Apr 18
Emilia News

Billboard has made a list of the 100 greatest boy band songs of all time and have included four Backstreet Boys songs to the list.

59. Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” (1997)
It’s hard to believe that the Backstreet Boys have been around for almost a quarter of a century, but perfect mid-tempo jams like this remind us of why they’re the GOAT. This classic was released in May 1997, ahead of their debut album, and it eventually went platinum and climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also, who can forget how everyone wore matching white pants in the music video? Iconic. — GAB GINSBERG

45. Backstreet Boys, “Larger Than Life” (1999)
The vocoder. The harmonies. The gigantic chorus. “Larger Than Life” has everything you need in a late-’90s boy band anthem. But the Backstreet Boys took the “grateful for our fans” playbook that NKOTB used with “Tonight” and turned it up a notch for the turn of the millennium. The Boys weren’t just thanking us; they made us larger than life right along with them. — D.W.

18. Backstreet Boys, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (1998)
We have Denniz PoP and Max Martin to thank for this earworm that was the embodiment of pure late-’90s dance-pop. Backstreet Boys were already leading the pre-millennium era with their lovey-dovey ballads, but “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) had a tangible energy that proved the guys were on a path to take over pop music — and pretty much the entire world. The bombastic production was filled with clinking sound effects, “Ooh, ooh!” call outs and vocal commands that convinced you the guys were truly back from… wherever they were coming from. The song was also a necessary shift in their music, as they previously shaped their career with heartstring-tugging ballads and love songs. But Nick Carter, the band’s youngest member, helped usher them into PG-13 territory with one simple question: “Am I SEX-U-AL?” — B.G.

1. Backstreet Boys, “I Want It That Way”
When “I Want It That Way” took off in 1999, it felt like the entire century’s worth of pop music had been clearing the runway for it. From Tin Pan Alley to the Brill Building, The Beatles to Boyz II Men, this is what it seemed like it had all been leading up to: A boy band mid-tempo ballad so big and so brilliant that you’d lived a lifetime with it by the time it was done its first spin. It learned nonsense lyrics from ABBA, it learned bridges from Diane Warren, it learned key changes from Bon Jovi, and it mixed its history with an eye to the future, where pop music would expand to such sizes that rock would begin to look puny by comparison. Its parent album was called Millennium for a reason.

Somehow, “I Want It That Way” only peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100; *NSYNC’s Gloria Estefan collab “Music of the Heart,” which 3/5 of the group probably doesn’t even remember recording at this point, peaked four spots higher. But along with Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time,” “I Want It That Way” has endured as the pop song of an entire generation; all you have to do is start any ’80s baby off with a “You are…” and they’ll be sure to fill in the rest. It was the definitive boy band song from the definitive boy band era, and needless to say, we wouldn’t want it any other way. — A.U.

Source: Billboard.com