It’s been 25 years since Orlando-based quintet, consisting of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter, gave birth to the meaning of boyband obsession. It was when the iconic Backstreet Boys showed up in the music scene in style, sweeping the hearts of everyone in the '90s era, and the rest is larger than life and history. But you don’t have to be born in the past to appreciate the pop gold that these OG heartthrobs have put out because wherever your heads turn, their masterpieces are still being passed down in the open for a new gen of teenyboppers to enjoy.
Celebrating the milestone, BSB proves that not much has changed since their heydays by dropping their latest single entitled “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” It unsurprisingly sounds like a body-rocking hit, and we can’t help but feel nostalgic over their old time music that we still memorized by heart. Let’s see if the BSB fandom remains alive in you, alright? Here are the top six songs every BSB fan rocked to in the '90s and beyond!
1. "As Long As You Love Me"
From the group's self-titled debut album in 1996, this track is one of BSB’s biggest smash introducing them to die-hard fans all over the globe. Including it in the record was not in the plan, but thanks to their manager's last-minute call, this absolute pop gem happened. We don’t care where you’re from, but we're sure its signature chair dance choreography and catchy rhythm will get through you!
2. "Get Down"
This track also came out of the debut album and still has that dance-inducing factor that almost every BSB song has. Yet it showcases a rap beat flavor from the band with the help from Smooth T of hip-hop group Fun Factory. Through the years, this easy-on-the-ear track still deserved all the appreciation one can give. So if you’re into moving all around, then this is the one for you!
3. "The One"
Backstreet is known for their simple and repetitive lyrics, nevertheless, that’s never been a problem because that helped upped the crazy infectious hook to one’s brain. Take this track from the boys’ third album Millennium as an example. Our sorrows come undone and words can’t express how grateful we are to Nick for voting for this to be released as a single!
4. "I Want It That Way"
Yep, Kevin himself admitted that the lyrics to this song make zero sense given that songwriter Max Martin has poor knowledge of the English language. But believe us when we say, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Lead single of Millennium, this Grammy-nominated pop ballad requires you to not overthink, just listen, feel good, and sing along–everything will all make perfect sense at the end!
5. "Quit Playing Games"
Indeed, this track paved the way for BSB in America which at that time wasn’t ready to hear music as big as what this boy band got. Its music video features the five members in a basketball court playing like those swoon-worthy high school jocks we all innocently fell for back then, which the boys called their most embarrassing visuals yet. With its nostalgic sound, we can't help but long to sing our hearts out and wave our bodies to more music like this!
It goes without saying that this anthem utterly explained why the Backstreet Boys are phenomenal. The carrier single from their second international album Backstreet’s Back in 1997, this song took the radio by storm and got stuck in our heads forever. Aside from its Thriller-themed video, everything about the track will draw you to sing along and move like you don’t care!
The Backstreet Boys definitely know how to make hits after hits. Don’t feel ashamed if you ever find yourself listening to their songs on loop because we can totes relate. Everybody, yeah!
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