The Newest TikTok Hit Is Giving Everyone ‘Just Dance’ Flashbacks
We can’t time travel (yet), but unexpectedly hearing a song that you listened to a lot when you were younger is the next best thing. With TikTok, that happens frequently—like when Kesha’s “Cannibal” and Aly and AJ’s “Potential Breakup Song” became hits on the app in 2020. However, no song has resurfaced more visceral middle school memories by popping up in my feed than Boney M’s “Rasputin.”
“There lived a certain man in Russia long ago,” the lyrics go. “He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow.”
While the song was first released in 1978, it’s now being used on TikTok as a soundtrack for people showing off their muscles. But for late ‘90s babies on the app, the song will only ever remind them of this:
“Rasputin” appeared on the Wii game Just Dance 2 in 2010, and was therefore the soundtrack of every 13-year-old’s basement birthday party or sleepover. For every video attempting to use the song for the latest trend…
...there’s a video from an early 20-something putting some Just Dance respect on its name.
There’s also this frog, which I’ll concede falls into neither category.
Over one and a half million videos have been made with the sound, many featuring the original Just Dance choreography.
Which begs the question—will the next installment of Just Dance feature the Renegade?