetwood Mac back into the Billboard 100 - Brian Killian/Getty Images/AFP Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

TikTok video propels Fleetwood Mac classic into top 100

By Brian Killian

A viral TikTok video featuring a laid-back skateboarder lip-synching to Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" has propelled the 1977 hit back into the Billboard Hot 100 after an absence of more than three decades.

TikTok user doggface208’s antics -- as he cruised down the street, 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 has reignited interest in the 70’s country-rock legends.

Stevie Nicks’ melancholic meditation on a failed relationship, re-entered the Billboard chart for the week of October 17 at 21, just two weeks after Apodaca’s clip first went viral.

"TikTok has driven catalog hits back to various Billboard charts before... but never a song this old and a Hot 100 rebound this high," Billboard reporter Tatiana Cirisano wrote in a post on the magazine's website.

"It shows that TikTok’s tried-and-true 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 drum fill from "In the Air Tonight" sent the song into the number two spot on Apple’s iTunes chart.

The return of "Dreams" to the charts has also sparked a broader surge of interest in Fleetwood Mac’s back catalog, with Billboard reporting a bump in streams for the rockers' other work.

The song’s creators have even paid tribute to Apodaca’s viral hit -- co-founder Mick Fleetwood last week recorded his own version of the 37-year-old factory worker’s now world-famous video.

Asked to account for the clip’s popularity, Billboard’s Cirisano said the "wholesome skateboarder vibe" had universal appeal.

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For Tik Tok Japan, it’s Summertime by Cinnamons x Evening Cinema.

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Yawn. there's a lot of good independent/underground artists and bands out there - more than this adult contemporary slush. Record label heads, get off our butts and SIGN those artists and quit pushing this tired pap on us. And the same goes for you too, radio programmers!

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Not sure why they're not better known in Japan.

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Peter Green's FleetwoodMac 1967–1970 was the real FleetwoodMac !!.. THE END

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Great track off a great album. Classic pop rock.

I always liked Stevie Nicks as a singer. I saw her live and she’s a small woman but gives it some wellie on stage.

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Rumours is a great pop album, one of the very best. It's all the more remarkable as the band members were going through brutal divorce proceedings from each other at the time of recording and were out of their minds on drugs for months, by all accounts.

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At last someone is talking sense!

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Really awesome band, wrote a lot of classics, not the biggest fan of Nicks, not THAT great of a singe, but she is an integral part of the band.

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A viral TikTok video has propelled the 1970s country-rock band Fleetwood Mac 

Hmm....since when was Fleetwood Mac ever a "country-rock" band???

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Rock that is tame enough to be played on radio in country dominant areas? Still a stretch to label them that way.

Real country rock was edgier fare by Gram Parsons with Flying Burrito Bros and Byrds, Neil Young, the Band, Poco, later another wave with Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks etc.

I would stick Fleetwood Mac in the LA laid back rock category with people like the Eagles, Jackson Brown and Joni Mitchell.

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