Incomplete (Backstreet Boys song)

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Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Never Gone
Released April 1, 2005 (Worldwide)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004;
Westlake Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock
Length 3:59
Label Jive
Writer(s) Dan Muckala, Lindy Robbins, Jess Cates
Producer(s) Dan Muckala
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"Just Want You to Know"

"Incomplete" is a song by American vocal group Backstreet Boys from their comeback album, Never Gone. The power ballad was released in April 2005 as the group's first single since they decided to reunite after a two year hiatus. It was written by Dan Muckala, Lindy Robbins, and Jess Cates, and it was produced by Muckala. The song became one of their most successful singles, peaking at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, and charting within the top 10 of thirteen countries. It debuted at number one in Australia, becoming their first number-one hit in the country. This song has earned Gold certification in the U.S.,.[1] In the US, it was their last successful single of the 2000s, as the song still receives airplay on fewer adult contemporary radio stations in the United States and Canada. This song was also featured as a track on the 2005 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 19.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Joseph Kahn, the music video for "Incomplete" sets the band in an arid desert environment, and features each of the band members in a different element of nature. Joseph Kahn used each element to represent the different personality of the singers. He decided that A.J. McLean embodies the band's rock and roll sensibilities, with his "fiery light and Hollywood cool", so he framed McLean by the sun as he drives a classic car down the highway. "The elements are sort of embracing their performance, so it feels like emotions." Nick Carter is "very volatile at times, beautiful to look at, but dangerous if you get too close", so he is represented by fire. In the video, Carter torches McLean's '68 GTO. Howie Dorough, the "slick guy in the group," according to Kahn, became rain. He sits under an old Joshua tree as a gust of wind picks up and the downpour starts. Kevin Richardson, "the most mature and reserved" Backstreet Boy, is "colder," so he became snow. He plays a white piano in the midst of a smoldering forest as a flurry starts and smoke rises from the ground. Brian Littrell, who Kahn describes as "this big ball of energy, you can't stop him," became the crashing waves of the ocean. He stands with his feet in the water as thunderclouds assemble above him. The video makes use of varied levels of daylight, and times of day. The group shot the video in Lancaster and Zuma Beach, California, racing from one location to another to take advantage of the fading sunlight. According to Kahn, the sunlight was not an effect, which meant the look they were going for was contingent on the sun, requiring an efficient use of time. In one sunset setup, they only had 15 minutes of light, and the crew lay on the ground so their shadows would not interfere with the shot. The approach was to simplify the video down to the bare bones so that it would be "a love letter to their fans," he said.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Incomplete" (Album Version) – 3:59
  2. "Incomplete" (Instrumental) – 3:59
  1. "Incomplete" (Album Version) – 3:59
  2. "My Beautiful Woman" (Paul Wiltshire, Victoria Wu) – 3:36
  3. "Movin' On" (Howie Dorough, Wade Robson, Nate Butler) – 3:30
  4. "Incomplete" (Music Video) – 3:59
Japanese E.P.
  1. "Incomplete" (Album Version) – 3:59
  2. "Incomplete" (Instrumental) – 3:59
  3. "My Beautiful Woman" – 3:36
  4. "My Beautiful Woman" (Instrumental) – 3:36




Chart (2005) Peak
Australia ARIA Singles Chart[3] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 6
Belgium (Flanders) Singles Chart[3] 14
Belgium (Walonia) Singles Chart[3] 13
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100 Oficiální)[4] 1
Danish Singles Chart[3] 3
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 4
European Hot 100 Singles[5] 6
Finnish Singles Chart[3] 14
French Singles Chart[3] 19
German Singles Chart[6] 3
Hungarian Singles Chart[7] 3
Irish Singles Chart[8] 5
Italian Singles Chart[3] 2
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[3] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 8
Spanish Singles Chart[3] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 3
UK Singles Chart[9] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 13
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[10] 21
U.S. Top 40 Mainstream[10] 8
U.S. Pop 100[11] 6
U.S. Adult Contemporary[11] 4

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2005) Position
Australian Singles Chart[12] 25
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 48
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[14] 64
Dutch Singles Chart[15] 78
German Singles Chart[16] 65
Italian Singles Chart[17] 7
Swiss Singles Chart[18] 22
Preceded by
"Don't Phunk With My Heart" by The Black Eyed Peas
ARIA (Australia) number-one single
June 18, 2005 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey


  1. ^ "RIAA: Backstreet Boys (Incomplete)". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  2. ^ Never Gone (CD booklet). Backstreet Boys. Jive Records. 2005. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n " Backstreet Boys (Incomplete)". (Hung Medien). Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  4. ^ Hybaj do obchodů pro Crazy Froga!
  5. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World (18 June 2005). Billboard. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  6. ^ " Backstreet Boys (Incomplete)". Media Control. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  7. ^ "Mahasz: Archívum › Kereső - előadó/cím szerint" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts: Search the Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  9. ^ "Official Chart Company: Backstreet Boys". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  10. ^ a b c "Allmusic: Backstreet Boys (Awards)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-09-23. 
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ 2005 Australian Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  13. ^ 2005 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  14. ^ 2005 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
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  16. ^ 2005 German Singles Chart [2] . Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  17. ^ 2005 Italian Singles Chart. Retrieved on 2011-06-29.
  18. ^ 2005 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2010)

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