A mid-tempo pop ballad by the Backstreet Boys that features lush harmonies, soaring vocals, and an iconic chorus that became a defining song of the late 1990s boy band era.

“I Want It That Way” is a classic boy band anthem that has stood the test of time since its release in 1999. The song was written by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson and produced by Martin and Kristian Lundin. It was the lead single from the Backstreet Boys’ third album, “Millennium,” and went on to become one of their most successful songs.

The song’s infectious melody, catchy lyrics, and soaring harmonies immediately captured the hearts of fans around the world. The iconic music video, featuring the band members in all-white outfits and futuristic settings, only added to its popularity.

“I Want It That Way” was a massive commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in over 25 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. It was certified platinum in several countries and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Beyond its commercial success, “I Want It That Way” has become a cultural touchstone, representing the height of the boy band phenomenon that dominated pop music in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It continues to be a beloved song, with its infectious melody and heartfelt lyrics resonating with fans young and old.

Fun Fact

Despite its massive success, there has been some confusion over the meaning of the song’s lyrics, with fans and critics alike debating whether the song is a straightforward love song or has a deeper, more complex meaning. In an interview with Rolling Stone, songwriter Max Martin explained that the lyrics were actually inspired by a conversation he had with a friend who was learning to speak English and was struggling to express himself clearly. Martin stated that the song’s lyrics were intentionally written to be slightly nonsensical and open to interpretation, allowing listeners to project their own meanings onto the song.

About the Band

Backstreet Boys is an American boy band that formed in 1993 in Orlando, Florida. The group consists of members AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, they are considered one of the best-selling boy bands in music history. Backstreet Boys gained popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s with their catchy pop tunes, synchronized dance moves, and boy-next-door looks.

They have released multiple successful albums, including their debut album “Backstreet Boys” (1996), “Millennium” (1999), and “Black & Blue” (2000). The group has won numerous awards, including several Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. Despite a hiatus in the mid-2000s, Backstreet Boys continue to tour and release new music, and their popularity remains strong among their dedicated fanbase.

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