Backstreet Boys (1997 album)

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This article is about the US debut album. For the international debut album, see Backstreet Boys (1996 album).
Backstreet Boys
Studio album by Backstreet Boys
Released August 12, 1997 (1997-08-12) (U.S.)[1][2]
Recorded October 1994 – May 1997
Studio Parc Studios (Orlando, Florida)
Cheiron (Stockholm, Sweden)
Battery Studios and The Hit Factory (New York City)
Genre Pop, dance-pop
Length 52:10
Label Jive
Producer Denniz PoP, Max Martin, Kristian Lundin, Veit Renn, Timmy Allen, Full Force, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Backstreet Boys chronology
Backstreet's Back
Backstreet Boys
Singles from Backstreet Boys
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On"
    Released: September 5, 1995
  2. "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)"
    Released: June 10, 1997
  3. "As Long as You Love Me"
    Released: October 21, 1997
  4. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
    Released: March 31, 1998
  5. "I'll Never Break Your Heart"
    Released: July 14, 1998
  6. "All I Have to Give"
    Released: December 8, 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]

Backstreet Boys is the self-titled debut U.S. studio album by the vocal-pop group Backstreet Boys. The release of this album coincided with the release of their second international album Backstreet's Back. Their international debut album released in 1996 was also titled Backstreet Boys, but it was not released in the United States. This second self-titled album was released only in the United States in 1997, making it their debut album in the country. It became one of the most successful debut albums of all time. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has been certified 14× Platinum (Diamond) by the RIAA for sales to retailers, having sold over 14 million copies to date in the United States.[5] This was also reported as the second highest seller in the past 14 years for Music Club sales back in 2003, selling 1.72 million units.[6]

This album is a collection of tracks from Backstreet Boys' first and second international albums, Backstreet Boys (1996) and Backstreet's Back (1997) respectively. Since this album and Backstreet's Back were released at the same time, both albums share the same cover, only with different titles.


There were two editions of this album available. The original pressing contained eleven songs and did not include "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". Presumably, this may have been due to the title of the song, which correlates with the title of the international album, Backstreet's Back. The title would not necessarily make sense in the context of this album being their American debut. The decision to make it a single in the US contributed to a re-release of the album in 1998, which contained twelve tracks, this time including an extended version of the song.[7] There are also several differences between the songs from the international debut album: the second verse of "Quit Playing Games" was re-recorded to feature Nick Carter, replacing Brian Littrell's verse from the original version; "Everybody" was only featured in an extended mix, and a demo version of "As Long as You Love Me", using different instrumentation, arrangement and mixing, was included in place of the final version. The demo version was released as a single in the US and the final version was released in the 1998 pressing of the album and on The Hits – Chapter One.

The original pressing of the album had a maroon spine and blue background on the back inlay. The second pressing of the album had a teal spine and a straw-coloured background on the back inlay. Both versions of the album contained the same Enhanced Section, containing videos and other multimedia files.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We've Got It Goin' On" Denniz PoP, Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow 3:40
2. "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)" (alternate version) Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow 3:55
3. "As Long as You Love Me" (alternate version) Max Martin 3:33
4. "All I Have to Give" Full Force 4:34
5. "Anywhere for You" Gary Baker, Wayne Perry 4:42
6. "Hey, Mr. DJ (Keep Playin' This Song)" Timmy Allen, Larry Campbell, Jolyon Skinner 4:26
7. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" Albert Manno, Eugene Wilde 4:47
8. "Darlin'" Timmy Allen, Nneka Morton 5:31
9. "Get Down (You're the One for Me) [feat. Toni Cottura]" Bülent Aris, Toni Cottura 3:53
10. "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" Attrell Cordes, Gary Kemp 3:30
11. "If You Want It to Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)" R.J. Lange 4:49


To promote the album the group appeared on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Saturday Night Live, MTV, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and All That.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Discog". Backstreet Boys. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ "News - Articles - 1425277". 1997-08-14. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  6. ^ Music Club Sales up to 2003
  7. ^ "Backstreet Boys [ENHANCED CD]: Backstreet Boys: Music". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  8. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.