- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Backstreet Boys are back, celebrating their 20th anniversary year with a worldwide tour and a new album: “In a World Like This.” Formed in 1993 in Orlando, Fla., the group is made up of Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough, who celebrates his 40th birthday Aug. 22. The band has sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making it the biggest boy band in history. The group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April. The band will be performing at Virginia Beach on Aug. 17. The List this week looks at the Backstreet Boys’ top 10 hits. 

  • 10. As Long As You Love Me (1997) — After the band finally broke through in the United States, this song was chosen as the second single from their American debut album “Backstreet’s Back.” It didn’t chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it got a lot of radio time, peaking at No. 4 on the Hot 100 Airplay. It was a huge success in Europe, reaching No. 3 in the U.K. where it sold more than 430,000 copies.
  • 9. We’ve Got It Goin’ On (1995) — This was the band’s debut single in the U.S. but only reached No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it became the Backstreet Boys’ first international hit, selling well in Europe and reaching No. 3 in 1996 in the U.K., where it was re-released. Band member Nick Carter was just 16 when this song came out. While touring in England, he was faxing his schoolwork to his teachers.
  • 8. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely (2000) — This song showed off the band’s rich harmonies. It was the third single from the band’s 1999 “Millennium” album. It peaked at No. 6 on the U.S. charts and No. 3 in the U.K. The song earned a Grammy nomination.
  • 7. All I Have To Give (1999) — Band member Nick Carter would often hold a member of the audience’s hand while singing this song. It reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the U.K. The song won the Choice Music video of the year at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards. Did you know that Mr. Carter had a background appearance in the 1990 Johnny Depp movie “Edward Scissorhands” as a child playing on a slip ‘n slide?
  • 6. Incomplete (2005) — It was the band’s last big hit in the U.S. appearing on the comeback album “Never Gone.” It peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 8 in the U.K. It was a top hit in Hungary, Canada and Australia.
  • 5. Shape of My Heart (2000) — The song was from the band’s fourth studio album “Black and Blue.” It was written by the Swedish songwriting team of Max Martin, Rami Yacoub and Lisa Miskovsky and won a Grammy nomination. It reached No. 9 in the U.S. and No. 4 in the U.K.
  • 4. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) (1998) — The band won MTV’s prestigious best group video award for this hit dance song, which reached No. 4 in the U.S. The year before, it had reached No. 3 in the U.K. It was the band’s third single in the U.S. and one of its most successful, spending 20 weeks in the Top 40 on the charts and posting more than 2.1 million in sales.
  • 3. All I Have To Give (1999) — Written and produced by the rhythm and blues band Full Force, this was the Backstreet Boys’ fifth hit single off their debut album and reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the U.K. It won the Choice Music video of the year at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards.
  • 2. I Want It That Way (1999) — Clearly the band’s biggest hit worldwide, topping the charts in 10 countries including the U.K. In the U.S. it peaked at No 6 on the Billboard Top 100 but did stay at No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts for 10 weeks. It won the viewer’s choice award at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2011, the Chinese censored the song and removed it from the Internet.
  • 1. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (1997) — This was the Backstreet Boys’ first big hit and breakout song in the U.S. for Jive Records with 2 million in sales and reaching No. 2 on the Billboard chart. It was also a huge hit in the U.K., peaking at No. 2. It was first recorded in Stockholm in June 1995, but after Nick Carter emerged as a popular member of the band the second verse was rerecorded with Mr. Carter as the lead singer.

Bonus track: “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” (1998) — First recorded in 1995, the song was rereleased in 1998 and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. It also stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart for 10 weeks.

What’s your favorite Backstreet Boys song?

Compiled by John Haydon
Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, officialchartcompany.com