Step by Step (New Kids on the Block album)

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Step by Step
Stepbystep album cover.jpg
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released June 5, 1990 (1990-06-05)
Recorded September 1, 1989 – April 30, 1990
Genre Pop
Length 47:44
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block chronology
Merry, Merry Christmas
(1989)
Step by Step
(1990)
Face the Music
(1994)
Singles from Step by Step
  1. "Step By Step"
    Released: May 10, 1990[1]
  2. "Valentine Girl"
    Released: June 18, 1990
  3. "Tonight"
    Released: July 26, 1990[1]
  4. "Let's Try It Again"
    Released: September 20, 1990[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits (8/10)[5]

Step by Step is the third studio album, and fourth album overall, by American boy band New Kids on the Block, released in June 1990 via Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

At the time of release the group was very popular and was being heavily merchandised, with everything from pillowcases, to marbles, to dolls, to a Saturday morning cartoon with their name and likeness. Step by Step went to number one on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart, with the lead-off title track single topping the charts simultaneously and selling nearly three million copies, making it their highest selling single.

Another top ten single, "Tonight", followed, as the group embarked on their most ambitious world tour to date. After having earned success with Hangin' Tough, the group took a more active role creatively on this album, co-writing and producing several of its tracks. They even started playing instruments on most of their songs.

By the end of 1990, in spite of the album having gone multi-platinum, a public backlash against the group occurred, as is evident with the third and last single, "Let's Try It Again," failing to crack the Billboard Hot 100 top fifty and the album receiving much lower certifications than Hangin' Tough in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Maurice Starr, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Step by Step"   Jordan Knight 4:29
2. "Tonight" (Al Lancellotti/Starr) New Kids on the Block 3:28
3. "Baby, I Believe In You"   Jordan Knight 4:42
4. "Call It What You Want"   Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre 4:12
5. "Let's Try It Again"   Danny Wood, Jordan Knight 3:53
6. "Happy Birthday" (Starr/Michael Jonzun) Jonathan Knight 2:48
7. "Games" (Donnie Wahlberg/Starr) Donnie Wahlberg 3:29
8. "Time Is on Our Side" (Lancellotti/Starr) Donnie Walhberg 3:49
9. "Where Do I Go from Here?"   Joe McIntyre 3:50
10. "Stay with Me Baby"   Donnie Wahlberg 4:21
11. "Funny Feeling"   Joe McIntyre, Jordan Knight 3:50
12. "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" (Danny Wood/T. Ra/Taharqa Aleem/Starr) Danny Wood 5:07
Total length:
47:44

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em by M.C. Hammer
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 30 - July 6, 1990
Succeeded by
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em by M.C. Hammer
Preceded by
The Essential Pavarotti by Luciano Pavarotti
UK number one album
June 30, 1990 – July 6, 1990
Succeeded by
The Essential Pavarotti by Luciano Pavarotti

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