The Reason MGMT Is Super Catchy For Rock Listeners

Most act’s breakthroughs don’t come overnight, and Ghost was no exception… until, on what seemed to be an ordinary day, frontman Tobias Forge’s phone started flooding with messages, and he discovered that their track, ‘Mary On A Cross,’ was gaining popularity on every digital streaming platform.

The song wasn’t a recent release, and the band was already a well-established figure among rock fans; however, it seemed that the mainstream audiences had only recently discovered it. Both Forge and Ghost’s label company were surprised by the growing popularity of ‘Mary On A Cross’ and, soon enough, they came to know why the single resurfaced on charts years later.

The track became popular on TikTok and other social platforms as people featured the song in their videos. It almost became a trend to use the song on random videos, and upon seeing his daughter, who wasn’t interested in rock music at all, singing the song, Tobias understood just how popular the single had become.

So, it’s almost a routine for us to absentmindedly scroll through social platforms during or after a long day, seeking to relax and relieve ourselves from our daily life. During these escapes from reality, it’s quite possible that we might encounter a song that keeps ringing and chanting in our minds so much that we might look up to the comments or use Shazam to discover whose song it is.

That’s how Ghost’s ‘Mary On A Cross’ became an overnight sensation and how MGMT‘s ‘Little Dark Age’ became a super catchy track for anyone from pop to rock audiences, as everyone seemed to have found something in it.

Perhaps, it was ‘Little Dark Age’s catchy synth tunes all over the chorus or the feel of dystopia painted all over its lyrics; the track caught the attention of millions and quickly made it a hit, topping both Billboard’s alternative and rock charts.

However, MGMT read as ‘management‘ rather than the spelling of the initials, was more than a one-hit wonder, and their success wasn’t solely owed to TikTok or other social media platforms, and the reason why ‘Little Dark Age’ sounded super-catchy to an average rock listener was more than just that.

MGMT: A Rock Band Or Not?

Most rock fans might consider ‘Little Dark Age’ one of their guilty pleasures, but MGMT is a fully alive and breathing innovative rock band in their own right, formed in 2002. They self-proclaim and identify their music as ‘indie rock’ on their official platforms rather than synth-pop or pop rock.

If one delves deep into their catalog, from the early 2000s to the late 2010s, it becomes much more evident that they incorporate most of the rock elements your usual rock anthem might have. Their poetic lyrics, guitar solos accompanied by a synthesizer, and upbeat melodies while portraying a dark reality almost feel like a combination of Depeche Mode, the Smiths, and the Cure, if I may say so.

The band’s resume is also filled with impressive references, such as Sir Paul McCartney once stating that he liked the band’s music and MGMT even opening for the Beatles icon in 2009. The band had also supported Radiohead and headlined numerous festivals, sharing the stage with iconic rockers such as Jane’s Addiction and the Flaming Lips.

What Was MGMT’s Biggest Hit?

MGMT is known for their unique and experimental approach to music. Although ‘Little Dark Age’ was known as one of their most catchy songs, the band’s biggest hit to date is ‘Kids,’ released in 2008 as part of their debut album, ‘Oracular Spectacular.’

The song was an instant success and became a cultural phenomenon, garnering critical acclaim and topping music charts worldwide. Its catchy melody and infectious lyrics made it a fan favorite, and it remains one of the most recognizable songs of the late 2000s. Despite the band’s subsequent releases, ‘Kids’ remains MGMT’s biggest hit and a testament to their innovative approach to music.

Is MGMT Disbanded?

Despite rumors and speculation, MGMT has not disbanded. In fact, the band has been quite active in recent years. In June 2021, they teased their fans with a social media post hinting at new music. Then, in 2022, the band released a live album titled ’11•11•11,’ featuring their 2011 performance at the Guggenheim Museum.

This release came exactly 11 years after the concert, adding a touch of nostalgia to the band’s already impressive discography. And the good news doesn’t stop there. On January 17, 2023, MGMT announced that they would release another album in 2023 and would return to touring after a nearly four-year hiatus.

So, without a doubt, MGMT, like Ghost, is undoubtedly more than a one-hit wonder who become famous thanks to TikTok. The band had a prominent presence in the rock scene long before reaching a broader audience through social platforms, so it’s no wonder why ‘Little Dark Age’ and most of their catalog might appeal to your usual rock fan.