Top 10 Backstreet Boys Songs

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10. "All I Have To Give" (1998)

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Backstreet Boys - "All I Have To Give". Courtesy Jive

"All I Have To Give" was the final single from the Backstreet Boys' self-titled debut US album. Although the album only peaked at #4 on the US album chart, steady sales turned it into one of the biggest debut albums of all time. It has been certified fourteen times platinum. The R&B production and songwriting team Full Force wrote and produced the song. They had previously been best known for a series of hit collaborations with Lisa Lisa and helping launch Samantha Fox into the pop top 10. "All I Have To Give" won a Teen Choice award for Choice Music Video of the Year. The song peaked at #5 on the pop chart in the US and in the top 10 in many other countries around the world.

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9. "Inconsolable" (2007)

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Backstreet Boys - "Inconsolable". Courtesy Jive

"Inconsolable" was the first single released by the Backstreet Boys after paring down to a foursome following the departure of founding member Kevin Richardson. They worked with veteran pop songwriter and producer Emanuel Kiriakou who has worked with artists as diverse as Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo. The song is a classic boy band power ballad with emotional lyrics. The song reached the top 40 at mainstream pop radio and peaked at #21 on the adult contemporary chart. It served as the lead-in for the top 10 charting album Unbreakable.

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8. "We've Got It Goin' On" (1995)

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Backstreet Boys - "We've Got It Goin' On". Courtesy Jive

At the time they came together to record "We've Got It Goin' On," both Swedish producer and songwriter Max Martin and the Backstreet Boys were relative unknowns. This song launched both into the pop charts. It was recorded at sessions that also produced "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)." The Backstreet Boys went on to become one of the top boy bands of all time and Max Martin is one of the most successful pop producers of all time. "We've Got It Goin' On" only reached #69 on the US pop chart, but it reached the top 10 in many other countries. 

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7. "Incomplete" (2005)

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Backstreet Boys - "Incomplete". Courtesy Jive

For their first single after reuniting following a two year hiatus, the Backstreet Boys chose this lush pop ballad. The song was a chart success in the US, their biggest hit in five years. It reached the top 10 at mainstream pop radio and climbed to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ultimately "Incomplete" earned a gold certification for sales. It was the first single from the #3 charting platinum certified album Never Gone.

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6. "Shape Of My Heart" (2000)

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Backstreet Boys - "Shape Of My Heart". Courtesy Jive

"Shape Of My Heart," as the lead single from the album Black and Blue, was one of the most eagerly anticipated singles of the Backstreet Boys' career. It was co-written and co-produced by Max Martin. Peaking at #9 on the pop chart in the US and #1 in many other countries, "Shape Of My Heart" earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group. The Backstreet Boys have performed "Shape Of My Heart" a capella in concert many times. Black and Blue became the group's second consecutive #1 album and has sold six million copies in the US.

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5. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" (1999)

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Backstreet Boys - "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely". Courtesy Jive

"Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" is a tearjerking ballad from the Backstreet Boys that incorporates elements of Latin pop into the mix. Max Martin co-wrote and co-produced the song. At the peak of their career, the Backstreet Boys released the accompanying music video on New Year's Eve 1999. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" was nominated for Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group at the Grammy Awards. It was the group's sixth Grammy Award nomination.

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4. "Larger Than Life" (1999)

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Backstreet Boys - "Larger Than Life". Courtesy Jive

The Backstreet Boys created "Larger Than Life" as a tribute to their dedicated fans. Group member Brian Littrell co-wrote the song with Max Martin and Kristian Lundin. While only peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song reached #6 at mainstream pop radio and hit the top 10 in many other countries around the world. The accompanying music video, directed by Joseph Kahn with a futuristic space theme, is one of the most expensive all time with production costs topping $2 million. 

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3. "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" (1996)

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Backstreet Boys - "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)". Courtesy Jive

The ballad "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" was recorded in the same Max Martin led sessions that produced "We've Got It Goin' On." The song consolidated the group's pop success in other countries and became their pop breakthrough in the US. It peaked at #2 in the US and remains the Backstreet Boys' most successful US pop single. "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" helped launch the group's self-titled debut album in the US. It climbed to #4 on the album chart and has been certified fourteen times platinum.

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2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (1997)

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Backstreet Boys - "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". Courtesy Jive

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" was recorded in reference to the Backstreet Boys' return with a second album in international pop markets. However, their first album was not released in the US. Subsequently, this song was left off their US debut until the group had their pop chart breakthrough on the Billboard Hot 100. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" was finally released as the fourth single from their US debut and the album was re-released with the song included. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is upbeat and was well-received by fans and critics alike. It peaked at #4 on the US pop chart and was one of the top 25 pop hits of the year.

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1. "I Want It That Way" (1999)

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Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way". Courtesy Jive

The lush ballad "I Want It That Way" is considered by many to be one of the definitive boy band songs of all time. It earned the Backstreet Boys a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year and Song of the Year as well as helping the album Millennium be nominated for Album of the Year. The song was co-written and co-produced by Swedish producer and songwriter Max Martin who was a key architect of the group's sound. "I Want It That Way" reached #1 on pop charts in more than 20 countries around the world while topping both the mainstream pop and adult contemporary radio charts in the US. 

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