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"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 a major success worldwide, reaching number one in at least 12 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"MMMBop"
Hanson-mmmbop.jpg
Single by Hanson
from the album Middle of Nowhere
ReleasedApril 15, 1997 (1997-04-15)
FormatCD
Recorded1995 (3 Car Garage version) 1996 (Middle of Nowhere version)
Genre
Length
  • 4:28 (album version)
  • 3:58 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Hanson singles chronology
"MMMBop"
(1997)
"Where's the Love"
(1997)
Audio sample
Music video
"MMMBop" on YouTube

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. 20 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s",[1] as well as No. 98 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years".[2]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

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 listingsEdit

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

CD single

  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

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

US 12" single

  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

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[47] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[48] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[49] Platinum 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[50] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[51] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[52] Platinum 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[53] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Platinum 758,000[54]
United States (RIAA)[57] Platinum 1,500,000[56]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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