Schoolboy Robbie Hunt goes viral singing song Top Gun: Maverick with 23 million views on TikTok

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A deprived schoolboy goes viral with a stunning verse of the song Top Gun: Maverick on TikTok – with almost as many viewers as the Australian population

  • Robbie Hunt, 18, went viral after singing the first verse of ‘Great Balls of Fire’
  • The St Joseph’s College student said the newfound fame was ‘pretty crazy’
  • The clip, shared on his TikTok account, has amassed 23 million views

A Sydney schoolboy has gone viral for an electrifying 13-second performance of a 1950s rock and roll hit he first heard while watching Top Gun: Maverick.

Robbie Hunt, who attends St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, sang a rendition of Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1957 hit ‘Great Balls of Fire’ in one of the school’s music rooms.

The TikTok clip has amassed 23 million views and shows the 18-year-old wearing his school uniform and playing the piano while singing the first verse of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic.

The 13-second TikTok clip amassed 22.9 million views

Robbie Hunt, 18, went viral after sharing a 13-second TikTok clip (pictured) where he plays the piano while singing the first verse of Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1957 hit ‘Great Balls of Fire’. The video has amassed 23 million views

Mr Hunt admitted to 2GB host Ben Fordham on Monday that he had never heard the song but was inspired to learn it after watching the Top Gun sequel.

“I heard the song many times and wanted to learn it but never really took the time to do it,” Mr Hunt said.

“I sat down and heard the song and started playing and thought ‘oh, this is it’.

Hunt said he didn’t think the video would get that much attention and that his newfound fame was “pretty crazy”.

“I just posted it and went to bed,” Hunt said.

“When I woke up and my phone kept vibrating I was like ‘this is very boring at this time of the morning’ and then I went to watch it.

‘I was like, “Oh, that’s over 500,000 [views]oh that’s a huge number”.’

The St Joseph's College student said he first heard the song while watching the iconic scene from Top Gun: Maverick (pictured)

The St Joseph’s College student said he first heard the song while watching the iconic scene from Top Gun: Maverick (pictured)

It then went to class and returned to the million views – which has since skyrocketed.

Ben Fordham has described Hunt as “looking like a movie star” and social media users agree, with some even asking for his hand in marriage.

“Holy moly, hot and can sing,” wrote one user.

‘He’s Australian OMG so am I, I want you [for real]’ wrote another user.

A third user chimed in: ‘So are you single or what?’

“Who is this child and when can I marry him,” another user commented.

Hunt, who has been singing for “almost [his] all his life” and has been playing the piano since “early elementary school,” said he wanted to pursue music after school and was focused on passing his exams.

Hunt noted that her family and friends loved how the video went viral, with some calling it “hilarious.” However, his grandparents warned him not to “get big-headed” and let the attention distract him from his HSC trials.

“Obviously music and that kind of stuff is what I want to do with my life, but I think the way I can give back is to put my head down and do well in school and in sports” , Hunt said.

The teenager told the Mosman Collective that he was preparing for his HSC trials and had already been accepted into the prestigious JMC Arts Academy.

Hunt (pictured) is preparing for his HSC essays and is focused on passing his exams despite having already been accepted into the prestigious JMC Arts Academy

Hunt (pictured) is preparing for his HSC essays and is focused on passing his exams despite having already been accepted into the prestigious JMC Arts Academy

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