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If anybody knows how to write a good song hook, it’s Hanson. ‘MMMBop’ sticks in your head like no other, and it’s hard for anyone to deny its insatiable catchiness. AOL Music caught up with the trio of brothers recently, who dished on what they think the greatest song hooks of all time are — and you might be surprised which thongs, err, songs, they picked.

“You can’t write a hook unless you know what it’s like to hear one and love it,” Taylor, 28, reveals, adding that he thinks the classic ‘All You Need Is Love’ is one of the best hooks ever. Zac, the youngest brother, says that he thinks a strong hook “taps into something primal.”

“I think about ‘We Will Rock You,’” he says specifically. “Every stadium crowd in the world will sing along to that song — scream it out, stomp their feet and clap their hands like a bunch of Neanderthals, and it feels so good.”

We can imagine that Hanson know pretty well what that feels like, considering that their 1997 No. 1 hit ‘MMMBop’ was a smash phenomenon in many countries that don’t even speak English as a first language … Not that ‘MMMBop’ is a real word (according to Hanson, it means a moment in time).

Taylor adds that while the Beatles had a good thing going for them, there are some more modern grabbing hooks out there — some you may not think of on first thought. “There’s a lot of people who are big fans of thongs,” Taylor explains, noting Sisqo’s ‘The Thong Song.’ It seems that Zac, who can be seen slapping his backside to the beat in the clip below, caught a bit of the booty shaking fever thanks to that 2000 chart-topper.

Hanson will kick off their Musical Ride tour on Sept. 3, and as of right now, there’s no word on whether or not they’ll be covering Sisqo’s big hit.

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