Fleetwood Mac re-enters Billboard chart, thanks to meme

Fleetwood Mac are enjoying a resurgence in popularity.
Fleetwood Mac are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Photo credit: File

Fleetwood Mac is back in the music charts for the first time in almost 30 years, and it's all thanks to a meme.

The band's classic hit 'Dreams', from 1977 album Rumours, was featured in a Twitter post that went viral in late March, and now the band is reaping the rewards.

The tweet was posted by user @bottledfleet on March 23, and includes a video of girls dancing to 'Dreams' in a marching band procession.

It's been retweeted more than 140,000 times and received more than 330,000 likes.

Thanks to the attention, 'Dreams' has been downloaded 2000 times and enjoyed 1.9 million streams since the tweet was posted, a 24 percent rise.

Rumours has also jumped to number 13 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums, a chart it previously topped for a record 31 consecutive weeks back in 1977.

The acclaimed album has also received a boost in the UK, rising from number 49 to number 31 in the Top 100.

The dancers in the meme video have been identified as the 'Golden Girls' from Alcorn State University in Mississippi. It's not known which song they were actually dancing to before the Fleetwood Mac hit was edited over the top.

'Dreams' was written by Stevie Nicks about the end of her relationship with fellow band mate Lindsey Buckingham. Fleetwood Mac, whose five core members included two couples, were known for their relationship dramas, drug use and producing some of the most memorable tunes of the 1970s and 80s.

Other classic songs which have been given a second life thanks to internet memes include Rick Astley's 1987 hit 'Never Gonna Give You Up' and Smash Mouth's 1999 anthem 'All Star'.