It's Christmas Time Again

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"It's Christmas Time Again"
It's Christmas Time Again.jpg
Single by Backstreet Boys
ReleasedNovember 6, 2012
RecordedOctober 18, 2012[1]
Los Angeles, CA
GenrePop, Christmas
Songwriter(s)Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Mika Guillory, Morgan Taylor Reid[3]
Producer(s)Morgan Taylor Reid[4]
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"Don't Turn Out the Lights"
"It's Christmas Time Again"
"In a World like This"
Music video
"It's Christmas Time Again" on YouTube

"It's Christmas Time Again" is a Christmas song by American vocal group Backstreet Boys. The song was written by Backstreet Boys members Nick Carter and Howie Dorough along with Mika Guillory and Morgan Taylor Reid in early October 2012.[3] It is the first song by the Backstreet Boys to feature Kevin Richardson's vocals in six years. Richardson left the group in 2006 and rejoined in 2012. It is also the first song released under the group's own label K-BAHN.

A sneak preview of "It's Christmas Time Again" was posted on the group's official website on November 1, 2012 and AOL Music premiered the full song on November 5, 2012.[5] "It's Christmas Time Again" was released digitally on November 6, 2012.[6] The Backstreet Boys performed the song publicly for the very first time on November 4, 2012 at the taping of Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade at Disneyland, CA. On November 14, 2012, the group debuted the song on national TV on The Talk and on December 19, 2012 they performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In December 2013, the Backstreet Boys performed this song in the annual "Christmas in Washington" TV special which was also attended by the President of the United States Barack Obama and his family.[7]


The Backstreet Boys had been working on their eighth studio album since mid-2012 and they originally aimed to have something out before the end of the year,[8] but later pushed back the release date for the single to early 2013.[9] When they got the opportunity to perform at Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, Disney gave them the option to sing their previous original Christmas song "Christmas Time" or a classic,[10] but they figured they would write a new Christmas song instead which would also serve as a gift to their fans while they're waiting for the new album.[11] Dorough and Carter wrote the song in early October 2012 with Morgan Taylor Reid and Mika Guillory in about two hours. Within a week they had the song not only demoed and written, but also recorded by the rest of the Backstreet Boys members. They then presented it to Disney, who quickly approved it.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Artistdirect gave the song a positive review and 5 out of 5 stars,[12] describing the song as a "timeless Christmas anthem" with a smooth acoustic guitar build-up, resounding bells, and soaring five-part harmonies. Entertainment Weekly also gave the song a positive review, noting that the song has a catchy tune, a little "boy band hook," and a five-part harmony.[13]


The song peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday Digital Songs chart in November 2012.[14]

Chart (2012) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[15] 38
US Holiday Digital Songs (Billboard) [14] 1

Music video[edit]

The music video for this song is animated, and was premiered on Artistdirect on November 15, 2012.[16] It features the members of Backstreet Boys as cartoon characters and follows the story of a couple who grow old together and how they spend their Christmas over the years.


  1. ^ "Backstreet Boys Twitter Update". October 18, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. Studio w/ Kevin, AJ, & Nick. If you're good this year, we may have a surprise for u ;)
  2. ^ "Backstreet Boys - It's Christmas Time Again (File. MP3) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Nick Carter Twitter Update". October 3, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012. On our way to work to write with Prophet and Morgan. Wish us luck.
  4. ^ "Morgan Taylor Reid Twitter Update". November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012. Get Backstreet Boys Xmas single NOW on iTunes!! Produced/mixed/co-written by yours truly!
  5. ^ Malach, Maggie (November 5, 2012). "Backstreet Boys, 'It's Christmas Time Again' Premiere: Band Rings in Holiday Season with New Song". AOL Music. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "Backstreet Boys Christmas Time". Backstreet Boys. November 1, 2012. Archived from the original on December 29, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Clark, Cindy (December 16, 2013). "Obamas, Hugh Jackman celebrate 'Christmas in Washington'". USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "AJ Mclean outside recording studio Jun 27, 2012 - part 1". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Marinelli, Gina (September 18, 2012). "The Backstreet Boys Spill On "Sucky" Fashion, Parachute Pants, & Yes, A New Album". Refinery29. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Interview: Howie D. – Backstreet Boys". November 12, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  11. ^ Patrick (November 5, 2012). "Backstreet Boys Are Back With New 'It's Christmas Time Again' Single". Homorazzi. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  12. ^ Florino, Rick (November 12, 2012). "Backstreet Boys "It's Christmas Time Again" Song Review – 5 out of 5 stars". Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  13. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (November 6, 2012). "Backstreet Boys release new Christmas song: Listen here (and get filled with joy)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Trust, Gary (November 16, 2012). "Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips Finds His 'Home' At No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
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  16. ^ "Backstreet Boys Debut "It's Christmas Time Again" Animated Music Video on". ARTISTdirect. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.