Backstreet Boys is the second self-titled album by the dance-pop group the Backstreet Boys. The first was their 1996 Backstreet Boys, which was not released in the United States. This second self-titled album was released in 1997 and was their debut album in the country. The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts and has been certified 14x Platinum (Diamond) by RIAA for sales to retailers. This was also reported as the second highest seller in the past 14 years for Music Club sales back in 2003, selling 1.72 million units. Together with the international release Backstreet's Back, this sold 28 million worldwide.
This album is a collection of tracks from Backstreet Boys' first and second international albums, 1996 Backstreet Boys and Backstreet's Back respectively. The album was released in 1997 to coincide with Backstreet's Back. Also both albums share basically the same cover, only with slight differences.
There were two editions of this album available. The original release had eleven songs and was missing the song Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
. Presumably this may have been due to the message of the song, indicated in the title of the song, which correlates with the title of the international album (Backstreet's Back), which would not necessarly make sense in the context of an American debut. The decision to make it a single may have contributed to the second edition of the album, which contained an extended version of the song. The original edition had maroon spines and border around the tracklist on the back of the album, and had a blue background on the left of the cover where the "enhanced CD" logo is. The second pressing has teal spines and tracklist border, and a straw coloured background behind the "enhanced CD" logo.
Besides the extended version of "Everybody", there were a few other differences between the US album and international albums. The second verse of Quit Playing Games, originally sung by Brian Littrell like the first verse, was rerecorded to capitalize on Nick Carter's popularity before the song was released as a single. Supposedly due to an error on the part of someone in the production chain, the wrong version of "As Long As You Love Me" was included on the American album, but not on Backstreet's Back. This supposedly annoyed writer and producer Max Martin. This version subsequently became the version released as a single to radio and video. It has noticeably different instrumentation and mixing - especially prominent in the song's intro. It also has a slightly different arrangement.
The album was an enhanced CD, containing multimedia files that can be accessed by putting the disc into a CD-ROM drive.
- "We've Got It Goin' On" (Denniz PoP, Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow) 3:39
- "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" (Max Martin, Herbert Crichlow) 3:52
- "As Long As You Love Me" (Max Martin) 3:40
- "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (Extended Version) (Denniz PoP, Max Martin) 4:38
- "All I Have to Give" (Full Force) 4:36
- "Anywhere for You" (Baker, Perry) 4:40
- "Hey Mr. DJ (Keep Playin This Song)" (Allen, Campbell, Skinner) 4:42
- "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Manno, Wilde) 4:48
- "Darlin'" (Allen, Mortonur Heart) 5:31
- "Get Down (You're the One for Me)" (Aris, Cottura) 3:50
- "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" (Cordes, Kemp) 3:30
- "If You Want to Be a Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)" (R.J. Lange) 4:49
- 1997 — "We've Got It Goin' On"
- 1997 — "Get Down (You're the One for Me)"
- 1997 — "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" #2 (Billboard Hot 100)
- 1997 — "As Long As You Love Me" #4 (Billboard Hot 100 Airplay)
- 1998 — "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" #4 (Billboard Hot 100)
- 1998 — "I'll Never Break Your Heart" #4 (Billboard Hot 100 Airplay)
- 1999 — "All I Have to Give" #5 (Billboard Hot 100)
- Backstreet Boys has received the Diamond Award from the RIAA for sales of more than 10 million copies.