Between Michael Jordan hilariously staring at his iPad, Dennis Rodman explaining the art of rebounding (in predictably incoherent fashion), Isiah Thomas laying out his Dream Team qualifications and plenty of others not suitable for this website, we can all agree The Last Dance was a meme treasure trove. But of all The Last Dance memes currently in circulation, the one with the most staying power could be the viral clip of Jordan listening to his Walkman aboard the team bus to Game 1 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
Clearly unfazed by the challenge that lay ahead, MJ mentally prepared for the Utah Jazz by popping in an advanced copy of Kenny Lattimore's album, "From the Soul of Man." Jared Gaon, a 23-year-old who works in advertising, was so taken by the meme that he made it the basis for a hugely popular Twitter account, dubbing a wide range of well-known songs including “A Thousand Miles" By Vanessa Carlton and “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins over footage of Jordan dancing and snapping his fingers. The tweets spread like wildfire as Gaon’s account grew to nearly 50,000 followers in just a few days.
“I’m not going to say I expected it,” Gaon told ESPN's Malika Andrews. “But I felt it was such a meme-able thing that related to so many people.” The University of Maryland alum singled out Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” as his most popular tweet to date. "I think that's because it's so not something you'd expect Michael to jam out to,” said Gaon, who conceived the idea for his “Michael Jordan Jamming Out” account while watching The Last Dance at his parents’ home in New Jersey. “But it is a great song!”
Other viral tweets from the Jordan Jamming Out account include “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, Smashmouth’s “All-Star” and “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. A number of sports teams have called attention to the meme including the St. Louis Blues, who suggested Jordan rock out to “Gloria,” the team’s signature song and de facto rallying cry throughout their Stanley Cup run in 2019.
We’ve seen similar memes make the rounds on Twitter including the popular “Keanu Reeves Walking to Music” account, but even if it’s been done before, we’ll never tire of Jordan blasting Miley Cyrus' “Party in the USA.”