MMMBop

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"MMMBop"
Hanson-mmmbop.jpg
Single by Hanson
from the album Middle of Nowhere
Released April 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock, teen pop
Length 4:28 (album version)
3:58 (single version)
Label Mercury, PolyGram
Songwriter(s) Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Zac Hanson
Producer(s) Dust Brothers, Stephen Lironi
Hanson singles chronology
"MMMBop"
(1997)
"Where's the Love"
(1997)
Music video
"MMMBop" on YouTube
Audio sample

"MMMBop" is a song written and performed by the American pop rock band Hanson. It was released in April 1997 as the lead single from their debut full length studio album, Middle of Nowhere (1997). The song was nominated for two Grammys at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards 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 No. 98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years", as well as No. 20 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s".[2]

Background[edit]

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

In an August 2004 interview with Songfacts, Zac Hanson explained the song's origins:

That song started out really as the background part for another song. We were making our first independent album and we were trying to come up with a background part. We started singing a slightly different incarnation of what is now the chorus of "MMMbop." That sort of stuck in our heads and never really worked as a background part, and over a couple of years, that piece really has stuck in our heads and we really crafted the rest of the song - the verses and bridge and so on.

What that song talks about is, you've got to hold on to the things that really matter. MMMbop represents a frame of time or the futility of life. Things are going to be gone, whether it's your age and your youth, or maybe the money you have, or whatever it is, and all that's going to be left are the people you've nurtured and have really built to be your backbone and your support system.

They [the lyrics] weren't inspired by one artist in particular. The first music that we got into was '50s and '60s music. If anything, "MMMbop" was inspired by The Beach Boys and vocal groups of that era - using your voice as almost a Doo-Wop kind of thing. It was something we almost stumbled upon.[3]

Track listing[edit]

"MMMBop" written by Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson.

CD single[edit]

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

US 7" single[edit]

  1. "MMMBop" (LP version) – 4:27
  2. "Where's the Love" – 4:12

US 12" single[edit]

  1. "MMMBop" (Berman Brothers Club Mix) – 5:14
  2. "MMMBop" (Berman Brothers Club Instrumental) – 5:14
  3. "MMMBop" (Soulful Club Mix) – 5:27
  4. "MMMBop" (Berman Brothers Radio Mix) – 3:17
  5. "MMMBop" (LP version) – 4:27

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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