I'll Never Break Your Heart

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"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
I'llNeverBreakYourHeart1.png
US cover
Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Backstreet Boys
B-side "Roll with It"
Released December 13, 1995 (International)
July 14, 1998 (US)
Format CD single
Recorded Spring 1995;
Parc Studios
Platinum Post Studios
(Orlando, Florida)[1]
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:48 (LP version)
4:25 (Radio edit)
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Eugene Wilde, Albert Manno
Producer(s) Veit Renn, Timmy Allen
Backstreet Boys international singles chronology
"We've Got It Goin' On"
(1995)
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
(1995)
"Get Down (You're the One for Me)"
(1996)
"We've Got It Goin' On"
(1995)
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
(1995)
"Get Down (You're the One for Me)"
(1996)
Backstreet Boys US singles chronology
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
(1998)
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
(1998)
"All I Have to Give"
(1998)
Music video
"I'll Never Break Your Heart" on YouTube

"I'll Never Break Your Heart" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released as the second single from their self-titled debut album. It was later included on their U.S. debut album as well. The song was written by singer-songwriters Eugene Wilde & Albert Manno.

Background[edit]

The song was first released in December 1995, then in 1996 for a few other markets, and subsequently was re-released June 1998 of the US debut. The song peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, but fared better on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it became the group's first number one song on this chart.[2] Outside the US, the song peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart and also went to the Top 10 in Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. The song replaced "I'll Never Find Someone Like You" on the album, which was to be the band's first single. The band's label, Jive Records, had not committed to using the song for the band, and as a result, it was offered to singer Keith Martin, who accepted it and released it as a single on the Bad Boys soundtrack, and his own albums It's Long Overdue and All the Hits. Brian Littrell discovered this when he heard Martin's song play on the radio one day.[3] "I'll Never Break Your Heart" was supposedly recorded over two weeks, because Littrell and AJ McLean, the two lead vocalists on the song, had colds.[3] Spanish version of the song, titled "Nunca Te Haré Llorar", was later recorded in Zürich along with a Spanish version of "Anywhere for You".[3] Andy Williams released a version in 2007 on his album, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK
Original
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP Version) - 4:49
  3. "Roll with It" (Alternate Version) - 4:43
Re-release CD1
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Amadin's Club Mix) - 6:33
  3. "Mark Goodier Interview" (Part 1)
Re-release CD2
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "Roll with It" - 4:43
  3. "Mark Goodier Interview" (Part 2)
Cassette
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "Roll with It" - 4:43
  • America
Original CD1
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP Version) - 4:49
  2. "Nunca Te Hare Llorar (I'll Never Break Your Heart)" (Spanish Version) - 4:49
  3. "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)" (Live Version) - 4:08
Original CD2
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP Version) - 4:49
  3. "Get Down" (DESIGN Radio I) - 3:55
  4. "Get Down" (Smokin' Beats Club Mix) - 6:43
Re-release
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP Version) - 4:49
  3. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Spanglish Version) - 4:48
  4. "Nunca Te Hare Llorar (I'll Never Break Your Heart)" (Spanish Version) - 4:44
  5. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Instrumental) - 4:25

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were released for "I'll Never Break Your Heart".

The video released in conjunction with the original single release follows a group of girls, one of whom has just broken up with her boyfriend as explained in the video's preface. The band members are on a ski vacation, and each partners up with one of the girls. Brian Littrell gets together with the girl who had just broken up with her boyfriend. The girl Kevin Richardson is matched with was his then-girlfriend and now-wife Kristin Willits. This original video was filmed in November 1995 in the Rocky Mountains. It first aired in December 1995 in Germany, France, and other nations in Western Europe.

The second video, directed by Bille Woodruff in April 1998, was released to MTV in June 1998 for the US market. It later appeared as the first video on Total Request Live on September 14, 1998. The video features each band member singing in their own uniquely styled apartment which are stacked atop one another in a tall building. Late in the video, each of the members is shown to have a girl in their apartment. The group is also shown singing together in a cylindrical tunnel which has a rotating round porthole at the near end, though which the camera observes. A version of the video was also released for the Spanish version of the song. The dog in Littrell's apartment was actually his dog, and the girl in his apartment was his then-girlfriend, now-wife Leighanne Wallace. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" appears on the US version of Now That's What I Call Music! 2 which was released on July 27, 1999. This also appears on the UK version of Now That's What I Call Music! 35, released on November 18, 1996.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995–1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 8
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 47
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 6
Germany (Official German Charts) 5
Ireland (IRMA) 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)
(re-release)
8
US Billboard Hot 100 35
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 31
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[14] 30
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[15] 43
Dutch Singles Chart[16] 23
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[17] 41
German Singles Chart[18] 33
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 12
Chart (1998) Position
Australian Singles Chart[20] 33

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date Format
Europe December 13, 1995 (1995-12-13) Airplay
February 12, 1996 (1996-02-12) CD Single
United States June 1998 (1998-06) Airplay
July 14, 1998 (1998-07-14)[21] CD Single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entertainment Weekly 10th Anniversary". Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Chart info at billboard.com
  3. ^ a b c Interview with Backstreet Boys, management, and others from Entertainment Weekly 10th Anniversary Issue.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?lr=&rview=1&id=_gwEAAAAMBAJ&q=backstreet+boys#v=snippet&q=backstreet%20boys&f=false.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart". Singles Top 100.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ 1996 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  14. ^ 1996 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  15. ^ 1996 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  16. ^ http://www.dutchcharts.nl/jaaroverzichten.asp?year=1996&cat=s
  17. ^ url=http://books.google.ca/books?id=wQ4EAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1
  18. ^ 1996 German Singles Chart [1] . Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  19. ^ 1996 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  20. ^ 1998 Australian Singles Chart [2] (Retrieved April 20, 2010)
  21. ^ "Backstreet Boys – I'll Never Break Your Heart – Amazon.com Music". Retrieved November 9, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"To Love You More" by Celine Dion
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
October 17 – November 30, 1998
Succeeded by
"From This Moment On" by Shania Twain