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Before the Jonas Brothers, there was Hanson. Debuting in the mid 90s, the three brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma rocketed to huge success only to fall off the face of the earth just as fast. Isaac, Taylor, and Zac have made several comebacks, but could never regain the popularity that their first major hit “MMMBop” gave them. Believe it or not, they’re still around today. There is something about them that although their success was fleeting, it was definitely memorable.

Boy Band Sensation

I remember my friend got the Hanson CD for her birthday in 3rd grade, and even though I barely knew who they were, I proclaimed “Move over Spice Girls! There’s a new band in town!” These teenage heartthrobs with their long, blond locks were enough to make any girl crazy. Hanson was my first experience with the boy band craze, although Backstreet Boys and Nsync quickly followed (and replaced) the trio.




Probably considered a one hit wonder among some circles, this song was what really launched Hanson. Both written and performed by the pop group, this catchy song debuted on their 1997 album Middle of Nowhere. Its crazy to think that a song I only knew one word of reached number one in  27 countries. This is a timeless song, however, that never gets old. I still don’t know what the other words are!


When they hit the music scene, the brothers were between 10 and 15 years old. They sounded and looked like girls. I remember watching them on TV once and seriously contemplating if they were really guys or not. There were also a lot of rumors going around that one of them was gay. They played off “cool” really well, and I was ready to accept them back into my life when I heard they had released new music in 2000 with their seventh album This Time Around. They were mature, actually sounded like guys, and were starting to look really cute. “If Only” became a second favorite to “MMMBop.”


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Photo By koesbong

The brothers have come a long way from their tween years…. they’re all married and have kids! They now record under their own independent label 3GC Records. They’ve been on several tours and are really into charity work. They mostly support children in Africa who have been affected by AIDS. Their most recent CD The Walk was released in 2007, and they are currently working on another album to release sometime this year. Hanson has moved from “Pop” to a more Indie Rock sound and the transformation has been for the better. If you hated Hanson, you should seriously give them a second chance.

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Photo From ‘twenty something somethings’



Every band has it’s fans, but the ones who have truly stuck by Hanson for more than ten years are truly irreplaceable. Apparently many Hanson fans around the world celebrate “Hanson Day” on May 6th which was the day their first album was released. I would really like to know if they’ve stuck around for the music, or for the dream boys. If you feel the urge to reconnect to your days as a Hanson fan, check out their surprisingly spiffy website.

So I have to ask… are there any Hanson fans out there? Any haters? Personally, I’ll take Hanson over the Jonas Brothers any day!

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24 Responsesto “Hanson”

  1. amy says:

    i would take jonas.

  2. Louisa says:

    I totally LOVE Hanson!
    Since they first came out in 1997, I have never stopped. Its unfortunate the reason people think they disappeared was due to major issues with their record label where they had to leave and get moved around and finally created their own label!
    But their music is why I am such a fan.. the way they write their lyrics, and then sing them so meainingfully.. oh they arre really amazing and with age they have only become more talanted x

  3. Mark says:

    I never thought they looked like girls; they adopted the grunge-look; the long blond hair was ‘rock’!

  4. jacinta says:

    i’m hanson’s fan and i think they looked more genious
    and zac….he is mature but looked cute just like mmmbop 1996
    how i admire u hanson epecially zachary i love you sooooooooo much

  5. Sophie says:

    Well i am 10 so i wasn’t born then but this is a good band and finally they cut there hair they looked like girls lol

  6. Shirley says:

    I Don’t Believe it.

    Que coisa mais linda!!!

  7. MHO says:

    I still play Mmmmboob sometimes!!!! luv this song and the band.

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  9. Thargraves says:

    Wow, How old I feel when someone posts they are 10 and don’t remember them. Yikes!! I was in college, so I liked their songs on the radio, but was not a boy band fan. Just searching through some sites about them since I am bringing my son to DisneyWorld for his birthday and Hanson is playing at the Eat to the Beat in Epcot on the day we go to Epcot. Must say I was a little disappointed when I found out I just missed Sister Hazel by a day but I am looking forward to seeing Hanson perform live there now that I have searched some of the more frequent music by them

  10. darre says:


    These guys are just so full of talent…It really is not about being popular, it’s about making music…One of the best Hanson songs- “Been There Before” (2007)– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMk7oXWR_U0

  11. darre says:

    Hanson’s 2004 Underneath album is among their best work…

    “Penny and Me”-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNXSts4ptbE
    “Crazy Beautiful” live-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJneTVvlaL0

  12. Paul says:


    : )

  13. yun says:

    love taylor so much

  14. Jam says:

    I am from the Philippines and their songs still get me every time. I am a proud 90′s kid, proud to know Hanson. :)

  15. Eddy says:

    Hanson vs. Jonas Bro’s, is like comparing two red buckets. From outside they might look similar, but when you look inside, one is full of crabs and the other one is full of crap. Hanson by 1000 miles!

  16. marissa says:

    yeah. they look like girls.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am yorleni i love you

  18. yorleni says:

    I lo ve you zac

  19. April says:

    I pick Hanson! I have been a fan since 1997 yes 16 years.

    Here’s an update for people who don’t know… Since The Walk album in 2007 they have released 2 albums. Shout It Out in 2010 which had the hits Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’ and Give A Little. This year 2013 they released Anthem. With the single “Get The Girl Back” You can vote for the video on Vh1 Top 20 countdown through facebook and twitter. http://www.vh1.com You also can request the song on your local radio station. Hanson’s official website is http://www.hanson.net and their username on twitter is @hansonmusic hashtags that are being used : #Hanson / #GetTheGirlBack and #Anthem

    I really think that if you haven’t heard Hanson since MmmBop then you really should check out the new album Anthem.

  20. khikz says:


  21. david 1994 says:

    hanson is one of the top ten best groups from the 90s

  22. david 1994 says:

    my top ten 90s groups
    1. smash mouth
    2. the smashing pumpkins
    3. presidents of the united states
    5. light funkie ones
    6. backstreet boys
    7. brittney spears
    8. christina agulera
    9. new radicals
    10. semi sonic

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