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.