Backstreet’s Back

Little Miss Sunshine and I have been spending a lot of quality time with the Backstreet Boys on YouTube lately. She is into it. Nick is her favourite, and she doesn’t seem perturbed at all that he is now 32 years old.

(I am perturbed. Very perturbed.)

All this was prompted by Entertainment Weekly’s recent proclamation that “I Want It That Way” is the best boy-band hit ever:

After that, I had it stuck in my head for days and days. I couldn’t get it out, so I thought that bombarding my brain with it would help flush it out. And yet, it only makes it more addictive. Why is that?

Now, the Little Miss and I like that song fo’ shizzle, but both of us feel that “As Long As You Love Me” is the better song and the better video. Discuss.

Or, would you go with the dark horse “All I Have To Give”? It’s my personal favourite. Don’t tell anyone.

I’m thinking that the amount of brain cells I have spent on this merits a masters dissertation, at the very least. Possibly a Ph.D. The Little Miss can be the youngest Ph.D. in the world!

I’m a parenting genius.

10 thoughts on “Backstreet’s Back

  1. Nick

    Here’s a fun game: listen to “As Long As You Love Me”, and then listen to Britney Spears’ “Sometimes”.

    That Max Martin certainly knew what he was doing.

    1. Huh. They follow the same formula, yet are just different enough to sound like two totally different songs. That’s marketing genius right there. Now I’m on a quest to find all the Max Martin songs in the world.

      (checks wikipedia) Holy cow! He is also the genius behind Baby One More Time? Hot n Cold? Since U Been Gone?

      He’s my hero.

  2. i just missed the whole Back Street Boys thing…. not that I am “above it” i was just the wrong age. my little sis had her room plastered with their cute faces. I was into Duran Duran when I was 10-12 years… and used to swoon over “the Reflex” video. seems like a century ago. one thing is for sure, boy bands serve a purpose in every girl’s life. discuss.

    1. Actually I was a Durannie as well – I was just a bit too old for the Backstreet Boys. And yet I find that a) I know the words to all their songs, b) I know all their names, and c) I have a favourite Backstreet Boy. It’s like it seeped into my brain when I wasn’t looking!

  3. Too tough to call which is the best BSB song. As Long as You Love Me was the first one that drew me in, even if it started as a joke with a friend and then with Little Sis.

    I watched SNL on the weekend and the musical guest was One Direction. I had never heard of them, but they were mesmerizing and yet I don’t know why.

    Do you think there is a song equivalent of MSG? If so, those kids and Max Martin are using it profusely.

    I could talk at length about the formula of a hooky pop song (ABBA is credited for being the best at it, I heard recently), but that would make for a very, very long reply.

    1. The EW story where they picked I Want It That Way as the top boy band song was actually about One Direction. Apparently they are the next big thing and their current hit is like brain candy. I’m currently in my Backstreet Boy revival period but I’m sure I will discover One Direction very, very soon.

  4. Lucky Sevens

    I had read the article in EW as well. When I saw BSB “I want it that way” as no.1, I said out loud, yes of course. That song along with “Everybody/Backstreets Back” are secret guilty pleasures of mine! There I have admitted that and on the internet too!

    How much do I love that Little Miss like Nick. My favorite was Kevin.

    Isn’t funny how every generation has a new surge of boy bands? What is it about them that attracts an audience?

    1. The Everybody song is the only one that the Little Miss won’t listen to. That’s because it’s video on YouTube is too scary – it features classic horror film monsters. So sad, because it’s one of the best!

      My favourite is Howie. Keep it between us :).

  5. My two are hooked on Big Time Rush (the nine-year-old) and The Wanted (the twelve-year-old). And I’m secure enough 🙂 to admit that I’m old enough to have been into what may be the first (need attribution) boy band: The Bay City Rollers. (Tartan! Swoon!)

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