New Kids on the Block (album)

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New Kids on the Block
NKOTB debut album cover.jpg
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released April 1, 1986 (US/Canada)
1989 (International)
Recorded 1985-86
Genre Bubblegum pop
Length 42:43
Label Columbia 40475
CBS depending on country, 467504 or 465519)
Producer Maurice Starr, Erik Nuri (exec.), Larkin Arnold (exec.)
New Kids on the Block chronology
New Kids on the Block
Hangin' Tough
Singles from New Kids on the Block
  1. "Be My Girl"
    Released: March 5, 1986
  2. "Stop It Girl"
    Released: July 6, 1986
  3. "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)"
    Released: August 11, 1989

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, causing it to be released outside the United States around the same time. 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.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

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


New Kids on the Block


  • 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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