Glen Campbell died from complications of Alzheimer's disease in 2017 as a beloved actor and one of the genre's most respected cross-over stars. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. He had hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston" and "Southern Nights," which recently started trending on TikTok.
Videos with the southern nights hashtag have been viewed more than 12 million times. The track was initially written, released and performed by Allen Toussaint, but Campbell made it famous when he released it in 1977. Now a younger generation of music lovers has discovered the song and is running it up the TikTok music charts.
TikTok users embedded the song with video clips that celebrate being born "in the right generation" and share reasons they think that's true. Reasons people give include everything from square pizza in the school cafeteria and snow days without remote learning to sleep timers on television, Zoloft and air fryers.
The song's lyrics include: Southern nights| Just as good even when you close your eyes| I apologize| To anyone who can truly say| That he has found a better way
Playing off the lyrics, the trend seems to center on sharing the details of what makes users' eras better than Campbell's.
According to TikTok, the trend has been popular in the United States for the last 13 days and is currently at 91 percent of peak viewership.