Give a Little

Album: Shout It Out (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This upbeat pop/rock number is the second single from American band Hanson's eighth studio album, Shout It Out. The song acts as the follow-up to Thinking 'Bout Somethin'. "'Give a Little' is the perfect connector to the first single," Taylor Hanson told MTV News. "There's this energy to it. Strangely, there's this dance theme. We're not known for our dancing, but dancing is this metaphor that's in the record."

    "[The metaphor] is kind of 'Get out there and let loose,' " Taylor added. "Spring will be here before we know it, and the song is upbeat and hopefully engaging."
  • The music video was shot on the same weekend as "Thinking 'Bout Somethin'" and features the dancers from that clip plus family and friends dancing. "When we made the video, it was kind of the release after the high production of 'Thinking 'Bout Somethin', " Taylor explained to MTV News. "With the 'Give a Little' video, it's almost back to the blank slate. We invited all these dancers. We just set up a room, cranked up the music and threw a party and let people dance. The attitude is not about everyone doing the same moves; it's about putting a unique twist."

Comments: 1

  • Megan from Stevenson, AlHOLY CRAP!!! Grew up listening to Hanson and I'm super excited that they have another album out! And it's great at that!
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