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Hanson Singing Stripped Down Version of MMMBop Will Make You Feel Nostalgic

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Hanson, the American pop band consisting of long-haired brothers who burst onto the limelight with the hit song ?MMMBop? in 1997, are not yet quite done stealing our hearts away.

Isaac, Taylor, and Zac recently performed a stripped down version of ?MMMBop? in Greatest Hits, the new series that premiered on ABC last June 30.

For the uninitiated, Greatest Hits is a show that features iconic music artists from the ?80s, ?90s, and early 2000s performing their old hits alongside present-day chart-toppers. Aside from unique solo performances, this show promises to stage never-before-done duets between artists who have never collaborated before.

Hosted by Arsenio Hall and Kelsea Ballerini, Greatest Hits is directed by Leon Knoles and produced by Ken Ehrlich, James McKinlay and Raj Kapoor.

For those of you who barely remember ?MMMBop,? it is the phenomenal song written and performed by the Hanson brothers. A debut single from the band?s Middle of Nowhere album, ?MMMBop? was a chart-topper in 27 countries, including Germany, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Reports say that ?MMMBop? sold more than 710,000 copies and was a chart-leader for three weeks.

Apart from being a commercial success, the song was also a critical success. ?MMMBop? topped the critics? poll mounted by such big music authorities as Rolling Stone, Spin, and VH1. It was also chosen as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.

?MMMBop? was also nominated for two Grammys at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in February 1998. VH1 ranked it as at No. 20 in its ?100 Greatest Songs of the 90s,? and at No. 98 in its ?100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years.?

Apart from creating music and doing tours, the Hanson brothers have also been involved in charitable work. In 2006, Hanson released a song titled ?Great Divide,? which the band recorded with a school choir in Soweto, South Africa. Proceeds from the song went to AIDS research and prevention in Africa. In 2008, the band released a coffeetable book called ?Take the Walk? to raise funds for certain aid groups in Africa.

Watch their performance below:

 

Here?s the original version of ?MMMBop?:

 

Which do you think is better, the original or the stripped-down version? Tell us what you think.

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