The Hanson brothers' hit song "MMMBop" was released almost 20 years ago, which is probably an unwelcome fact to most people who remember its heyday. In honor of the milestone, Isaac, Taylor, and Zac — all now in their 30s — got together with Vulture to talk about the song's long-lasting influence.
Probably the most illuminating part of the interview was the casual revelation that just about all of us have been singing "MMMBop" wrong for close to two decades now. When asked if the trio had ever heard any good covers of the song, Taylor said, "I gotta be honest: No," to which Isaac quickly followed up, "You know why? People can't sing the chorus right. Most of the time they syncopate it wrong."
They didn't expand on the specifics of that, so it's not clear if the "MMM" is getting stressed too hard, or the "Bop," or some clashing combo of the two, but all you need to know is that you're doing it wrong. "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," said Taylor. Then Isaac chipped in with his thoughts, which amounted to, "If Bruno Mars were interested, he'd probably find a way to kill it."
So there you have it. You've been botching the chorus to "MMMBop" for two decades, but Bruno Mars could kill it. To be fair, he just shared the stage with Beyoncé at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, and, well, you didn't. No need to feel bad.