Games (New Kids on the Block song)

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"Games"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album No More Games/The Remix Album
B-side "Games"
Remix of another song
Released January 17, 1991
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD maxi
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop
Length 3:51
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr, Donnie Wahlberg
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Let's Try It Again"
(1990)
"Games"
(1991)
"Call It What You Want"
(1991)

"Games" is a single released by New Kids on the Block as the first single from their remix album No More Games/The Remix Album.

Employing hip-hop samples with jazz riffs sung by Jordan Knight, and defensive rhymes by Donnie Wahlberg, "Games" was a dramatic departure from their previously clean cut sound. The song also included shout outs to Donnie's brother Mark Wahlberg and Mark's band The Funky Bunch.

Feeling the name "New Kids on the Block" was too childish for the group, the band shortened their name to "NKOTB" during the time of the single's release. The song received decent airplay from stations nationwide.

Track listings[edit]

12" maxi - Promo[1]
  1. "Games" (the kids get hard mix) – 5:22
  2. "What'cha Gonna Do (About It)" (Arthur Baker remix) – 5:51
  3. "Call It What You Want" (C&C pump it mix) – 5:31
  4. "My Favorite Girl" (remix) – 5:29
CD maxi[2]
  1. "Games (the kids get hard mix extended version) – 5:22
  2. "Games (album version) – 3:27
  3. "(You've Got It) The Right Stuff" (New Kids in the house mix) – 5:36
  4. "Treat Me Right" – 4:17
7" single
  1. "Games" (the kids get hard mix 7" mix) – 3:58
  2. "Games" (the album version) – 3:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 33
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[3] 39
Canadian Singles Chart 27
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 30
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 19
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[4] 9
New Zealand Singles Chart 27
UK Singles Chart[5] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs.com
  2. ^ Discogs.com
  3. ^ a b c d "Games", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 13, 2009)
  4. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 13, 2009)
  5. ^ "Games", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 13, 2009)