One of the beauties of the music industry is that you never know where your favorite song will come from. Even though we may have artists whose music is our collective hats to hang our hats on, there are always those few songs that seem to come out of nowhere and leave our mouths on the ground. What’s even weirder is when it comes from artists who aren’t even associated with rock at all.
As far back as the ’60s, some of the best rock songs of all time came from bands that didn’t quite fit the mold of rock and roll to begin with. Whether it’s because of their past work or something else, these artists are normally never associated with the world of rock, seeking to better fit into pop, R&B, or their other respective genres.
For some reason though, the stars aligned and we received some of the greatest rock songs from each respective era among these people. Very few people can pull off such a musical chameleon number, but who knows? Perhaps in a past life these artists may have found their true calling as some of the biggest names in rock. Either way, it’s nice to see things at least come together like this once.
Anyone who remembers the 90s knows that almost everyone loved clowning around on Hanson. Outside of their teenage fanbase, the fact that these 3 brothers managed to sound like the healthiest band this side of the Partridge family did nothing to endear them to the alternative crowd or anything. . Around the turn of the century, however, something strange began to happen: Hanson grew up like crazy.
While something like Penny and Me is a far cry from Megadeth or anything, there are a lot more songwriting tricks at play here than what you got out of MMMBop back then. Over the years, they seem to have traded in their cutesy image for big, loud pop bangers, including this one, which sounds like something that might have played on AM radio in the 70s, but works just as well as an early 2000s pop. rock song.
Since the rise of poptimism that was also happening around the same time, it’s a kind of super power pop that we usually looked for in bands like the Fratellis or Fountains of Wayne at the time. That’s all Hanson though, and he manages to beat some of the most respected acts like Lifehouse any day of the week. Hanson is still the same band we knew back then, the songs just seem more lived in at this point.