I Want You Back (NSYNC song)

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"I Want You Back"
Single by NSYNC
from the album NSYNC
B-side "You Got It" "I Just Wanna Be with You" "Everything I Own" "Giddy Up"
Released October 7, 1996 (Germany)
January 20, 1998 (UK and United States)
Format CD single
Recorded August 1996
Cheiron Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:20
Label RCA
Writer(s) Denniz Pop, Max Martin
Producer(s) Denniz Pop, Max Martin
NSYNC singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
(1996)
"Tearin' Up My Heart"
(1997)

"I Want You Back" is the debut single from American boy band NSYNC.

It was written and produced by Max Martin and his mentor at the time, Denniz Pop, and was the first single released from the band's self-titled debut album; it is also included on their 2005 compilation album, Greatest Hits. It peaked at #13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and won a Billboard award for Best New Dance Clip.

Music video[edit]

Two versions of the music video have been released. The first, shot in Stockholm, Sweden from August 15–16, 1996 was released with the original German release of the song in October 1996. This version features the group in a space station, with many high-tech effects playing out around them. The boys then attempt to contact a girl and bring her on board. This version was directed by Alan Calzatti. The second video accompanied the European and American release of the song in 1998. This version was shot in black-and-white, and features the group performing in a warehouse, with shots of them playing pool and driving in a Cadillac intertwined. This version was directed by Jesse Vaughan and Douglas Biro.

Track listings[edit]

  • Germany (1996)
CD1
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "I Want You Back" (long version) – 4:23
CD2
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "I Want You Back" (long version) – 4:23
  3. "I Want You Back" (club version) – 5:24
  4. "I Want You Back" (Progressive Dub Mix) – 5:26
  • Europe (1998)
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "Tearin' Up My Heart" (radio version) – 3:26
  3. "You Got It" – 3:34
  4. "I Want You Back" (club version) – 5:24
  • UK (1998)
CD1
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "I Just Wanna Be with You" – 4:02
  3. "I Want You Back" (Riprock and Alex G.'s Smooth Vibe Mix) – 4:28
CD2
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "Everything I Own" – 4:10
  3. Exclusive interview – 5:06
  • America (1998)
CD1
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "I Want You Back" (Riprock's Elevation Mix) – 5:28
CD2
  1. "I Want You Back" (Hot Tracks Extended Version) – 5:23
  2. "I Want You Back" (Riprock's Elevation Mix) – 5:28
  3. "I Want You Back" (Florian's Transcontinent Club Mix) – 5:45
  4. "I Want You Back" (Riprock & Alex G.'s Smooth Vibe Mix) – 4:27
Limited edition digipak
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "Giddy Up" – 4:07
  • Australia (1998)
  1. "I Want You Back" (radio version) – 3:20
  2. "I Want You Back" (Back Beat Radio Mix) – 3:38
  3. "I Want You Back" (Riprock's Elevation Radio Mix) – 3:42
  4. "I Want You Back" (Florian's Transcontinent Radio Mix) – 3:15
  5. "I Want You Back" (Suggested Callout Hook) – 0:10

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]