Viral Tik Tok launches comeback of Fleetwood Mac


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(From left) Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, and John McVie are pictured performing during the 70s

Gianna Feminis, Co-Editor in Chief and Sports Editor

Who knew that a man riding a longboard with some cranberry juice in his hand would be 

responsible for making a 1977 hit relevant again in the year 2020?

Tik Tok user “420doggface208”, also known as Nathan Apodaca did just that when his video 

prominently featuring the 70’s era rock band Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” went viral.

“I have seen a ton of ‘Dreams’ Tik Toks, and I think they are amazing,” senior Meaghan Burton 

said. “The popularization of ‘Dreams’ with the younger generation proves that their music is 

timeless and anyone can enjoy it.”

“Dreams” is one of many hits from Fleetwood Mac. Founded by Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, 

Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer in 1967, later members Danny Kirwan, Christine McVie, Bob 

Welch, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined. 

The band name “Fleetwood Mac” was coined accidentally during a recording session. 

According to, Fleetwood claimed that Green once stated, “Well, I pretty much felt that one day I would leave, and I wanted Mick and John to have a band.” 

Green ended up leaving the band in 1970. That was the first of many obstacles the band would face.

Rolling Stone claimed guitarist Spencer to be “somewhere between the accidentally and the deliberately lost” in an article titled “Fleetwood Mac Stolen Away” from 1971.

Supposedly, Spencer quit the band hours before a show and joined “The Children of God” which was seen as a missionary by its followers, but a cult to the rest of society. Spencer would never return to the band. 

“I feel that the drama and the history of the band members in Fleetwood Mac makes their music and storytelling even more interesting,” Burton said. “I believe that they are great at creating lyrics that tell a story.”

The band would become even more dysfunctional. In the midst of the production of the band’s eleventh studio album, “Rumours”, Nicks split from partner and bandmate, Buckingham, and Christine McVie was in the middle of divorcing her husband and bandmate, John McVie. Fleetwood was also said to have had an affair with Nicks during this time.

“There were times when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham would be practically yelling the lyrics out of rage to each other, creating some of the best live performances of all time,” senior Rachel Leigh said.

The band prevailed through the turmoil, however, and to this day “Rumours” is considered by critics and fans as one of the greatest albums of all time. Additional hits such as “The Chain”, “Go Your Own Way”, and “Rhiannon” helped earn Fleetwood Mac a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. 

“I just feel like there is something unique about the sound of Fleetwood Mac that no one can replicate,” Burton said.

The “Dreams” Tik Tok video proves that Fleetwood Mac has stood the test of time. Young audiences not only have found the 1977 hit to be great, but it also opened the door to Fleetwood Mac’s other music.

“Kids who are young enough to be their grandkids are now feeling so emotionally connected to music they made almost 50 years ago,” assistant choir director Samantha Barra said. “That’s pretty powerful.”

On Oct. 6,  “Dreams” was number one on the iTunes charts and stayed for a week. Their “Greatest Hits” album was number one on Oct. 15, and “Rumours” topped out at seven on the iTunes chart.

“It just goes to show how timeless music is,” Barra said. “It doesn’t matter what time period it’s from, if people can relate to it, it’s going to be a hit.”

“Dreams” also re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 on Oct. 16, and was the 21st ranked song. It even reached the number 10 spot on Billboard’s Global 200 during the week of Oct. 19. The song originally debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 16, 1977, and spent a week at number one.

“This [being on the charts] is well deserved because of how ahead of its time the band was and shows how timeless their songs can be even a half a century later,” Leigh said.

Apodaca, the man who vibed to “Dreams” on Tik Tok, even received reactions from a couple of the bandmates. Both Fleetwood and Nicks created their own versions of the viral Tik Tok and went viral themselves.

“I hope they [Fleetwood and Nicks] are aware of the impact they’ve made on listeners and the music industry as a whole,” Barra said.

The “Dreams” Tik Tok is now the face of the app itself, as the video is prominent in Tik Tok’s televised commercials. More and more people are now indulging themselves in Fleetwood Mac’s music, and the already successful band is gaining momentum once again.

“The 70’s brought some of the most influential music in my opinion, but Fleetwood Mac was not only influential, it was more like a cultural reset,” Leigh said. “Their songs capture the inner workings of your mind by finding a way to produce the feeling of calming, peace, and warmth.”


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