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"I Want You Back" is the debut single by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on October 4, 1996, in Germany and January 20, 1998, in the UK and United States as the first single from their self-titled debut album; it is also included on their 2005 compilation album, Greatest Hits.

"I Want You Back"
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Single by NSYNC
from the album *NSYNC
B-side"You Got It", "I Just Wanna Be with You", "Everything I Own", "Giddy Up"
Released4 October 1996 (1996-10-04)
FormatCD single
RecordedAugust 1996
Cheiron Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
GenreDance-pop
Length3:22
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Denniz Pop, Max Martin
Producer(s)Denniz Pop, Max Martin
NSYNC singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
(1996)
"Tearin' Up My Heart"
(1997)

The song was written and produced by Max Martin and his mentor at the time, Denniz Pop. It peaked at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and won a Billboard award for Best New Dance Clip. The song was originally supposed to be recorded by the Backstreet Boys but due to scheduling conflicts, the song was then given to *NSYNC.

Contents

Music videoEdit

Two versions of the music video have been released. The first, shot in Stockholm, Sweden from August 15–16, 1996, was released with the original German release of the song in October 1996. This version features the group in a space station, with many high-tech effects playing out around them. The boys then attempt to contact a girl and bring her on board. This version was directed by Alan Calzatti. The second video accompanied the European and American release of the song in 1998. This version was shot in black-and-white, and features the group performing in a warehouse, with shots of them playing pool and driving with a local Orlando girl in a Cadillac intertwined. This version was directed by Jesse Vaughan and Douglas Biro.

Track listingsEdit

  • Germany (1996)
CD1
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "I Want You Back" (Long Version) – 4:23
CD2
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "I Want You Back" (Long Version) – 4:23
  3. "I Want You Back" (Club Version) – 5:24
  4. "I Want You Back" (Progressive Dub Mix) – 5:26
  • Europe (1998)
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "Tearin' Up My Heart" (Radio Version) – 3:26
  3. "You Got It" – 3:34
  4. "I Want You Back" (Club Version) – 5:24
  • UK (1998)
CD1
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "I Just Wanna Be with You" – 4:02
  3. "I Want You Back" (Riprock and Alex G.'s Smooth Vibe Mix) – 4:28
CD2
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "Everything I Own" – 4:10
  3. Exclusive interview – 5:06
  • America (1998)
CD1
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "I Want You Back" (Riprock's Elevation Mix) – 5:28
CD2
  1. "I Want You Back" (Hot Tracks Extended Version) – 5:23
  2. "I Want You Back" (Riprock's Elevation Mix) – 5:28
  3. "I Want You Back" (Florian's Transcontinent Club Mix) – 5:45
  4. "I Want You Back" (Riprock & Alex G.'s Smooth Vibe Mix) – 4:27
Limited edition digipak
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "Giddy Up" – 4:07
  • Australia (1998)
  1. "I Want You Back" (Radio Version) – 3:22
  2. "I Want You Back" (Back Beat Radio Mix) – 3:38
  3. "I Want You Back" (Riprock's Elevation Radio Mix) – 3:42
  4. "I Want You Back" (Florian's Transcontinent Radio Mix) – 3:15
  5. "I Want You Back" (Suggested Callout Hook) – 0:10

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  17. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Hit Tracks of '98" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 63 no. 12. December 14, 1998. p. 20. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('N Sync; 'I Want You Back')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  21. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – 'N Sync – I Want You Back". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.