Hanson Has Big Plans for the 20th Anniversary of "MMMBop" (Yes, It's Really Been 20 Years)

Exclusive: The band reveals 25th anniversary plans backstage at Greatest Hits

By Jean Bentley Jul 07, 2016 5:00 PMTags
Watch: Hanson Talks "MMMBop" Nearly 20 Years Later

The Hanson brothers aren't really amazed that they're all in their 30s—that's kind of how time works, you know?—but they understand the Internet's fascination with the fact that they are so much older now than when they first became famous.

"I think we broke onto the pop culture scene as young kids and I think people make that connection and have that association. I think a lot of the 'Oh my god, I can't believe it's been this long since a song came out' is that people see themselves," Taylor Hanson, now 33, tells E! News on the set of ABC's new summer series Greatest Hits. "They go, 'Oh my gosh, has that much time passed?'"

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Adds Zac Hanson, now 30, "In the end, it's still a compliment because people are using you as a point of reference and usually it's something that says, 'Oh, I remember that person, I remember that band, I remember that song and that makes me feel good, that makes me feel good about myself, that time period was good and wow, I'm really far from that.' It's a positive association relating to the past."

The brothers will perform "MMMBop" on tonight's episode of Greatest Hits—a song they've embraced in the nearly 20 years –yes, two decades!—since the song was released. "We have never run from our past. We definitely still sing 'MMMBop'. When we do concerts, we still play old songs," Zac explains.


In 2017, Hanson will celebrate 25 years playing together as a band and 20 years since the release of "MMMBop." As you might imagine, 25 years of material means that set lists for their shows are becoming increasingly difficult to make.

"Most of our shows are about two and a half hours long," confesses eldest brother Isaac Hanson, now 35.

After tonight's blast from the past on Greatest Hits, where they'll perform alongside Echosmith, you won't have to wait too long for new material from the Oklahoma brothers.

Says Isaac, "We're doing random shows around the U.S. What we've really got our sights on is next year, and 20 years since our first record, which we're really excited about."

Press play on the video above to find out when you can expect a new Hanson album, and tune in to their performance on Greatest Hits at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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