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Pop Rewind: Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”

This week at the MTV Video Music Awards, UK boy band One Direction took the largest number of awards for their video “What Makes You Beautiful.” I can’t help but draw immediate comparisons to the last “boy band” craze of the 1990s, with bands like Backstreet Boys and N*Sync. So I thought it would be appropriate for this week’s Pop Rewind to revisit one of the Backstreet Boys’ biggest hits.

“I Want It That Way” appeared on BSB’s third release Millennium (1999), which went to a remarkable 13x Platinum in sales in the US alone. This song went number one in 25 nations, became a signature for the band, and remains one of the all-time greatest hits for any boy band, ever.

What I find interesting is to compare the boy-band sound of today with fifteen years or so ago. Has it changed all that much?

Just for fun, below “I Want It That Way”, I’ve also embedded One Direction’s song “One Thing” (not this year’s VMA winner). Take a listen to the melody line in both videos and see if you find any similarities. :)



 


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on MUSIC IS MY OXYGEN WEEKLY.

Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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