This week, Hanson celebrated 20 years since the release of 鈥淢MMBop,鈥 arguably one of the greatest summer playlist pop jams to emerge from the 鈥90s. (Or maybe even the greatest 鈥 but we鈥檙e not going to argue about that now.)

However, startling news emerged from the Hanson camp when the three brothers confirmed the unthinkable: That we鈥檇 been getting the words wrong this whole time. (Pause and gasp for dramatic effect.) [Editor/Major Hanson Fan Lisa Raphael鈥檚 Note:I鈥檝e been saying this for at least 15 years.]


Upon being asked by Vulture if he鈥檇 heard any decent covers of the song, middle brother Taylor responded without hesitation: 鈥淚 gotta be honest: no.鈥

鈥淧eople can鈥檛 sing the chorus right,鈥 Isaac added. 鈥淢ost of the time they syncopate it wrong.鈥

Well, excuuuuse us. And while nobody here has a time machine we can hop into and change the past, we can still offer four reasons why two decades after the fact, we still care about 鈥淢MMBop,鈥 the song we鈥檝e obviously failed. So take this as our apology, Hanson. It鈥檚 all we have left.

1. The song sounds good even WHEN you mess it up. Do you hear me, Taylor? Isaac? Zac? While there might be lyrics to you, we haven鈥檛 heard any distinct enough to warrant a continuity check. Not in 20 years. Instead, we get to sing 鈥淢MMBop, ba ba doo-bop, doo-ee-daa . . .鈥 before descending into madness and regaling ourselves with how much we love this song. Which brings me to my next point鈥

2. The song would be nothing without the video. I mean, right? Does anything embody the 鈥90s more than watching three siblings atop a background of shape-shifting flowers? Anything? Okay, yes, admittedly, the brothers鈥 outfits have been plucked from all our middle-school class photos, and their long, wavy, beachy hair has acted as our gateway into Googling, 鈥淗ow to get beach waves in the winter.鈥 But the video is perfect for a song that makes so little sense to the casual listener. At one point, they鈥檙e dancing in the street, at others, please see above image. The song is random! The video equally so! And it probably was created to be made into GIFs some day.

3. The song is secretly super-deep though. Don鈥檛 believe me? (Of course you do 鈥 we鈥檙e all friends here.) Behold the opening lines of this very popular song: 鈥淵ou have so many relationships in this life / only one or two will last / You go through all the pain and strife / Then you turn your back and they鈥檙e gone so fast.鈥

This, pals, was our first taste of philosophy. Or nihilism. Or anything more substantial than what we鈥檇 been listening to prior. Hanson was deep, you guys. This song was a vessel for thought and provocation and real, serious, human emotions. The only downside? It was set to such an upbeat vibe that we kind of lost sight of the real purpose thanks to scream-shouting the chorus. But I won鈥檛 fault any of us for that, because all we wanted was to dance.

4. 鈥淢MMBop鈥 is seriously so much fun to dance to. I mean, maybe don鈥檛 dance like this. This is kind of the least-cool way of dancing. (But if you like it, that鈥檚 also fine! When I dance I usually have to 鈥 by law 鈥 raise my hands in the air, so I probably shouldn鈥檛 speak on this at all.)

But for real: 鈥淢MMBop鈥 is a jam. It is a song that, should it come on at any venue at any time, will inspire you to get up and start going, 鈥淥h my God, YES!鈥 before launching into whatever dance moves you feel most comfortable with. It鈥檚 catchy and it鈥檚 upbeat and it reminds us all of wearing the exact type of necklaces Taylor dons in the video. It is 鈥90s mainstream pop, after all. And if there鈥檚 anything I know about myself and anyone who ever lived through the 鈥90s: that鈥檚 the highest praise of all.

Do you get the syncopation right in the chorus? Be honest @BritandCo!

(Photos via David Becker + Dan Callister/Getty)