Step by Step (New Kids on the Block song)
|"Step by Step"|
|Single by New Kids on the Block|
|from the album Step by Step|
|Released||May 10, 1990|
|New Kids on the Block singles chronology|
"Step by Step" is the biggest-selling hit single from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight. Danny Wood sang "Step 1", Donnie Wahlberg sang "Step 2", Jordan Knight sang "Step 3", Joey McIntyre sang "Step 4", and Jonathan Knight sang "Step 5."
Written by Maurice Starr, it was a huge worldwide hit, selling over 6.5 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest selling singles of 1990. It was the first single from the album of the same name, released on May 10, 1990. The song spent three weeks at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was eventually certified platinum; it also spent two weeks at #1 in the Canadian Singles Chart, in total "Step by Step" spent five weeks at #1 in the North American charts. It also peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart and was also a top 10 hit in the Australian, French, German, Irish and Norwegian charts. "Step by Step" was initially recorded by one of Maurice Starr's other groups, The Superiors and was released as a single in 1987.
Track listings 
- "Step by Step" - 4:27
- "Valentine Girl" - 3:57
- "Step by Step" (Radio Edit) - 3:59
- "Step by Step" (LP Version) - 4:27
- "Step by Step" (12" Club Remix) - 5:25
Popular success 
"Step by Step" was voted #4 in a Smash Hits poll of "Best Boyband songs...Ever," #5 in NME's "Top 50 Boyband Records" chart in September 2005 and also made the list of the top 30 Guilty Pleasures on About.com's music site. about.com's
The song was voted #7 in a viewer poll of the greatest Boy band/Girl band songs on New Zealand show UChoose40. It was also voted #1 in a viewer poll of the greatest Guilty Pleasures on the same show UChoose40. It beat such songs as the classic hit from Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody" which finished fourth in the poll.
In August 2007, it was confirmed that "Step by Step" would be part of a 30 song track-list in the new edition of the "Singstar" series titled SingStar 90s, a karaoke style game on classic 90s songs. . Furthermore, it was chosen as part of 32-track dance game in November 2009 for the Wii, called Just Dance.
Weekly charts 
Year-end charts 
- Joey McIntyre discusses "Step By Step" - RetroRewind interview
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