Gospel music legend Shirley Caesar scores her highest charting song with a remix version of her classic song "Hold My Mule," featuring Albertina Walker and Milton Brunson. The song zooms up Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart (dated Dec. 3) at No. 2, propelled by its No. 1 debut on Gospel Streaming Songs.
Caesar says she was "shocked to see [people in videos] dancing and boogie-ing" to the song, she's grateful for her reach: "The Lord is so good to me." "Mule" marks Caesar's highest-charting of four Hot Gospel Songs top 10s, besting the No. 3 "God Will Make a Way" in 2013. The original version of "Mule" came out in 1988.
The song surged in popularity recently, thanks to social media memes (like the Mannequin Challenge) who came up with the #UNameIt Challenge. This started when DJ Suede The Remix God created an update of "Mule," with special focus on the line, "beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes" among other food shout-outs, obviously timely just ahead of Thanksgiving.
"Mule" gained greater traction when Chris Brown posted a video dancing to the song, inspiring further viral clips.