No huge surprise here. “MMMBop” has always received a lot of flack–what song made by 14 year-olds, for 14 year-olds wouldn’t?–and the fact that the Tulsa trio is shouldered with the responsibility of having jump-started the “late 1990s teen pop revival” (NSync, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, et al.) makes them a shoo-in for any worst-of-90s poll.
And so, Rolling Stone readers have voted accordingly. At No. 6, the infectious 1997 hit single bested (or worsted) Celine Dion’s Titanic song (no. 7) but was determined to be slightly less grating than that Chumbawamba tune about drinking and pissing and falling over (No. 5).
Rounding out the top five are Vanilla Ice (“Ice, Ice Baby”), Billy Ray Cyrus (“Achy Breaky Heart”), Los Del Rio (“Macarena”), and Aqua (“Barbie Girl”).
For their part, the folks at Rolling Stone have done their best to say something nice about each band. For Hanson, it’s all about the fans:
Many see Hanson as a one-hit wonder band, but their fan base has remained incredibly loyal and they continue to play big shows. They even still play “MMMBop,” though one imagines that isn’t their favorite part of the show these days.
Other nice things about Hanson: they’re incredibly loyal to their fans, they love Tulsa, and their music has matured over the years into perfectly respectable pop-rock. Also, they’re just all-around nice dudes.
For the curious, here’s the complete list, starting with number 10.