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"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"
Single by Crash Test Dummies
from the album God Shuffled His Feet
Released October 1993 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded Music Head Recording in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Genre Folk Rock
Length 3:55
Label BMG/Arista
Writer(s) Brad Roberts
Producer Jerry Harrison, Crash Test Dummies
Crash Test Dummies singles chronology
"The First Noel"
"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm"
"Swimming in Your Ocean"

"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" is a single by the Canadian folk-rock group Crash Test Dummies, featured on their 1993 album God Shuffled His Feet.


Track listings

CD maxi

  1. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" — 3:53
  2. "Here I Stand Before Me" — 3:07
  3. "Superman's Song" (live from the U.S. public radio program Mountain Stage)

7" single

  1. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" — 3:53
  2. "Here I Stand Before Me" — 3:07

U.S. single

  1. "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" — 3:53
  2. "Superman's Song" (album version) - 4:31
  3. "How Does a Duck Know?" - 3:42

Song meaning

Each verse describes the isolation and suffering of a child, two of whom have a physical abnormality; a boy whose hair has prematurely whitened from shock and a girl covered in birthmarks. The third child's family belong to a charismatic/pentecostal church, and is forced to 'lurch and shake' when visiting the church.

An alternate version sometimes performed at live concerts replaced the third verse with one concerning a boy whose mother disposed of his tonsils after a tonsillectomy, thus depriving him of the possibility of bringing them to show and tell.[1]

Music video

The associated music video sets the song's lyrics as the script for a series of one-act plays performed by school children. Throughout, the scenes of the performance are intercut with scenes of the Crash Test Dummies performing the song at stage side.

The first act, set at a city intersection, tells the story of a young boy who was involved in a car crash. His hair turned white due to the force of the crash.

The second act tells the story of a girl that never used to "change with the girls in the change room", until one day the other girls (portrayed in the act as three inquisitive detectives) force her to change with them, only to discover that her body was covered in birthmarks.

The final act tells of a boy that lives under the strict discipline of his austere parents and how his family attends a church, where church-goers shake and lurch during the services.


Although highly successful when it was released, "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" has since been frequently included on lists of bad songs. The song was number 15 on VH1's 50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever, named by Rolling Stone the "15th Most Annoying Song",[2] and ranked #31 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[3]

In a 1994 essay in which he makes the case that modern life is better than life in the past, humorist P.J. O'Rourke wrote "Even the bad things are better than they used to be. Bad music, for instance, has gotten much briefer. Wagner's Ring Cycle takes four days to perform while "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by the Crash Test Dummies lasts little more than three minutes."[4]

The track received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, which it lost to "I Swear" by All-4-One.[5]

Uses in the media


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Germany[7] Gold 1994 150,000
Norway[8] Platinum 1994 10,000
UK[9] Silver May 1, 1994 200,000
U.S.[10] Gold July 4, 1994 500,000


The single became the band's most successful song, reaching #4 in the U.S. and #2 in the UK, becoming the group's biggest hit in both countries, and also reaching #1 on the Modern Rock Chart in the U.S. and in Australia.

Chart (1994) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[11] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[11] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[11] 5
German Singles Chart[12] 1
Irish Singles Chart[13] 3
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[11] 4
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[11] 7
UK Singles Chart[14] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[15] 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[15] 6
End of year chart (1994) Position
Australian Singles Chart[16] 14
Austrian Singles Chart[17] 11
French Singles Chart[18] 32
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 19
Preceded by
"Loser" by Beck
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 12, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"God" by Tori Amos
Preceded by
"Loser" by Beck
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
24/1994 - 29/1994 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
"Without You" by Mariah Carey
Swedish number-one single
June 3, 1994 - June 17, 1994 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Baby, I Love Your Way" by Big Mountain
Preceded by
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Prince
Australian (ARIA) number-one single
June 11, 1994 - June 25, 1994 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Preceded by
"United" by Prince Ital Joe and Marky Mark
German number-one single
July 15, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"I Swear" by All-4-One


  1. ^
  2. ^ The 20 Most Annoying Songs : Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily
  3. ^ Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever! from (Retrieved May 3, 2008)
  4. ^ O'Rourke, P.J. (1994), All the trouble in the world. The lighter side of famine, pestilence, destruction and death. Sydney (Picador), 3-4
  5. ^ [ 37th Grammy Awards - 1995 from (Retrieved February 18, 2010)
  6. ^ YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
  7. ^ German certifications (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  8. ^ Norwegian certifications (Retrieved August 28, 2008)
  9. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved August 28, 2008)
  10. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  12. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  13. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  14. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 26, 2008)
  15. ^ a b c d Billboard (Retrieved August 28, 2008)
  16. ^ 1994 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  17. ^ 1994 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 28, 2008)
  18. ^ 1994 French Singles Chart (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  19. ^ 1994 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved April 26, 2008)

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