MMMBop

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This article is about the song. For the album, see MMMBop (album).
"MMMBop"
Single by Hanson
from the album Middle of Nowhere
Released April 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)
Format CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop rock, teen pop
Length 4:28 (album version)
4:01 (single version)
Label Mercury, PolyGram
Writer(s) Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Zachary Hanson
Producer(s) The Dust Brothers
Certification 2× Platinum (ARIA)
Hanson singles chronology
"MMMBop"
(1997)
"Where's the Love"
(1997)
Music sample

"MMMBop" is a song written and performed by the American pop rock band Hanson from their 1997 album Middle of Nowhere. The song was nominated for two Grammys at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in February 1998, and is the band's most successful single to date. "MMMBop" was phenomenally successful, especially for a debut single, reaching number one in 27 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and Mexico.[1] In the United Kingdom, the song sold 710,000 copies and stayed at number one for 3 weeks. It was voted the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll, while also topping critics' polls from such media as Rolling Stone, Spin, and VH1, and was ranked as #20 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s", as well as #98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years".

Due perhaps to the song's extraordinary success as well as its "sugary-sweet" pop music sound, "MMMBop" is also the target of considerable criticism and parody.[2] The song was ranked at #17 on the list of AOL Radio's "100 Worst Songs Ever" in 2010, with Matthew Wilkening exclaiming, "The Dust Brothers produced amazing albums by Beck and the Beastie Boys, which almost makes up for this [song]."[3]

Background[edit]

The song originally appeared on the 1996 independent album MMMBop as a ballad, but was reworked as an upbeat pop track by hit producers The Dust Brothers.

Like many songs that achieved extreme popularity, this song has experienced a backlash against its once ubiquitous airplay. Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania held a student-created fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina called "Stop the Bop". The school played the song before classes began in the morning, and between each period over the school PA system. The playing of this song was only stopped when the school raised $3,000 for hurricane relief and the school thereby "stopped the bop".[4] After the fundraising had concluded, Hanson responded by matching the students' donation as well as sending a copy of their 2004 album Underneath for every student in the school.

This tactic was also used again in the famous "Stop MMMBop" charity campaign at Mount Douglas Secondary School located in Saanich, British Columbia, Canada when the song was played nonstop before and after classes and even during lunch hour. It would play until the school raised enough money to build a school in Sierra Leone. As well as students paying to stop "MMMBop", a small group of students created the "Keep MMMBop" charity, which got students to donate to the same cause, but it would keep "MMMBop" playing instead of stopping it.[5]

As "MMMBop" became more and more infamous due to massive airplay, Hanson appeared in a Saturday Night Live sketch with host Helen Hunt and cast member Will Ferrell. Two terrorists, played by Hunt and Ferrell, are so furious at the song's ubiquity they take the brothers hostage in an elevator and force them to listen to the song over and over until Zac and Isaac have gone completely insane and Hunt kills Ferrell, leaving Taylor unscathed.[6]

On the Fox show House, Gregory House uses the song as his cell phone ringtone when the members of his team call him. The song is also used in the show Lizzie McGuire in the episode "Lizzie's Eleven". "Weird Al" Yankovic sang the chorus in "Polka Power!", the polka medley from his 1999 album Running with Scissors. The song appeared in one episode of MTV animated series Daria in its first season and in the 2013 film The Hangover Part III. In an episode of the MTV series When I Was 17, Kourtney Kardashian reveals that "MMMBop" was a favorite song of hers.

"MMMBop" also appeared in the Futurama episode "Anthology of Interest I" from 2000, where Hanson parody themselves.

"MMMBop" also is featured in the About a Boy (TV series) episode "About a Poker Night" from 2014.

A remixed version of MMMBop appears in the Despicable Me 2 short film Puppy. It also appears on the soundtrack of Michael Benveniste's "Tedd Can Chronicles" preproduction 2014 (citation needed).

In David Michael Sirois' award winning play Brothers Beckett, the character Doug uses the first few lines of the song lyrics as "words of wisdom" to help the boys understand how to treat friends and relationships.

Due to the band's age difference between the time "MMMBop" was recorded and present day, Hanson have since come to perform the track (as well as other songs from their earlier albums) in a noticeably lower key (a perfect fourth lower in this case) than when Zac was a child and Taylor and Isaac were teenagers.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson.

  1. "MMMBop" (album version) – 4:01
  2. "MMMBop" (Dust Brothers Mix) – 4:28
  3. "MMMBop" (Hex Mix) – 3:26
  4. "MMMBop" (single version) – 4:01

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G.
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 24, 1997 – June 7, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy
featuring Faith Evans and 112
Preceded by
"I Wanna Be the Only One"
by Eternal featuring Bebe Winans
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 1, 1997 – June 14, 1997
Preceded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
June 1, 1997 – July 27, 1997 (9 weeks)
Preceded by
"I Want You" by Savage Garden
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
May 24, 1997 – July 12, 1997
Succeeded by
"Bitch" by Meredith Brooks
Preceded by
"Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye)"
by Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
June 14, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy
featuring Faith Evans and 112
Preceded by
"Can We" by SWV
New Zealand Singles Chart number-one single
June 22, 1997 (2 weeks)
Preceded by
"Vivo per lei- Ich lebe fur sie"
by Andrea Bocelli & Judy Weiss
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
June 22, 1997 (4 weeks)
Preceded by
"Sonic Empire"
by Members of Mayday
German Singles Chart number-one single
June 20, 1997 (1 week)
Preceded by
"Clumsy" by Our Lady Peace
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
July 14, 1997 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Building a Mystery" by Sarah McLachlan
Preceded by
"Ecuador" by Sash! featuring Rodriquez
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart number-one single
July 12, 1997 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy
featuring Faith Evans and 112
Preceded by
"Blond" by Rainhard Fendrich
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
June 29, 1997 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"Bailando" by Paradisio
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
June 6, 1997 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Bailando" by Paradisio

References[edit]

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