Hanson: ‘We haven’t ever heard a good ‘MMMBop’ cover’

'You know why? People can't sing the chorus right,' says Ian Hanson

Hanson have claimed they have yet to hear a good cover version of their classic hit ‘MMMBop’.

Both One Direction and The Vamps have tackled the ’90s smash in recent years, but the song’s writers and original performers – Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson and Zac Hanson – reckon its chorus is a persistent stumbling block.

After Taylor Hanson told Vulture that he has yet to be impressed by an ‘MMMBop’ cover, Isaac Hanson elaborated: “You know why? People can’t sing the chorus right. Most of the time they syncopate it wrong.”


“I think ‘MMMBop’ probably needs a really good cover…” Zac Hanson added, before Taylor suggested: “Someone needs to either make it totally their own in a genuinely unique way, or it needs to be a band that has a sensibility for old R&B. Fitz and the Tantrums could maybe do it…”

“If Bruno Mars were interested, he’d probably find a way to kill it,” Isaac then suggested.

‘MMMBop’ is currently celebrating its 20th birthday. The original ballad version of the song appeared on Hanson’s independent album of the same name which was released in March 1996.

The following year, the song became a Number One hit in the UK and US after being reworked into an upbeat pop track by producers The Dust Brothers.

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