Step by Step (New Kids on the Block album)

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Step by Step
Stepbystep album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 5, 1990 (1990-06-05)
RecordedSeptember 1, 1989 – April 30, 1990
GenrePop
Length47:44
LabelColumbia
ProducerMaurice 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
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits(8/10)[5]

Step by Step is the fourth studio album 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, marbles, 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, despite of the album having gone multi-platinum, the third and last single, "Let's Try It Again," was less successful and failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 top fifty, and the album overall received lower certifications than Hangin' Tough in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Maurice Starr, unless otherwise noted.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Step by Step"Jordan Knight4:29
2."Tonight" (Al Lancellotti/Starr)New Kids on the Block3:28
3."Baby, I Believe In You"Jordan Knight4:42
4."Call It What You Want"Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre4:12
5."Let's Try It Again"Danny Wood, Jordan Knight3:53
6."Happy Birthday" (Starr/Michael Jonzun)Jonathan Knight2:48
7."Games" (Donnie Wahlberg/Starr)Donnie Wahlberg3:29
8."Time Is on Our Side" (Lancellotti/Starr)Donnie Walhberg3:49
9."Where Do I Go from Here?"Joe McIntyre3:50
10."Stay with Me Baby"Donnie Wahlberg4:21
11."Funny Feeling"Joe McIntyre, Jordan Knight3:50
12."Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" (Danny Wood/T. Ra/Taharqa Aleem/Starr)Danny Wood5:07
Total length:47:44

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[39] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[40] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[41] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[42] Gold 50,100[42]
France (SNEP)[43] Platinum 456,900[44]*
Germany (BVMI)[45] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[46] Platinum 210,480^
Netherlands (NVPI)[47] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[48] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[49] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[50] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[51] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[53] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[54] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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