Backstreet Boys (1997 album)

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Backstreet Boys is the debut U.S. studio album by the vocal-pop group Backstreet Boys. The release of this album coincided with the release of their second international album Backstreet's Back. Their international debut album released in 1996 was also titled Backstreet Boys, but it was not released in the United States. This second self-titled album was released only in the United States in 1997, making it their debut album in the country. It became one of the most successful debut albums of all time. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has been certified 14× Platinum (Diamond) by the RIAA for sales to retailers, having sold over 14 million copies to date in the United States.[5] This was also reported as the second highest seller in the past 14 years for Music Club sales back in 2003, selling 1.72 million units.[6]

Backstreet Boys
Compilation album by
ReleasedAugust 12, 1997 (1997-08-12)[1][2]
Recorded1994 – May 1997
StudioParc Studios (Orlando, Florida)
Cheiron (Stockholm, Sweden)
Battery Studios and The Hit Factory (New York City)
ProducerDenniz Pop, Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Veit Renn, Timmy Allen, Full Force, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Backstreet Boys chronology
Backstreet's Back
Backstreet Boys
Singles from Backstreet Boys
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On"
    Released: September 5, 1995
  2. "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)"
    Released: June 10, 1997
  3. "As Long as You Love Me"
    Released: October 21, 1997
  4. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
    Released: March 31, 1998
  5. "I'll Never Break Your Heart"
    Released: July 14, 1998
  6. "All I Have to Give"
    Released: December 8, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Consumer GuideA−[4]

The compilation album is a collection of tracks from Backstreet Boys' first and second international albums, Backstreet Boys (1996) and Backstreet's Back (1997), respectively. Since the album and Backstreet's Back were released at the same time, both albums share the same cover, only with different titles.


There were two editions of this album available. The original pressing contained 11 songs and did not include "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". Presumably, this may have been due to the title of the song, which correlates with the title of the international album, Backstreet's Back. The title would not necessarily make sense in the context of this album being their American debut. The decision to make it a single in the US contributed to a re-release of the album in 1998, which contained 12 tracks, this time including an extended version of the song.[7] There are also several differences between the songs from the international debut album: the second verse of "Quit Playing Games" was re-recorded to feature Nick Carter, replacing Brian Littrell's verse from the original version; "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" was only featured in an extended mix, and a demo version of "As Long as You Love Me", using different instrumentation, arrangement and mixing, was included in place of the final version. The demo version was released as a single in the US and the final version was released in the 1998 pressing of the album and on The Hits – Chapter One.

The original pressing of the album had a maroon spine and blue background on the back inlay. The second pressing of the album had a teal spine and a straw-colored background on the back inlay. Both versions of the album contained the same Enhanced Section, containing videos and other multimedia files.


To promote the album the group appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Saturday Night Live, MTV, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and All That.

Commercial performanceEdit

Backstreet Boys debuted at number 29 on the US Billboard 200 the week of August 30, 1997 with 40,000 copies sold while solicitation for the album stood at 602,000 units following the group's success of their song, "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)".[8] After five months, on January 31, 1998, it reached and peaked at number four on the chart, when this happened the album had already sold two million copies in the United States.[9][10] According to Nielsen SoundScan, it was the fifty-second best selling record of 1997 in the United States with 1,300,000 copies sold and the third best selling album of 1998 with 5,700,000 copies sold.[11][12] The album was certified fourteen times platinum by the RIAA on April 5, 2001 denoting shipments of fourteen millions.[5]

As of March 2015, the album had sold 11,687,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen Music.[13] It had sold additional 1.72 million units at the BMG Music Club as of February 2003.[14]

Track listingEdit

1."We've Got It Goin' On"Denniz PoP, Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow3:40
2."Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)"Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow3:56
3."As Long as You Love Me"Max Martin3:40
4."All I Have to Give"Full Force4:34
5."Anywhere for You"Gary Baker, Wayne Perry4:42
6."Hey, Mr. DJ (Keep Playin' This Song)"Timmy Allen, Larry Campbell, Jolyon Skinner4:26
7."I'll Never Break Your Heart"Albert Manno, Eugene Wilde4:47
8."Darlin'"Timmy Allen, Nneka Morton5:31
9."Get Down (You're the One for Me)" (featuring Smooth T.)Bülent Aris, Toni Cottura3:53
10."Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"Attrell Cordes, Gary Kemp3:30
11."If You Want It to Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)"R.J. Lange4:49



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Netherlands (NVPI)[17] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] 14× Platinum 13,407,000[A]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Discog". Backstreet Boys. Archived from the original on December 9, 2011. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "News - Articles - 1425277". August 14, 1997. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Backstreet Boys: Backstreet Boys". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "American album certifications – Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Music Club Sales up to 2003 Archived 2015-09-25 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Backstreet Boys [ENHANCED CD]: Backstreet Boys: Music". Retrieved January 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Faison, Datu (August 30, 1997). "Rhythm Section". Billboard. 109 (35): 22. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Newman, Melinda (January 31, 1998). "The Beat". Billboard. 110 (5): 14. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Backstreet Boys Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Best Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "Best Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Peoples, Glenn (March 26, 2015). "Why Zayn Malik's Departure From One Direction Won't Hurt Band's Music Sales". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  14. ^ a b David, Barry (February 18, 2003). "Shania, Backstreet, Britney, Eminem And Janet Top All Time Sellers". Music Industry News Network. Archived from the original on July 3, 2003. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  16. ^ "Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved February 12, 2020. Enter Backstreet Boys in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 21, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 


  1. ^ As of March 2015, the album has sold 11,687,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan, which does not count albums sold through clubs like the BMG Music Club, where it sold 1.72 million units.[13][14] Combined, it has sold over 13,407,000 copies in the United States.