It’s 2021, and TikTok has found yet another throwback hit to turn viral.
This time, it’s Hoobastank‘s “The Reason,” released back in 2003 via Island Records. The song spent 38 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its release, peaking at No. 2 on the chart dated June 18, 2004.
Sixteen years ago, the song made waves for its early-aughts rock instrumental and heartfelt lyrics pledging growth after a relationship gone sour — but for Gen Z, it’s an opportunity to reveal their most embarrassing thoughts and moments.
To the tune of the song’s opening line — “I’m not a perfect person” — TikTok users admit to misunderstanding what hibernation is or what a life sentence in prison means, accidentally revealing their real age at a bar, and more cringeworthy memories.
The hashtag #NotAPerfectPerson currently has more than 512 million views, with the “The Reason” used in more than 73,000 videos.
Amid the trend, Hoobastank was inspired to join in on the fun, creating a TikTok account and hilariously admitting that maybe their band name isn’t the greatest. The clip hit 2 million views in just 48 hours, and the band currently has 83,500 followers. Seems like Hoobastank found a reason to start over new… and the reason is you, TikTok.
See below for some of our favorite #NotAPerfectPerson videos (including Hoobastank’s).
@hoobastank##notaperfectperson ##fyp ##thereason ##bandnames ##badbandnames ##radbandnames ##hoobastank ##chumbawamba ##jamiroquai♬ The Reason – Hoobastank
@ido_cokei just found this out like 3 months ago #fyp #xyzbca♬ The Reason – Hoobastank
@aidan_langfordI just found this out like a week ago….♬ The Reason – Hoobastank
@kylemasseyCory Has Left The Building lll send this to 2 friends #IMNOTPERFECT #quarantine #Leavethehouse♬ The Reason – Hoobastank
@wyattmetzger99I do be hypocritical. Mostly cuz I hate hippos #BoseAllOut♬ The Reason – Hoobastank
@justme.rodExcel? Never heard of her #work #millennial #workfromhome #office #workdistractions♬ The Reason – Hoobastank