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"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released as the first single from their second international album Backstreet's Back in June 1997, and the third single from their debut US album in March 1998. The US debut was originally released without the song, which references the band's return via their second international album. However, once it was decided to release the single in the US, the album was re-released with "Everybody" included.

"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
Everybody (Backstreet's Back) (Backstreet Boys single - cover art).png
Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Backstreet's Back (int'l), Backstreet Boys (US)
  • "Boys Will Be Boys"
  • "Anywhere for You"
ReleasedJune 30, 1997 (1997-06-30)
FormatCD single
Length4:48 (album/extended version)
3:44 (radio/7" edit)
  • Denniz PoP
  • Max Martin
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"Anywhere for You"
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
"As Long as You Love Me"
Backstreet Boys US singles chronology
"As Long as You Love Me"
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
Music video
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" on YouTube



Zomba chairman Clive Calder suggested the song as a single, but Jive president Barry Weiss thought it would be weird to have a song called "Backstreet's Back" on the band's first US album. The band suggested it could just mean that they were back home. After Canadian markets began playing the song, US markets near the border began picking the song up. The band met with Weiss and asked that the song be added to the US album after the first million units had already been produced.[1] Written and produced by Max Martin and Denniz PoP, "Everybody" is one of the Backstreet Boys' most successful singles to date, reaching #4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, running 22 weeks, and #3 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] It is certified platinum in the United States with 2.1 million sales.

There are two versions of the song. The international album features the album or 7" version, which is the standard recording. The US album features the extended version of the song which includes an extended breakdown section, but cuts the bridge. The music video for the song was cut to both versions of the song, with the extended video released to the US market, and the standard video released everywhere else. In late August 2012, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter revealed via Twitter that the group was recording the song in Spanish, and it might be featured in their eighth studio record for Latin markets.[3]

Track listingEdit



  1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Radio Edit) – 3:44
  2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Matty's Radio Mix)


  1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Matty's Radio Mix) – 3:57
  2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Multiman Remix) – 4:09
  3. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Sharp London Vocal Mix) – 8:02
  4. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Radio Edit) – 3:48
  5. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Extended Version) – 4:46
  6. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Video Clip) – 6:03


  1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Extended Radio Mix) – 4:48
  2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Matty's Hip Hop Radio Remix)
  3. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Kano's Undercurrent Dub)
  4. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Sharp London Vocal Remix)
  5. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Sharp Trade Dub)



  1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (7" Version) – 3:44
  2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Extended Version) – 4:45
  3. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Multiman Remix) – 4:09
  4. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Matty's Remix) – 3:55
  5. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Max & Macario Club Mix) – 6:12


  1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (7" Version) – 3:44
  2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Extended Version) – 4:45
  3. "Boys Will Be Boys" – 4:05

Japan / CanadaEdit

  1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (7" Version) – 3:44
  2. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Extended Version) – 4:42
  3. "Anywhere for You" – 4:40
  4. "Boys Will Be Boys" – 4:05

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and filmed in June 1997 in Los Angeles, California. A parody of the horror film genre in the same vein as Michael Jackson's "Thriller",[1] It premiered outside the United States in July 1997, although viewers with MuchMusic USA were able to see it as at the time it was still mostly a simulcast of the Canadian channel. The concept of the video came from the band itself.[4] The label did not get behind the concept of the band in costumes or the large budget requirements, and did not believe MTV would respect the video. The band ultimately had to put up its own money to shoot the video and had to fight with the label to get reimbursed once it was successful.[1] The video ranked at #76 of "MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos." The Backstreet Boys also performed the song at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, during which they won the Moonman for Best Group Video.


The Boys, with Howie in front, as they prepare to leave the haunted house

The video is bookended by scenes framing the context: When their bus breaks down, the band's driver (Antonio Fargas) insists that the group spend a night at a nearby haunted house (the same house used in the 1995 film Casper) while he gets help. It then shows Brian preparing to sleep in one of the bedrooms. As he is in bed, he pulls out a scary animal from under his covers, making him scream in horror. The musical portion of the video plays as a dream sequence in which each band member appears as a different movie monster: Brian as a werewolf; Howie as Dracula; Nick as a mummy; A.J. as Erik, the Phantom of the Opera; and Kevin as Two-Face-like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The boys, as monsters, mainly appear in their own individual vignettes related to their character, while the band as a group appears in the foyer of the house dressed in centuries-old clothing, performing a dance routine with a group of additional dancers. Supermodel Josie Maran appears as Howie's companion in his vignette. Following the song, the boys meet up in the foyer, each one having dreamed themselves as monsters. They resolve to leave, but are terrified by the sight of their driver standing at the front door with the appearance of Frankenstein's monster. The boys scream in terror, and the video ends.

There are two cuts of the video; one for the US market, and one for the international market, each of which features the edit of the song released on the album for that market. The international video cuts from the opening bookend to the first verse. The bridge of the song is intact and the first half of the dance routine, a ballroom dance portion, is intercut with the vignettes under it. This leads into the second half of the dance portion during the final choruses of the song which are not intercut with the vignettes. In the US cut, the ballroom half of the dance routine and the beginning of the second half are used at the start of the song during the first rhythm-only breakdown, and is not intercut with the vignettes. The second breakdown, which replaces the bridge, is accompanied only by shots from the vignettes, along with some shots of Brian's Wolfman character doing some tumbling moves in the foyer and in the various vignettes. When the final choruses begin, the second half of the dance routine is shown again from the start, but is intercut with vignette scenes. Most of the remainder of the video is cut identically, other than several minor instances of alternate scenes or takes being used. The dance floor in the video was painted. At the end, Brian wakes up, looks in his bed to see nothing, and realizes that he had a nightmare. As he tells Howie about his dream, he and the other guys tell each other that they had a dream as well and described what they were. Howie and the others get ready to leave, but find that their bus driver is a monster, making the Backstreet Boys scream in terror.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[46] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[48] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] Platinum 630,000[49]
United States (RIAA)[52] Platinum 1,200,000[51]

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

Release historyEdit

Country Release date Format
Europe June 30, 1997 Airplay
Europe July 14, 1997 CD single
United States February 23, 1998[53] Airplay
United States March 31, 1998[54] CD single

Awards and nominationsEdit

MTV Video Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" Best Group Video Won
Best Dance Video Nominated

Nickelodeon Kids Choice AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1999 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Favorite Song Won

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1999 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Best New Artist Nominated

MuchMusic Video AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1998 Everybody (Backstreet's Back) Peoples Choice Favorite International Group Won

MTV Movie AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 This Is the End (Performance) Best Musical Moment[55] Won

Cover versions and usage in mediaEdit


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