Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn,” a compelling portrayal of class tensions and fixation in the early 2000s, resurfaced on streaming platforms during the holiday season. This resurgence sparked widespread conversations on platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. The movie featured Barry Keoghan as the eccentric Oliver and Jacob Elordi as the charming and affluent Felix.

As discussions flourished, fans took it upon themselves to create Felix “fancams,” and the contentious scene involving bathwater consumption inspired a range of fan-produced items. However, the most prominently discussed element was the film’s closing scene, where a fully nude Oliver dances to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 2001 hit “Murder On The Dancefloor” on Felix’s family estate. This moment’s impact has transcended Film Twitter, finding its way into the popular music charts.

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In an intriguing twist, “Murder On The Dancefloor,” much like Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill,” witnessed a remarkable resurgence in the TikTok era. Within three days of “Saltburn” becoming available on Amazon Prime Video, the track garnered its highest daily global streams on Spotify, reaching 1.5 million plays. Subsequently, it debuted on the Global Spotify chart, clinching the no. 1 position on Spotify’s Viral 50 chart today.

Amidst the buzz, Sophie Ellis-Bextor shared a TikTok reenactment of Oliver’s dance moves, sporting antlers similar to those seen in the film. The video quickly went viral, amassing over 4.3 million views and nearly 500,000 likes.

Furthermore, the song started appearing on TikTok in various contexts, from reactions to “Saltburn” to participating in the “things I suffer from” trend. It’s evident that “Murder On The Dancefloor” stands as a testament to the online impact of “Saltburn,” and naturally, Keoghan’s unforgettable dance sequence.


Elena Cavender

Elena is a tech reporter and the resident Gen Z expert at Mashable. She covers TikTok and digital trends. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American History. Email her at[email protected]or follow her@ecaviar_.


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