If you’re a ‘90s kid, chances are you had Hanson’s hit song “MMMBop” on your playlist at some point. But do you know what it actually means?
Over the years (20 years to be exact) “MMMBop” has continued to be that catchy song that we love so much but really have no idea what it means. It is upbeat, fun and sticks in your head from the moment you see the title. That being said, there is a reason Hanson wrote the song and it’s much deeper than we ever expected.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Hanson — which is made up of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac — revealed that the song was actually written about a time in the boys’ life when they knew if music was important to them, they would have to sacrifice a lot to succeed at it.
“That song is partly about the feeling we were starting to feel, of making music and deciding to stick with something,” Taylor told Entertainment Weekly. “Everybody around us, even our friends, didn’t really get what we were doing. A couple years in, even as really young people, we had to decide, ‘Well, there’s soccer practice, or there’s the show.'”
If you didn’t catch that deeper meaning and thought that went into the coming of age song, you’re not alone. In fact, Zac calls the song, “the most misunderstood successful song of all time.”
“Even at the height of 1997, it’s a song nobody understood,” he told the publication. “99 percent of the people who have any reference from it don’t understand it.”
We have to admit we had no idea the song was about dealing with fame, but now that we know, we’re probably never going to be able to listen to “MMMBop” in the same way again!