The Backstreet Boys are an all-male vocal group that was formed in 1993 in Orlando, Florida. Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, and Nick Carter are the five members of the group who focused on pop more than any other genre. They released their self-titled debut album in 1996. Although the group was at the height of its fame in the 1990s, they continue to perform together today. Throughout their time together as a group, the Backstreet Boys have released nine studio albums, three compilation albums, one live album, 33 music videos, and 31 singles. Here are the 10 best Backstreet Boys songs of all time.
10. The One (2000)
Classic Rock History lists ‘The One’ as one of the Best Backstreet Boys Songs. Although it only reached number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was more successful elsewhere in the world. It reached number four in Canada and number eight in the UK. An interesting fact about this song is that it was used as the opening theme for ‘Hanada Shonen Shi,’ an anime series. It was co-written by group member Brian Littrell and Max Martin.
9. Drowning (2001)
‘Drowning’ was amongst the Backstreet Boys’ most successful singles in the UK, as it reached number four on the charts. It was also a top ten hit in Austria and the Netherlands. On the other hand, it was less successful in the United States, as it only reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the only single released from the compilation album ‘The Hits- Chapter One.’ However, it was originally intended for the ‘Black & Blue’ album. It was written by Andreas Carlsson, Linda Thompson, and Rami.
8. Incomplete (2005)
The Backstreet Boys took a hiatus between 2001 and 2005, and ‘Incomplete’ was their comeback single. It was the first track released from the album ‘Never Gone,’ and another three singles were spawned from this album. The song was most successful in Australia, where it topped the charts. It was also a top ten hit in the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Canada, Germany, and New Zealand. However, it peaked at only number 13 in the United States.
7. Shape of My Heart (2000)
‘Shape of My Heart’ topped the charts in Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Sweden. It was the first of three singles released from the album ‘Black & Blue.’ The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 44th Grammy Awards. It was written by Max Martin, Rami, and Lisa Miskovsky.
6. I Want It That Way (1999)
‘I Want It That Way’ was the first single released from the Backstreet Boys’ third album ‘Millennium.’ Although this single only reached number six in the United States, it topped the charts in the UK, Austria, Canada, Germany, the Netherland, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The song has since been covered by multiple other acts, including Steel Panther, JLS, and One Direction. This song’s accompanying music video was nominated for four VMA awards, and it won the award for Viewer’s Choice.
5. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely (1999)
‘Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely’ was the second time the Backstreet Boys achieved a chart-topping hit in Canada, and it was in the top ten in multiple countries, including the United States and the UK. Max Martin and Herbie Crichlow co-wrote the song, which has elements of both pop and R&B. The lyrics are about coping with feelings of loneliness.
4. All I Have to Give (1998)
‘All I Have to Give was the third and final single released from the album’ Backstreet’s Back,’ and it was the group’s only single of 1998. The single was most successful in the UK, where it reached number two on the charts. In the United States, it peaked at number five. The hip-hop group ‘Full Force’ members wrote the song, including Brian George, Junior Clark, Lucien George Jr., Paul Anthony George, Gerry Charles, and Curt Bedeau.
3. As Long as You Love Me (1997)
The Backstreet Boys enjoyed a wave of success in the late 1990s that continued with the release of their seventh single, ‘As Long as You Love Me.’ It was the second track released as a single from the album’ Backstreet’s Back.’ The single was most successful in New Zealand, where it topped the singles charts. Max Martin wrote the song and co-produced it with Kristian Lundin. This song was covered by the Netherlands retro rock band The Kik.
2. Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) (1997)
The fifth single released by the Backstreet Boys and the first from their album ‘Backstreet’s Back’ was ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back.’ It reached number two in Austria, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland and was a top ten hit in the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK. The song was written by Denniz Pop along with Max Martin.
1. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (1996)
According to Smooth Radio, ‘Quit Playing Games with My Heart’ is one of the best Backstreet Boys songs, and it was also their most commercially successful. The first three singles that were released from the band’s self-titled debut album achieved only limited success, but it was ‘Quit Playing Games with My Heart’ that became the group’s first success as a kind-of love song. It reached number two on the charts in the United States and the UK and topped the Austrian, German, and Swiss charts. The single was also a top ten hit in Canada and the Netherlands.