Backstreet Boys cover

Larger Than Life

The Backstreet Boys

First, I have to ask Mary what the heck she was DOING in the 90s.  She sent me a lovely email, asking me to write up this post since, and I quote, “Honestly I can’t remember any of the hits. I do think that guy with the glasses is goofy looking (even for the 90s)…”


They were only one of the most popular boy bands OF ALL TIME.  The Wikipedia article sites Billboard magazine, saying “According to Billboard, they are the first group since Sade to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200.”  You really can’t remember even one song?  Larger Than Life, I Want it That Way, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)… they were all ridiculously popular.  I wasn’t a huge boy band fan or even pop music fan in the 90s (grunge and metal were more my thing), but you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a Backstreet Boys poster, lunchbox, or t-shirt.  After 98 Degrees, I’d say they were the next-best boy band (personal opinion…)

Someone, please! Give Mary a lesson on 90s pop culture!