Readers' Poll: The Ten Worst Bands of the Nineties

By | May 18, 2013

Rolling Stone


4. Hanson

It’s easy to see why some people resent Hanson. They were the first teen act of the decade to sell millions of records. (The New Kids on the Block began in the Eighties.) Major labels (again) realized the potential in selling records to tween girls; they had been overlooking them for years. It wasn’t long until the Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Britney Spears and tons of others were all over the radio. That said, it’s a little unfair to blame Hanson for that. They weren’t assembled by some Svengali and 40-year-old Swedish men didn’t write their songs. They were brothers who wrote their own material and made it very, very, very big. They also looked like girls, and “MMMBop” became very annoying after you heard it 10 million times. Many grew to hate them, and that feeling lingers to this day. The group has survived, though. Many of the original fans are still obsessed with them, and they still make a healthy living on the road.

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