New Kids on the Block (album)

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New Kids on the Block
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Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released April 1, 1986
Recorded 1985-86
Genre Bubblegum pop
Length 42:43
Label Columbia/CBS
Producer Maurice Starr, Erik Nuri (exec.), Larkin Arnold (exec.)
New Kids on the Block chronology
New Kids on the Block
Hangin' Tough

New Kids on the Block is the self-titled debut album from American pop boy band New Kids on the Block.

Released in the spring of 1986, its very bubble-gum, pseudo early Osmonds/New Edition-esque stylings failed to garner any attention. In August 1989, during the success of their second album, Hangin' Tough, Columbia Records released the New Kids on the Block track "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" as a single, in an attempt to bring this album to the attention of the group's growing fanbase. The ploy worked, and albums sales spiked. Subsequently, the New Kids on the Block album would eventually be certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA; peaking at number 25 on the US Billboard 200.


  • "Be My Girl" - March 1986
  • "Stop It Girl" - July 1986
  • "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" - August 1989
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Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Stop It Girl"   Maurice Starr Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre; rap by Mark Wahlberg 3:43
2. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"   Thom Bell, William Hart Jordan Knight; secondary by Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre; spoken by Danny Wood 4:24
3. "Popsicle"   Starr Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight; rap by New Kids on the Block 4:49
4. "Angel"   Starr, James Cappra Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Jordan Knight 3:32
5. "Be My Girl"   Starr Donnie Wahlberg 3:55
6. "New Kids on the Block"   Starr, Donnie Wahlberg Donnie Wahlberg 3:22
7. "Are You Down?"   A.J., Erik Nuri, Kenneth Banks, Wahlberg New Kids on the Block 5:00
8. "I Wanna Be Loved by You"   Starr New Kids on the Block 4:56
9. "Don't Give Up on Me"   Starr Donnie Wahlberg, Phaedra Butler, Jordan Knight, and Joey McIntyre 4:45
10. "Treat Me Right"   Starr Joey McIntyre 4:17

Charts and certifications[edit]



Principal performers[edit]

Studio techs.[edit]

Maurice Starr - producer and all instruments
Larkin Arnold - executive producer
Erik Nuri - executive producer
Christopher Austopchuk - art direction
Paul Arnold - engineer
Phil Greene - engineer, mixing
Caroline Greyshock - photography
Jimmy Johnson - conga
Frank Heller - engineer, mixing
Gordon Worthy - keyboards
Phaedra Butler - backing vocals and duet vocals on "Don't Give Up on Me"
Pat Costa - engineer
William Garrett - engineer
Sidney Burton - engineer, mixing
Christopher Rich - beat box


  • The group was originally named Nynuk. The name was changed to New Kids on the Block following the recording of the Donnie Wahlberg-written album track of the same name.


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