We've Got It Goin' On

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"We've Got It Goin' On"
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Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Backstreet Boys (int'l), Backstreet Boys (US)
B-side
  • "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming"
  • "Roll with It"
  • "Album Medley"
ReleasedSeptember 5, 1995 (1995-09-05)
FormatCD single, cassette single
RecordedJune 1995; Cheiron Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
Genre
Length3:41
LabelJive
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Denniz Pop
  • Max Martin
Backstreet Boys international singles chronology
"We've Got It Goin' On"
(1995)
"I'll Never Break Your Heart"
(1995)
Backstreet Boys US singles chronology
"We've Got It Goin' On"
(1995)
"Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)"
(1996)
Music video
"We've Got It Goin' On" on YouTube

"We've Got It Goin' On" is the debut single by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released on September 5, 1995 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album.

The song was recorded at Cheiron Studios in Sweden during a week in June 1995. It was written and produced by Max Martin and his then-mentor Denniz Pop, with extra writing from Herbert Crichlow and was later included in the US album and achieved success worldwide.

Recording[edit]

Member Nick Carter was unable to sing on the recording of the song, as his voice was changing due to puberty at the time. The remaining band members were brought over for a week to record only this song; however, they finished unexpectedly in just two days. As a result, producers Max Martin and Denniz Pop suggested another song for the band to record, "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Ranging in age from 15 to 22, this Orlando-based quintet counts acts like Boyz II Men, Shai and Jodeci among their influences. The approach though is very much their own and the music fills a void on Top 40 right now. They shouldn't have to wait long to go on playlists."[2]

Music video[edit]

The band's first music video was filmed on August 19, 1995 in Orlando, Florida was directed by Lionel C. Martin, and is prefaced by a radio interview with XL Radio introduction. The video itself features the band singing at a gym, outdoors at a park area, and in a studio space, as well as dancing onstage at a club, playing basketball, washing a Jeep, and playing at an arcade pool hall. The video features a brief appearance by Lou Pearlman. Brian Littrell's then-girlfriend Samantha Stonebraker and Samantha's brother Steven Stonebraker appear in the Jeep/Basketball scene, while AJ McLean's then girlfriend Marissa Jackson appears as the Money collector during the Pool game in the video.

Chart performances[edit]

"We've Got It Goin' On" was first released in the US but had only limited success. It peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 20 weeks charting. After that the single was released across Europe and gained additional popularity for the band there.

Track listings[edit]

  • America
CD1
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Radio Mix)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Amadin's Euro Mix)
  3. "Album Medley"
CD2
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Radio Edit)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's House Mix)
  3. "We've Got It Goin' On" (T and K Harlesden Mix)
  4. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Amadin's Club Mix)
  5. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's Club Mix)
Double 12" vinyl
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (CL's Real Butch Dub)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Marcus' Edge Factor Dub)
  3. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Mr. Lee's X-Plosive New Euro Club Mix)
  4. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's Club Mix)
  5. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Amadin's Club Mix)
  6. "We've Got It Goin' On" (CL's Anthem Radio Mix)
  7. "We've Got It Goin' On" (CL's Anthem Vocal Odyssey)
  8. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Marcus' Deadly Vocal Hotmix)
  • UK
CD1
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Radio Edit)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's House Mix)
  3. "Get Down" (Smokin' Beats Club Mix)
  4. "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming"
CD2
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Radio Edit)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's Club Mix)
  3. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Serious Rope Main Mix)
  4. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Markus' Deadly Vocal Hot Mix)
  5. "We've Got It Goin' On" (CL's Anthem Vocal Odyssey)
  6. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Markus' Edge Factor Dub)
Cassette
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Radio Edit)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's House Extended Mix)
  • Japan
  1. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Radio Edit)
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Hula's House Mix)
  3. "Get Down" (Smokin' Beats Club Mix)
  4. "Tell Me That I'm Dreaming"
  5. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit)
  6. "Roll With It"

Credits and personnel[edit]

"We've Got It Goin' On" – 3:39


"Tell Me That I'm Dreaming" – 4:46

  • Written by Louis J. Pearlman
  • Produced by Greg Smith
  • Additional vocal arrangement by Rick Jones
  • All instruments by Greg Smith
  • Mix engineered by Bob Rosa at Electric Lady Studios
  • Recording engineered by Cesar Sogbe at South Beach Studios

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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