Zanzibar Billy Joel challenge on TikTik
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The Zanzibar Billy Joel Dance Is the Latest TikTok Challenge to Go Viral

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Jan. 29 2021, Updated 4:05 p.m. ET

Reveal yourselves, Billy Joel fans! While it may be common practice for you to educate others on the artistry of the "Piano Man" aka Billy Joel, those days are officially over. And thanks to social media, TikTok in particular, the "Master of Music’s" tunes will continue to inspire the masses.

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In case you didn’t know, TikTok has become the hub of dance trends. From Saweetie’s ‘Tap In’ challenge to Doja Cat’s “Say So" number, many people have been getting on the fun. And now the hit song "Zanzibar" by Billy Joel has inspired a new challenge.

What is the Zanzibar Billy Joel Challenge on TikTok?

The Zanzibar Billy Joel challenge on TikTok is unlike the other dance trends that have graced the social app. While many users pick and choose which challenges to participate in based on their dance skills, there's no need to second guess giving the challenge a go.

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Created by TikToker maxmith_, the Zanzibar challenge consists of a series of basic hand motions including thumbs up, giving the middle finger, miming driving, and air guitar. In other words, these are the motions you do in the mirror when you're trying to channel your inner rockstar.

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And if you've scrolled through TikTok, you'll see that this dance is a fun way to pay homage to the icon. So, it's safe to say that the 80s revival is alive and well on the app.

The Zanzibar challenge is suitable for almost all ages.

There's no denying that some TikTok challenges can give you pause, especially when you consider the dance moves. And while there's nothing wrong with busting a move, some parents feel that the dance challenges can be a bit risqué.

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But when it comes to the Zanzibar challenge, it's almost perfect for anyone — the little ones shouldn't be flipping the middle finger. That's why it's no surprise that the trend has become the newest sensation in a matter of hours. 

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Many renditions of the Zanzibar challenged have raked in 500,000 views and counting. Not to mention, famous TikTokers Emma Chamberlain and She Crow have hopped in on the fun as well. 

The craze has even crossed social media lines. Many Twitter users have given their seal of approval, while others have been marveling at how timeless Billy Joel's music is.

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And it's safe to say that the iconic Billy Joel has earned himself a few more fans, thanks to the dance challenge. More people are becoming obsessed with the song by the minute — which is always a great thing.

When it comes to social media, some people are fans of it, while others choose to stay clear. But no matter which way you look at it, social media does a great job of bringing everyone together.

While TikToker maxmith_ hasn't revealed if she's working on creating another viral dance, she has continued to create more videos showing her fun and goofy personality. So, there may be another TikTok challenge coming down the pipeline soon.

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