There's no practical reason that Billy Joel's "Zanzibar"—a cut from his hit 1978 LP 52nd Street, which also features the Joel smashes/karaoke stand-bys "Big Shot" and "My Life"—is going viral via the vehicle of a TikTok dance. There's no anniversary happening, and the bar the song references—an unremarkable Midtown sports bar called Zanzibar—has been closed for decades. Perhaps the song hits at the life moments that struck us as unremarkable at the time, but times we're now yearning for; I'd pay $1M cash to sit at a middle-of-the-road sports bar safely right now.
And yet, "Zanzibar" zooms. Behold: