Dance Like It's The 80s (TikTok)

Dance Like It's The 80s (TikTok)

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Updated May 16, 2024 at 12:32PM EDT by sakshi.

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About

Dance Like It's The 80s is a TikTok trend that grew popular in May 2024, with kids asking their parents to dance like they did in the 1980s. The trend is typically set to the opening notes of the song "Smalltown Boy" featuring Jimmy Somerville, with people showing off quintessential 80s club dance moves.

Origin

The song "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat ft. Jimmy Somerville was released in May 1984, with the music video following the story of a young gay man who is forced to leave home (seen below).[1]



On April 29th, 2024, TikToker[2] @stargirltesfaye posted the earliest known video where someone asks their mom or dad to dance like they would in the 1980s to the aforementioned song, gathering over 18 million views and 1 million likes in two weeks (seen below).

@stargirltesfaye Told my momma to show me her moves from the 80’ssss! πŸ₯³πŸ«ΆπŸ»πŸ©· this is a positive space! Be kind! 😍 YALL GO FOLLOW MY MOMMAS ACCOUNT! @Lisa Rocha ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

Spread

On May 1st, TikToker[3] @lavaleritaaa posted a video following the trend format, recording their mom ask they dance to "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat. The post gathered over 12 million plays and 940,000 likes in two weeks (seen below, left).

On May 3rd, TikToker[4] @_miamimonkey posted a video showing their mom dancing to the trend as well, gathering over 14 million plays and 1.3 million likes in two weeks (seen below, right).

@lavaleritaaa Love her 😭 β€œSe me espeluco el moΓ±o” πŸ˜‚ #80s #momdancechallenge ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

@_miamimonkey Do we all have the same mom? πŸ˜‚ I thought y’all were joking until I had her do it blindly πŸ˜‚ @Savvy Sandy #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #80sdancemoves #80smusic ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

On May 7th, TikToker[5] @savannahhkaddouri posted a video showing her father dancing to the trend, gathering over 28 million plays and 3.8 million likes in a week (seen below, left). On May 12th, TikToker[6] @yungkimlet posted a video showing their mom dancing to "Smalltown Boy" like she would have in the 80s, gathering over 38 million likes in four days (seen below, right).

@savannahhkaddouri 80s boogie man #fyp #80sdancechallenge #80s #80sdance #dad #dancing #fypγ‚·γ‚šviral #fypage #foru #foryoupage #dance #80schallenge #80smusic @bederkaddouri ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

@yungkimlet she absolutely ate this up, what i wouldnt give for a time machine #fyp #dancing #80s #dancechallenge ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

Various Examples

@bucc40 #80s #momdancechallenge ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

@veeantonacci πŸ₯ΉπŸ«Ά best moves #80s #80smusic #80sdance #parentsdancing #parents #80saesthetic ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€
@gabbygooly Realizing I dance just like my mom… #80sdancechallenge #80smusic #80sdance ♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

@mamigenius

she dont playyyyyy

♬ original sound – Tiktok / IG strategy πŸš€

Search Interest

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External References

[1] YouTube – Bronski Beat

[2] TikTok – stargirltesfaye

[3] TikTok – lavaleritaaa

[4] Β TikTok – _miamimonkey

[5] TikTok – savannahhkaddouri

[6] TikTok – yungkimlet

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