“Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” by Crash Test Dummies is a love-it-or-hate-it ditty by beloved Canadian band, Crash Test Dummies (at least they were beloved in Canada for a few years).
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The lyrics focus on kids with abnormalities (white hair, birthmarks and Pentecostal parents). A bold move since the song potentially offends all people with white hair, birthmarks and “lurch and shake” religious leanings.
But for some reason, even though the vocals are awful, the lyrics are bizarre and the song is a complete downer, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” reached #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1994, making Crash Test Dummies a one-hit wonder. But the song did even better outside Canada and the United States where it reached #4 in New Zealand, #2 in England and #1 in Australia.
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People loved the song for a few months. In fact, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmmm” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It lost to “I Swear” by All-4-One.
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Today, people hate the song. In fact, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” has received the following worst song accolades:
- Number 15 on VH1’s 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever, named by Rolling Stone the
- Number 15 on Rolling Stone’s Most Annoying Song list
- Number 31 on Blender’s list of the 50 Worst Songs Ever”
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Is “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” the worst one-hit wonder ever? I don’t think so. But it is a thoroughly depressing song that hasn’t gotten better with age. In fact, to my ears, it sounds more like a novelty song than ever before. Anyone disagree?
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Filed under: 1990s, Pop · Tags: 1990s 1 hit wonder, 1990s one hit wonder, 1994 1 hit wonder, 1994 one hit wonder, Canadian one-hit wonder, Grammy Award, Grammy Award one hit wonder, novelty hit, novelty song, singer songwriter, worst one hit wonders