Song: “MMMbop” by Hanson
Reached #1: May 24, 1997 (their first, 3 weeks)
OK, let’s be honest. You saw the title of this post, and the song went off in your head. You can probably still hear it now, even without hitting Play.
For Hanson, that was good… and bad.
It was good, because it gave three young boys what everybody in pop music wants – a place at the top of the charts. It was bad, because it defined Hanson in a way that they could never escape. There’s a simple reason this remains the only major hit Hanson had – this wasn’t really a typical song for them, and it’s a song they grew out of rather quickly.
It’s not like they’ve failed – they haven’t, as they continue to make albums and tour, and do well with them. They’re just well off the pop music radar – they’ve grown up, and if they started today, they might make it as a pop group, but they’re bound by “MMMbop” in a way that they may never completely escape.
But it has been fifteen years. FIFTEEN YEARS?!?!
Yes. The three have all married, and have 8 children among them. They’ve done 5 albums (mostly released on their own label because they got tired of major label politics rather quickly). You might remember the side project Taylor (the keyboardist) did a couple of years ago, Tinted Windows. And as recently as 2010, they drew 20,000 fans to an outdoor concert in New York City – causing a bit of a riot, as the venue couldn’t quite hold that many people…
I guess, though, times change and the torch must be passed. They’re currently the support act for a Canadian tour by ex-Canadian Idol finalist – and current earworm producer – Carly Rae Jepsen. She had their number, and called them – maybe?
Tomorrow, we revisit a U.K. ‘80s duo…
Other songs that reached #1 on May 24:
1969 – “Get Back” by the Beatles featuring Billy Preston (the Beatles’ seventeenth, 5 weeks)
1975 – “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind, & Fire (their first, 1 week)
2008 – “Take A Bow” by Rihanna (her third, 1 week)