Our Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs list takes a look at one of the best selling boy bands of all time. They have sold over 100 million albums. They are the first group since Led Zeppelin to have their first 10 albums peak in the top 10. As of now, no other boy band has accomplished this feat. They are also one of the only boy bands to have multiple diamond albums. They have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Let’s take a look at how they got together. Members Howie Dorough and AJ McLean met each other through their vocal coach. They met Nick Carter through auditions. They decided to form a trio when they realized they could harmonize with each other. Kevin Richardson met them through a co-worker. He became a member of the group. Lou Pearlman wanted to form a boy band. AJ became the first member of the boy band. The other three members made it into the group as well. Kevin’s cousin Brian Lattrell was the last member to join the group. Pearlman named them the Backstreet Boys after a flea market.
They released their self-titled album in 1997. It was one of the biggest debut albums of all time. The album peaked at number four on the charts. It sold 600,000 copies in its first week. It features the hit singles “We’ve Got It Going On,” “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart),” “As Long As You Love Me,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” and “All I Have to Give.” The album sold an amazing 14 million copies.
The Backstreet Boys released their second album Millennium in 1999. The album sold over an impressive 1.1 million copies in its first week. It was number one for 10 weeks. The album features the singles “I Want It That Way,” “Larger than Life,” “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” and “The One.” The album sold over 15 million copies.
They released their third album Black & Blue in 2000. It sold 1.5 million copies in its first week. They were the first group to sell over a million copies with back-to-back albums. It features the singles “The Shape of My Heart,” “The Call” and More Than That.” The album sold over 15 million copies.
They released a greatest hits album in 2001. It peaked in the top 10 on the charts. It sold over a million copies. They took a break from recording together. They sued their label for breach of contract. Nick Carter went solo during their hiatus. The group thought the label was trying to promote Carter’s album at the expense of the group. The group eventually made up and recorded their next album.
They released Never Gone in 2005. It sold 293,000 copies in its first week. It peaked at number three on the charts. It features the singles “Incomplete,” “Just Want You to Know,” “Crawling Back to You” and “I Still….” It sold over three million copies.
In 2006, Richardson left the group to pursue other interests. The group moved on with just the four of them. They turned down the chance to change their name to Backstreet. They also declined starring on a reality show to find another member.
In 2007, they released their fifth album Unbreakable. This is the first of two albums not to feature Richardson. The album debuted at number seven and sold over 81,000 copies. It features the singles “Inconsolable” and “Helpless When She Smiles.” The album sold over one million copies.
They released their sixth album This Is Us in 2009. This is the second album not to feature Richardson. The album debuted at number nine on the charts. It sold 42,000 in its first week. It features the singles “Straight Through My Heart,” “Masquerade” and “Bigger.” It sold over 100,000 copies.
Richardson returned to the group in 2010. He was happy to be back with the group. They released their seventh album In a World Like This in 2013. This is the first album to feature all five members of the group. The album debuted at number five on the charts. It sold over 40,000 copies in its first week. It made them the first act since Sade to have all of their albums in the U.S. debut in the top 10. They are the first boy band to do this. It features the singles “In a World Like This” and “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of).” The album sold over 180,000 copies.
They released DNA in 2019. It debuted at number one on the charts. It sold 234,000 copies in its first week. It features the singles “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Chances” and “No Place.”
The Backstreet Boys are a successful boy band. They could have easily been written off as a fly-by-night group because of the way they got together. They have managed to survive together while other pop acts have broken up. They were able to prove the critics wrong by having successful albums. They have a lot of hit singles that could have made this list. This Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs list will feature their hit songs.
# 10 – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
The first song on our Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs list is the party anthem “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” from the self-titled debut album. This song has a pop sound. This is an energetic song about the Backstreet Boys returning and wanting everyone to celebrate their return. This song had the potential of being a novelty song because of the subject, but it’s actually pretty catchy.
It has an infectious pop beat and a catchy chorus. It’s not a typical bubblegum pop song. The music is intense with a fierce bass line. It has a thumping beat that is designed to get you moving. The song is complementary to the group’s voices. They harmonize well with each other throughout the song. AJ McLean’s deep vocals in particular were great with the beat. There’s no way to sit still when you hear this music. It’s as if the music is calling for you to get up and dance.
# 9 – The One
The next song on our Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs list is the caring “The One’ from the Millennium album. This song has a pop sound. This is an emotional song about being the one who will be there for the girl they love. They are promising to be there for the girl no matter what. This song is touching and romantic. It lets females know that they are not alone and can move on with someone else. It shows that there are times when it is better to be with a friend than with someone who will hurt them. The beat has a great dance vibe that is easy to dance to. The acoustic guitar stands out in the music. It keeps it from sounding like a typical pop song. All of the Backstreet Boys aren’t in this song. AJ, Brian and Nick take the lead on this track. Their vocals blend well together. The others do a great job supporting in the background.
# 8 – Larger Than Life
This tribute song is from the Millennium album. This song has a dance and pop rock song. This is a happy song that is an ode to their fans for being there for them. It is a mature song that doesn’t sound too mushy. This song takes a look at their fame as well as their fans. This could have come off like they were bragging about their fame and having fans, but they manage to make the song sound sincere. This song has a rock edge with the addition of the electric guitar so it keeps it from sounding like their other songs that have a pop influence. It has an amazing dance beat that will keep you moving until the song is over. The lyrics show that the group appreciate their fans and don’t take them for granted. It is a nice tribute to the fans.
# 7 – As Long As You Love Me
This melodic song is from the self-titled debut album. This song has a pop sound. This is a passionate song about loving someone despite his or her flaws. This song has a positive message about loving someone regardless of his or her flaws. This song is relatable to anyone who wants to be loved and appreciated despite what’s going on in his or her life. The music is rhythmic and melodic. Here is some trivia about the song. AJ was supposed to sing the bridge of the song while Nick and Brian sang the verses. Unfortunately, AJ got strep throat and wasn’t able to sing the song. It ended up working out in the end because Nick and Brian do an incredible job with the vocals. They harmonize well with each other. The other members of the group have amazing harmony in the background. They sound as if they have been singing together for a long time. You would never know this is a song from their debut album.
# 6 – Quit Playing Games with My Heart
This bittersweet song is from the self-titled debut album. This song has a pop and r&b sound. This is a heartfelt song about them not wanting a woman to play games with them. The music is soft and romantic. The song moves at a good pace leaving room for their romantic vocals as well as their smooth harmonies. The guitar melody is undeniable and blends with the pop production. The music has a 90’s feel to it without sounding dated. This sound became synonymous with the group. Brian, Nick and AJ sing lead on this track. Brian sings the first verse, Nick sings the second and AJ sings the bridge. Kevin also has a small part in the bridge. They all sound good, but Brian sounds the best in this song.
# 5 – I Want It That Way
The next song on our Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs list is their number one single “I Want It That Way” from the Millennium album. This song has a pop sound. This is a vague song about the group expressing their romantic feelings for the women in their lives. The title of the song gives it different interpretations. Here is some trivia about the song. The song was inspired by one of Metallica’s songs. This seems unlikely since the bands are so different. This is an infectious song despite the meaning not being clear. The lyrics are about their relationships and what they want out of them. You can overlook the lyrics because the music is so enjoyable. The group’s vocals are also pleasurable. It’s easy to see why this is their signature song.
# 4 – More Than That
This emotional song is from the Black & Blue album. This song has a pop sound. This is a moving song about telling the woman they love that they will be better for them than the men in their lives. Most women would love to have men like the way they described in the song. They are in their wheelhouse with this song because it’s a typical Backstreet Boys song. They are in their comfort zone and this is where shine the best. This is a great song. The best part of the song is the contagious chorus. They belt and harmonize really well in the chorus. AJ and Brian take vocals risks in this track. They showcase their range. AJ is a baritone and was able to hold notes. Brian also sings in falsetto, which was different for him because he usually sings in a tenor voice. He also holds high notes towards the end of the song. The group is showing great control because they are singing in time with the incredible music.
# 3 – I’ll Never Break Your Heart
This mellow song is from the self-titled album. This song has a pop and r&b sound. This is a heartfelt song about them not breaking their women’s heart. Their self-titled album was filled with dance/pop songs so this song gave them a chance to sing a pop and r&b song. The music is soft and romantic. This is the type of song Boyz II Men would sing. AJ and Brian take the lead on this soulful song. They switch up their vocal tones for this song. AJ usually sings in a deeper tone, but he sings parts of this song in a higher octave. Brian sings parts of this song in a lower register. They both take vocal risks in the song. They have a vocal battle with each other after the bridge that is definitely worth listening to. The group has amazing harmonies in the background. The chorus is easy to sing and will stick in your head after the song is done.
# 2 – All I Have to Give
This romantic song is from the self-titled album. This song has a pop, r&b and urban sound. This is a love song about telling the women they love that they will be better than the men they are with and will do anything to be with them. This is a touching ballad written by Full Force. All of the members of Backstreet Boys take the lead on this song. This is one of the first songs to feature all of the members of the group. It is nice to get a chance to hear all of the members singing lead. They all sound pretty good singing lead. It proved that they should all get a chance to sing lead. The chorus is the best part of the song. The guys really shine in the chorus. It is so great that it can be an earworm. The tempo in the music will also have you bopping your head to the beat. This song is sure to please fans of pop and r&b music. This song is flawless and could have been number one on this list.
# 1 – Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely
We have come to the number one song on our Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs list. The number one song is “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” from the Millennium album. This song has a pop, r&b and Latin sound. This is an aching song about the guys dealing with the loneliness they feel about a break up. The music will please fans of different genres. There is something in it for everyone. It has a Latin feel to it. It also has orchestral swells. This is another song that features all of the members in the group. They all do an excellent job with the vocals. You can hear the pain in their voices as they pour their hearts out about their loneliness. Brian, Nick and AJ impressively belt throughout the song. The music and their vocals are a perfect marriage. No other beat can fit with this song. Backstreet Boys does this song justice. There aren’t enough words to describe how beautiful this song is.
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