After a year's success in Europe, the Backstreet Boys
emerged in 1996 at the beginning of a new wave of teen pop music. Their album Never Gone
, and it's lead single "Incomplete," released in 2005, marks the return of one of the most talented boy bands.
1. I Want It That Way (1999)Even Backstreet Boys detractors sometimes admit this single is a gorgeous pop ballad. The quintet's pure singing skills often set them apart from pretenders to the boy band throne. Listen to "I Want It That Way" and revel in the group harmonies.
2. Larger Than Life (1999)Consistent with the title, this single erupts with a big, shiny pop sound. It is the music of a vocal group at their peak. A memorable melody, singalong lyrics, and polished vocals combine for another top hit.
3. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (1997)It would be easy for a song like this to descend into a sappy puddle, but the artistry behind the earnest, pleading vocals hooks listeners. It's #2 peak ranks as the group's top performance on the pop singles chart.
4. Incomplete (2005)
After a 5 year layoff, the first single from the album Never Gone
leans uncharacteristically toward the territory of rock ballads. The group lost none of their vocal skill and, consistent with their own personal development, this is a strong adult-sounding power ballad.
5. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) (1998)Although it is included as a track on both of the band's first two albums, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" was used shrewdly as a followup single to the group's first hits. It is fantastic in that context. The group vocals are triumphant and confident in this picture perfect midtempo pop song.