Private schoolboy goes viral with stunning verse of Top Gun: Maverick song on TikTok – with almost as many viewers as the population of Australia
- Robbie Hunt, 18, has gone viral after singing the first verse of ‘Great Balls of Fire’
- The St Joseph’s College student said the new-found fame was ‘pretty crazy’
- The clip, shared on his TikTok account, amassed a whopping 23 million views
A Sydney schoolboy has gone viral for an electrifying 13-second performance of a 1950s rock-and-roll hit he heard for the first time while watching Top Gun: Maverick.
Robbie Hunt, who attends St Joseph’s College at Hunters Hill, belted out 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 a whopping 23 million views and shows the 18-year-old wearing his school uniform and playing piano while singing the first verse of the Jerry Lee Lewis classic.
Robbie Hunt, 18, has gone viral after sharing a 13-second TikTok clip (pictured) where he plays piano while belting out 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 a couple times and I 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 kind of playing around and I thought, “oh, there it is”.’
Hunt said he did not think the video would receive so much attention and that his new-found 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, “that’s very annoying at this time in the morning” and then I went and looked at it.
‘I was like, “Oh, it’s on 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 in Top Gun: Maverick (pictured)
He then went to class and came back to one million views – which has since soared.
Ben Fordham 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’, one user wrote.
‘He’s Australian OMG I am too, I want you [for real],’ another user wrote.
A third user chimed: ‘So are u single or what?’
‘Who is this kid and when can I marry him,’ another user commented.
Hunt, who has been singing for ‘nearly [his] whole life’ and playing piano since ‘early primary school’, said he wants to pursue music after school and is focused on doing well in his exams.
Hunt noted his family and friends love how the video has gone viral with some calling it ‘hilarious’. However, his grandparents have warned him not to ‘get a big head’ and let the attention distract him from his HSC trials.
‘Obviously music and that 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 go well in school and sport,’ Hunt said.
The teen is in the midst of preparing for his HSC trials and has already been accepted into the prestigious JMC Arts Academy.
Hunt (pictured) is in the midst of preparing for his HSC trials and is focused on doing well in his exams despite already being accepted into the prestigious JMC Arts Academy