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The ‘Old Town Road’ memes will ride ’til they can’t no more

From TikTok to meme to Billboard hit, the 'Old Town Road' cycle has been quite a ride.

 

Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Apr 11, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 3:08 pm CDT

If you didn’t know about “Old Town Road” last week, you probably do now.

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Lil Nas X’s genre-bending hit song debuted in December and quickly went viral thanks to TikTok‘s “Yee Yee Juice” challenge. In March, the track landed on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, perfectly illustrating its crossover appeal. But Billboard removed it from the country chart, citing that “Old Town Road” didn’t “embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”

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A loaded statement, to be sure. But late last week, the 20-year-old debuted a remix of the song, featuring a new verse from Billy Ray Cyrus, and it quickly shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s captured our imagination online, too: “Old Town Road” memes and reactions rose in tandem with his Billboard ascent, even before the remix. And Lil Nas X has intimate knowledge of how the meme cycle works.

Here are some of the best Old Town Road memes.

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The best Old Town Road memes

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People dancing to ‘Old Town Road’ in video clips

Naturally, a lot of the best “Old Town Road” memes use the song with a video clip of people dancing.

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‘I’m gonna take my horse to the hotel room’ misheard lyric

There’s also a curious subset of people who thought the lyric was “I’m gonna take my horse to the hotel room”—even though that makes no sense. Or does it?

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Did the Old Town Road meme peak when Stephen A. Smith jumped on it?

Possibly, but we’re still finding ways to incorporate it into our everyday lives—and historic space discoveries.

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*First Published: Apr 11, 2019, 6:00 am CDT