Backstreet Boys Admit “I Want It That Way” Makes Absolutely No Sense

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The Backstreet Boys are undoubtedly one of the most popular boy bands in music history. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have a string of hits that have become anthems for generations of fans. However, even though their songs have been hits, the lyrics of some of their songs have been a subject of confusion and debate among fans. The group’s hit song “I Want It That Way” is a perfect example of a song with lyrics that don’t make much sense.

The song, which was released in 1999, was an instant hit. It topped the charts in 25 countries and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Record and Song of the Year. Despite its success, fans have always been baffled by the lyrics, especially the lines “I never want to hear you say / I want it that way.”

During an interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the Backstreet Boys addressed the confusion around the lyrics. When a fan asked them about the meaning of the song, AJ McLean admitted that the song makes no sense. He revealed that there was a different version of the song that made sense, but the group decided to go with the one that didn’t.

The Backstreet Boys’ admission that “I Want It That Way” is a lyrical mess came as a surprise to fans who had been trying to decode the song’s meaning for years. The revelation sparked a renewed interest in the song, and social media was flooded with memes and jokes about the song’s nonsensical lyrics.

Despite the confusion around the song’s lyrics, “I Want It That Way” remains one of the Backstreet Boys’ most popular songs. The song’s catchy melody and infectious chorus have made it a staple of ’90s pop culture and a karaoke favorite. The song’s legacy has been cemented by its presence in movies, TV shows, and commercials, which have kept the song alive for future generations of fans.

Interestingly, “I Want It That Way” was not universally loved when it was first released. While the song was a hit in the US and Europe, it was banned in China for being “too subversive.” In 2011, China’s Ministry of Culture released a list of 100 songs that were to be “removed from the internet.” The list included “I Want It That Way,” which was deemed to be a threat to national security.

The Backstreet Boys were not the only ones to have their songs banned in China. The list also included songs by Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and the entire genre of hip hop. The Chinese government’s crackdown on “vulgar” content has been a subject of controversy, with many critics accusing the government of censorship and limiting freedom of expression.

Despite the song’s ban in China, “I Want It That Way” continues to be a beloved song that has stood the test of time. The song’s popularity is a testament to the Backstreet Boys’ talent as performers and songwriters. While the lyrics may not make sense, the song’s message of love and longing is universal, and it speaks to fans of all ages and backgrounds.

One Response

  1. Lefty

    I makes no cents, but it did make millions of dollars. Who cares? Lots of songs (I’m talking to you, Duran Duran) make no sense.