If you love music and dance, you probably have heard of the viral sensation, “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes. In fact, the song has made it to Number Five on Rolling Stone’s all-genre Top 100 Songs list. And the video for “Fancy Like” has been viewed nearly 7 million times. But the story behind the song’s popularity isn’t just about the music.
The video for “Fancy Like” was filmed by Walker Hayes’ wife, Laney, and daughter, Lela. They learned the dance in 35 minutes. After being quarantined for Covid, they taught each other the dance.
Since the release of the song, it has soared to the top of every streaming chart. It’s even been featured in a national Applebee’s ad campaign.
The original video has been viewed almost 17 million times on TikTok. Many users recreated the dance in their own videos. Others even filmed tutorials for others to learn the dance.
Now, the video has been repurposed for the Today Show. Today hosts also recreated the dance on the TikTok channel.
There are now thousands of entries on the #fancylike dance challenge. As of this writing, the dance has been viewed over 767 million times.
The video of the dance with the Hayes family has over 2.5 million likes. Other versions of the dance have received almost seven million views.
Walker Hayes wrote “Fancy Like” with four other writers. His daughter suggested the dance to go along with the song. This has been his biggest hit of the year. He has been making music for more than a decade.