#48 – Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way” – (1999)

I think this is the biggest single by a boy-band – and it’s definitely the biggest single from the Backstreet Boys. The song and music video dominated 1999 although it never hit #1 on the Hot 100. Other singles from Millennium: the somewhat fun “Larger than Life” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely.” From 1997s Backstreet’s Back: “All I Have to Give” and the dance track “We’ve Got it Goin’ on” (and if you watch the video through that link, you’ll see just how douchey boy bands actually were). And from their eponymous debut album: “As Long as You Love Me,” “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart),” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (which I remember being on a Jock Jams CD). Yes, a handful of these could’ve been on this list because they really aren’t terrible. But I’m not a huge boy-band fan and I think one song is a good enough representation of them. But the list of songs here proves that the Backstreet Boys really were superior to N’Sync… even if Justin Timberlake went on to be relatively awesome.