A Hanson song became the most requested track on a Chicago radio station because the DJs didn’t reveal the band.
Depending on your age, you might not be too familiar with Hanson. Though the group is very active today, the members were very well known back in the late 90’s as the definitive androgynous pop trio. The group is composed of Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson, on various instruments each.
Their most well known song was “MMMBop” off their 1997 album. Though their success waned as they moved into the 21st century, they continued to release music. In 2007, they released The Walk, their seventh overall studio album. That same year, Chicago alternative rock station WKQX decided to play a prank by playing a song called “The Great Divide” by a “mystery artist.”
It was so well received by listeners that it was one of the most requested songs and was put in heavy rotation for several weeks. Three weeks in, a DJ revealed it was a Hanson song from their recent album. It’s unlikely it would have gotten the same amount of attention if that had been revealed from the beginning, because by that point most people who still remembered Hanson didn’t think of them too lightly.
Comparatively, they were considered a bit like how the Jonas Brothers will be in 8 or 9 years. You can listen to The Great Divide here