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We've All Been Singing MMMBop Wrong For 25 Years

Ali Condon

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We've All Been Singing MMMBop Wrong For 25 Years

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

It's officially been 25 years since boyband Hanson released their 1997 hit single 'MMMBop' and it turns out a lot of us have been singing the lyrics wrong this entire time.

Hanson made it big with the chart-topping song, seamlessly positioning themselves among the best boybands of the '90s. But despite the success of their one-hit wonder, fans of the song have been mishearing the words for years. All grown up, the three brothers explain here:

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Speaking on Australian radio show The Kyle and Jackie O Show back in 2017, brothers Isaac (Zac), Taylor and Joshua revealed that many fans sing the song with a 'wop' in the lyrics.

Isaac added that a lot of people will even 'sing that song and they start making it up as if it's nonsense.'

He continued: "But it's actually a repetitive part, it came from doo-wop songs. We grew up listening to street corner doo-wop vocalists. And so it's a background part."

The three brothers then performed a quick a cappella rendition of the song.

Hanson revealed the real lyrics of MMMBop. Credit: Kyle and Jackie O Show/KIIS 106.5
Hanson revealed the real lyrics of MMMBop. Credit: Kyle and Jackie O Show/KIIS 106.5

The band also explained there's a real, deep meaning behind the seemingly nonsense lyrics.

Asked by a fan what the song means, one of the brothers revealed: "'MMMBop' represents a frame of time.

"Here's a straight answer: 'In an Mmmbop, they're gone', says the lyric in the song. So, it's a frame of time and the whole song is basically about the fact that almost everything in your life will come and go very quickly and you've got to figure out what matters and grab onto those things."

That's just completely changed our perception of the tune!

The band also explained the meaning behind the song. Credit: Alamy
The band also explained the meaning behind the song. Credit: Alamy

Now that we all know how the song is supposed to be sung, *and* what it really means, we'll be sure to sing 'MMMBop' at the top of our lungs to celebrate its 25th anniversary accordingly.

Topics: Celebrity, Music

Ali Condon
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