Alright, it’s confession time. Just admit it.
You secretly love the Backstreet Boys.
There’s absolutely no shame in that. I outwardly love all five of those middle aged men who are desperately trying to convince us that they’re still in their 20s. I even saw their concert this summer – which, I might add, was possibly one of the best experiences of my young adult life.
Jealous that you didn’t get to see your favorite 90s boy band in concert? You’re in luck! The Backstreet Boys will be featured at this year’s Mix 104.1 Mixfest concert at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell right along the Charles. Other artists at Mixfest include Gavin Degraw and headliners Of Monsters and Men.
Both of the other artists are equally as amazing, but since this is a Throwback Thursday playlist, it’s only fair that we pay homage to the throwback-iest of throwback artists: The Backstreet Boys. Put on your denim vests and break out your old Walkman because BACKSTREET’S BACK, ALRIGHT!
"We’ve Got it Goin' On"
This song was the debut single for the Backstreet Boys, so naturally it must be included on this list. In 1995 when it was released, all of the boys really did have it goin’ on. Now most of them are well into their 30s and 40s, and Nick Carter seems to be the only one still receiving crazed screams from fans whenever he opens his mouth. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re a dad now and can still do the same dance moves you did as a teenager, you’ve definitely still got it goin’ on.
"Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart)"
The title makes this song seem like you’re about to dive headfirst into heavy pop beats about a manipulative girl who finds joy in messing with your head. However, I love the surprisingly mellow tone of this song. It has a nice steady beat to keep you going, but it has more of a loving undertone than a revenge-y Taylor Swift vibe.
"Larger Than Life"
This is one of those classic songs that immediately comes to mind when you think of the Backstreet Boys. “Bao bao badaow badadadaow.” The opening notes are so recognizable that you probably just read those made up words to the tune of the song, didn’t you? Plus, how amazingly 90s is this video? Just look at those sweet animated graphics!
"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely"
So many emotions! This is the classic heartstring-tugging song. It’s sad, it’s beautiful, and it never fails to make you think of that one person who got away.
Another emotional song! For a group of men that sing and dance in perfect unison, they sure get sad a lot. This song epitomizes heartbreak and that feeling that something is missing from your soul now that your respective other is gone. By the way Nick, the increasing raspiness of your voice does not equate to how much emotion you seem to be trying to portray. Keep working on that though, you’ll figure it out soon.
"It’s Gotta Be You"
According to boy band logic, “baby” is not a word in the English language. The true pronunciation is “bay-bayyy.” I mean, how else would it rhyme with “make mayyy” and “kinda get me go crazayyy.” Also, is any part of the chorus grammatically correct? I have no idea what they’re saying but it doesn’t matter…it’s still super catchy.
"Don’t Want You Back"
This is my favorite underrated BSB song. The beat pounds throughout, making your whole body rock every time the chorus hits. And who doesn’t love some good angst? This is the perfect “getting over your ex” song to prove to them that you’re strong, independent, and doing just fine without them.
The boys opened up their summer 2013 “In A World Like This Tour” with this incredibly catchy pump-up jam. I find this song hilarious because of how insanely unnecessarily dramatic it is. “Let me tell you the story about the call that changed my destiny.” Really? It changed your destiny?! It must have been the worst call ever! Oh wait, it was just a call from your girlfriend that you hung up on because you were about to cheat on her? Hate to break it to you, but I’m guessing you weren’t exactly “destined” for greatness.
"I Want It That Way"
This may be THE greatest, most quintessential boy band song. It’s certainly the most famous. If you grew up in the 90s/early 2000s, this song does things to your emotions that you can’t possibly explain or control. You would be straight up lying if you even tried to pretend that you didn’t know all of the words. When that epic moment hits, your soul temporarily exits your body and it takes all of your effort to hold back from screaming, “DON’T WANNA HEAR YOU SAAAAAY!”
"Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)"
Let’s see how eloquently I can put this…this song kicks major a**! It’s upbeat, it makes you want to dance, and it’s the definition of an automatic crowd pleaser. It was also included in this summer’s smash hit This is the End. The surprise cameo by the boys themselves was priceless, but watching Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson flawlessly mimic the classic choreography was priceless.