There are some songs that just seem to beg for dancers. Country star Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” is definitely one of those tracks. It jumped 21-5 on this week’s Hot 100, marking the Monument artist’s first top 5 hit in his career. Billboard staffers discuss what’s behind the song’s success, how it’s spread on TikTok and scored a big Applebee’s sync (and even landed a remix with Kesha).
The summer hit has become a staple on anyone’s country music playlist. It’s also gone far beyond its initial premise as an ode to date nights at Applebee’s. It’s become a juggernaut thanks to its organic social media discovery from Hayes and his daughter, an official remix with Kesha, and even a starring turn in Applebee’s national commercials.
A lot of that is thanks to its wholesome, relatable message. But it also has to do with its easy-to-follow rhythm and catchy hooks.
Walker himself is still a little shocked by all the attention that “Fancy Like” has received. But he knows that the song’s success is a testament to how loyal his fans are to him and his work.
Michael Roberts is a veteran Native American Fancy Dancer. The dance, which is sometimes a competitive sport, is practiced by many different tribes and has been passed down to generations of dancers.