Fancy Like Dance is a hit that climbed to the top of country charts, got Walker Hayes a major endorsement deal with Applebee’s and has been embraced by fans all over the world. But despite its catchy earworms and silly lyrics, it’s also a deeply personal song that reflects Hayes’ relationship with his father.
The song, which was written by Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens for Hayes’ new Country Stuff EP, began as a conversation between the writers about how people tend to see music stars with their huge mansions, private jets and don’t necessarily picture them enjoying the things that make up a normal life. In the middle of their chat, it was Jenkins who coined the term “fancy like.”
It’s a light-hearted celebration of simple pleasures that encourages us to be more appreciative of life and take advantage of the things we love most. It’s a perfect summertime tune that’s now gone double platinum and reached number one on the iTunes all-genre and country charts.
Walker Hayes is a busy guy, but he always makes time for his family. That’s why he brought all six of his children on stage to perform a viral TikTok dance for the song “Fancy Like” while performing at Taste of Country in Buffalo, N.Y.
After watching the video, it was clear that this would be a fun way to spend time together, so they choreographed the dance. Within a week, the video had racked up millions of views and thousands of likes, making it the latest trending video on TikTok. Soon, a whole bunch of celebrities from both the country and non-country world started sharing their own versions of the fancy like dance. These include a pop star, a pregnant country singer, and even a chiropractor who showed off his fancy moves.