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->''Everybody, yeah,\\
Rock your body, yeah,\\
Everybody, yeah,\\
Rock your body right,\\
Backstreet's back, alright!''
-->"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"

If you are thinking of a BoyBand, chances are the first that pops up in your head will be the Backstreet Boys. Even overshadowing Music/{{NSYNC}} in the day (which later brought real fame to Music/JustinTimberlake), they were formed in 1993, and became hugely popular after debuting in the states in the summer of 1997. The five original members were A. J. [=McLean=], Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson. Richardson left in 2006, making them a four-man group for a while, then permanently returned to the band in 2012.

Basically, Lou Pearlman was inspired by the success of Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock and decided to [[StartMyOwn start his own]] clean-cut band of boys. After plenty of legal troubles, they became first famous in Europe, and then became ''the'' BoyBand for girls to swoon over in the U.S., being a major part of [[TheNineties late-90s pop culture]]. As time went on, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys got along real well together for years and, due to that goodwill, eventually even combined into the supergroup NKOTBSB as a side project.
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Albums:
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Backstreet Boys]]'' (1996)
* ''Backstreet's Back'' (1997)
* ''Backstreet Boys'' (U.S. edition; 1997)[[note]]A compilation of songs from their first two albums, released as their American debut. Uses the cover photo of ''Backstreet's Back''.[[/note]]
* ''Millennium'' (1999)
* ''Black & Blue'' (2000)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum The Hits: Chapter One]]'' (2001)[[note]]This was their greatest hits compilation, with "Drowning" being the album's only single.[[/note]]
* ''Never Gone'' (2005)
* ''Unbreakable'' (2007)
* ''This is Us'' (2009)
* ''In a World Like This'' (2013)
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The band has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the biggest selling groups of all time. According to Billboard 200, they are the first group since {{Sade}} to have their first seven albums reach the top 10 on the chart.
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!!Tropes related to the band:

* AffectionateParody:
** The music video for "Just Want You To Know" is a parody of the 80's HairMetal scene with the band playing fans of a band called [[DoubleEntendre Sphynkter]], which [[ActingForTwo they also played.]]
** Sphynkter's opening act? [[PunnyName Tukkhis.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys:
** "If you want it to be good girl, get yourself a bad boy".
** Also, two words: AJ [=McLean=].
* AlliterativeName: '''B'''ackstreet '''B'''oys.
* BadassBeard: AJ's physical trademark, though both Kevin and Howie frequently have them as well.
* BadassLongcoat: Kevin in the video for "I Want it That Way" and "The Call".
* BandOfRelatives: Brian and Kevin are cousins. Brian was brought in on Kevin's recommendation.
* BeachEpisode: The music videos of both "Incomplete" and "Inconsolable" are mainly set on a beach.
* BigOlEyebrows: Kevin is the embodiment of this trope.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The music video for "The Call" ends with the boys facing [[WomanScorned a woman who is obviously pissed at them]] leading a bunch of people seemingly ready to beat them to death.
* BoyBand: Right above Music/{{NSYNC}}, they were ''the'' boyband of the late 90's. They are the most successful boy band of all time (although NSYNC were more successful domestically, and with social media, globalization, and possibly profitability, Music/OneDirection may surpass them).
* BreakupSong:
** "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" is a "You're cheating on/lying to me so we're done" type.
** "Shape of My Heart", "Incomplete", "I Still" and "Inconsolable" all qualify as the "Please don't go/I want you back/I wish we were still in love" type.
** "I'll Never Break Your Heart", "All I Have To Give" and "More Than That" are the "[[EntitledToHaveYou Attempting To Convince Someone To Breakup With Their Partner]]" type.
* TheCameo: They do this at the end of the 2013 movie [[spoiler: ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.]] All five of them.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: The song "How Did I Fall In Love With You" is about the realization that the singer's friend is one of these.
* CoolShades: AJ is mostly seen wearing these. In some music videos, (specifically "The Call") he's even wearing his SunglassesAtNight.
* CoolStarship: The main setting of the "Larger Than Life" music video.
* {{Crossover}}: With WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}.
* {{Cyborg}}: Nick and possibly AJ during the music video of "Larger Than Life".
* DeadPersonConversation: "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely", in a meta sense, has the boys singing to their deceased loved ones (Howie to his late sister, Kevin to his late father, AJ to his late girlfriend and all the boys to their late mentor Denniz PoP).
* DeadToBeginWith: Brian in the "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" music video.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome:
** The video for "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely", for the most part, is shot in a desaturated color scheme with [[SplashOfColor occasional splashes of red]].
** Meanwhile, "Shape of My Heart", from the album ''Black and Blue'', is shot in straight-up monochrome with a blue tint.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: "Shape of My Heart", "Incomplete", "I Still" and "Inconsolable".
* DramaticWind:
** Brian's segments in the "Larger Than Life" music video applies the RuleOfCool version of this.
** [[RuleOfDrama The drama is played straight]] in the "Incomplete" music video.
* DueToTheDead: The music video of "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely" is [[InMemoriam openly dedicated]] to both their late manager and their deceased loved ones.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first single, "We've Got It Goin' On", which features [[BoastfulRap boastful lyrics]], a funkier Parliament-esque tune and solos by Brian and AJ only, is jarringly different from any of the Boys' subsequent singles. The music video also tries to paint AJ as the FaceOfTheBand, a move that didn't exactly work, and had Brian calling himself "The B-Rockster". Also notable is that the then-15-year-old Nick isn't even on the record, as he was going through puberty and his voice had just dropped.
* EntitledToHaveYou: "I'll Never Break Your Heart", "All I Have To Give" and "More Than That".
* ExtyYearsFromNow: The music video for "Larger Than Life" is set at New Year's Eve 2999, a full [[IncrediblyLamePun millennium]] from around the time the single was released.
* FanFlattering: "Larger Than Life", "Everyone", and "Bigger". The last one is notable for being dedicated to the fans that stuck with them even after their popularity began to wane.
* FriendlyRivalry: With Music/{{NSYNC}}. See the trivia page for more details. It's their ''fans'' that hate each other.
* GoodParents: The guys have a tune called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCo9v5sCaRQ&feature=kp "The Perfect Fan"]], written by Brian to his mother. The lyrics "You showed me how to care / And you showed me that you would always be there" pretty much give the gist of the whole thing.
* GriefSong:
** "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely". It was supposedly dedicated to Dorough's dead older sister, and the video shows images and references to her and other lost loved ones of the band members, including Kevin's father, a girlfriend of AJ's who was killed by a drunk driver, and former producer Denniz [=PoP=], who passed away in 1998.
** Also, the title track to 2005's ''Never Gone''.
* HollywoodAccounting: The boys nearly filed for bankruptcy in 1998 after being in debt from their label. Part of the reason they (and their Friendly Rival *NSYNC) split from Lou Pearlman was because of shady accounting and management.
* HumanPopsicle: The music video for "Larger Than Life" begins with the group being unfrozen at [[ExtyYearsFromNow New Year's Eve 2999]].
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: The twist to the plot of the "Straight Through My Heart" video.
* HyperlinkStory: The music video for "The Call" features the boys in separate scenes and its plot moves to gradually pull them all together, with the very last scene/shot is showing all five of them finally together (though Nick and Howie came really close in crossing paths, with the former meeting the impostor of the latter)
* InsistentTerminology: They are ''not'' a boy band, they are a ''vocal harmony group''. Many fans will argue for their labeling as a 'pop group' or 'adult contemporary group' after the turn of the century, when they shifted their sound somewhat.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Get Down (You're the One For Me)" and the aforementioned "If You Want It to Be Good Girl (Get Yourself a Bad Boy)".
* LatinLover: The appropriately named "Spanish Eyes".
* LongRunnerLineup: Type 3.
* ManInWhite: The boys in the cover of "Millennium" and more famously during the dancing sequence of "I Want It That Way". They were also this during their aforementioned cameo (see above).
* ManlyTears: AJ in the music video for "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely".
* {{Meido}}: : A number of them in the "Bigger" music video, with it being shot on a CosplayCafe in Japan and all.
* MonsterMash: In the "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" video. And thanks to that, the song became a popular choice to play at Halloween parties. The monsters in question are Literature/{{Dracula}} (Howie), a Mummy (Nick), a Werewolf (Brian), Literature/DrJekyllAndMrHyde (Kevin), and [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera the Phantom]] (AJ).
* NiceHat: AJ is mostly seen wearing fedoras or skull caps.
* NinetiesHair: Nick (in)famously sported a bowl cut at the start of the group's career. He recently revealed, during a concert in Brazil, that he wanted to grow out his hair to look like [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]], but thinks he ended up looking like a lesbian instead, which he sees as the reason why he wound up as the most popular among the fanbase.
* OnlyKnownByInitials: AJ, whose full name is Alexander James [=McLean=].
* PerkyGoth: AJ's look has become more goth-inspired over the years. It can sometimes be a bit jarring to see him (with his sleeve tattoos, black nail polish, black eye shadow and sometimes colorful hair) cheerfully singing and dancing to songs like "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life", or crooning ballads like "I Want It That Way".
* PerpetualFrowner: While they are capable of being light-hearted and fun, such as the above page image, their video for "Just Want You To Know", [[spoiler:and their DancePartyEnding cameo in ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd'']], the general perception of them is that they're quite stoic and serious, in contrast to their chart rivals NSYNC, who were seen as FunPersonified.
* PowerWalk: The boys are fond of doing this in their music videos.
* PutOnABus / TheBusCameBack: Kevin, who left the band in 2006 in order to focus on living a more normal life with his family. That didn't necessarily stop him from occasionally appearing as a guest from time to time, until he officially came back in 2012 -- and with the band's 20th anniversary right around the corner, too.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: All the women that appeared in "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" have pale skin and jet-black hair. It works really well to the video's DeliberatelyMonochrome.
* RescueRomance: In the music video for "Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely", Nick and his estranged lover get back together after he rescues her from being ran over by a bus (as a homage to a fan who died being run over by a bus on a way to one of the Boys' concerts).
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The video for "The Call", where the band members are being stalked and offed one-by-one by a woman who appears to be the incarnation of guilt. During the chase, Kevin passes through a room that has the words "CHEAT", "LIAR", "TRAITOR", etc. written all over the walls and ceiling.
* SceneryPorn: Most of their music videos highlight the place where it was shot at.
* SesameStreetCred: Re-recorded one of the TropeNamer's hit songs, along with Elmo. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lstGgcxHvk See here]].
** WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}: Appeared in the special "Arthur, It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", which featured a ShotForShotRemake of "I Want It That Way", complete with Muffy as the sad fangirl waving goodbye to the Boys at the end.
* SelfDeprecation: Nick (and Jordan Knight of Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock) re-enact some of their old [[http://buzzfeedrewind.tumblr.com/post/84438917703/nick-carter-and-jordan-knight-reenact-their photoshoots.]]
* SexySoakedShirt:
** The infamous "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" music video.
** While "Drowning" has an alternate music video that also features the Boys in the rain, it's more PlayedForDrama than the {{Fanservice}} of "Quit Playing Games".
** The music video of "Straight Through My Heart", which is set in a nightclub, has the sprinkles pouring the {{Fanservice Extra}}s.
** Recently, during his (yet to be aired) guest appearance on Brazilian television show ''Legendários'', [[https://twitter.com/anacarla82/status/752955455668912128 Nick reenacted the "Quit Playing Games" example]] alongside host Marcos Mion. Unsurprisingly, the women in the audience went wild.
* SharpDressedMan: The boys in the cover of "In A World Like This".
* ShowWithinAShow:
** The music videos of both "We've Got It Goin' On" and "Straight Through My Heart" show the boys performing in gigs.
** The music video of "Shape of My Heart" shows the boys rehearsing for a stage play.
** The music video of "The One" is a ClipShow of their different concerts.
* SillyLoveSongs: Their signature style.
* SingerNamedrop: "'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Back... street's... back]], ALL RIGHT!'''"
** Before that, there was "We've Got It Goin' On".
-->Jam on 'cause Backstreet's got it
-->Come on now everybody
-->We've got it goin' on for years
* SnowMeansDeath: It's snowing in the music video of "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" during the opening segment showing Bryan is DeadToBeginWith.
* SpaceOpera: The music video for "Larger Than Life".
* SpontaneousChoreography: Just pick any of their music videos with dance moves. Go ahead.
* TalkyBookends: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" starts with the boys having to stay the night at a haunted house after their bus breaks down. The musical portion of the video is actually AllJustADream, after which the boys wake up and decide to leave, but are scared by the sight of their bus driver as Frankenstein's monster.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Kevin's appeal. He's the tallest of the boys standing 6'1 (merely one inch taller than Nick), has dark hair and considered the group's {{Hunk}}.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: AJ and Nick are the Performers, Brian, Howie, and Kevin were the Technicians.
** The band are also the Technician (solid and rarely strayed from their Adult Contemporary style) to *NSYNC's Performer (elaborate performances and preference for experimenting with new styles).
* TheMovie: In 2015, their documentary ''Show 'Em What You're Made Of'' was released, chronicling the 20+ years they've spent together as a band since 1993 as well as the development process of the ''In a World Like This'' album.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: More like 1 Minute and 47 Seconds, but "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" could definitely be considered one of the few male examples of the trope. It starts with the boys sitting around on an abandoned basketball court, but after the second chorus comes a sudden downpour, and they all go from just singing to singing while writhing around in [[SexySoakedShirt wet button-down shirts]]. Brian and Nick are the only ones not to have theirs open, while Howie is pretty much shirtless by the end of the video. As commented by Kevin in ''Show 'Em What You're Made Of'', it made them look "like a bunch of beefcakes".
* TruckDriversGearChange: Repeat offenders starting with ''Millennium''.
* VisualPun: The music video of "Shape of My Heart", which is part of their ''Black & Blue'' album, is set in blue sepia.
* YourCheatingHeart: The subject of the song "The Call". The narrator has just cheated on his girlfriend with a girl he's just met in a club.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Variant 1 ("You remind me of myself") is present in "Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)".
-->You find the truth in a child's eyes
-->When the only limit is the sky
-->Living proof I see myself in you
* WholePlotReference: The music video of "Straight Through My Heart" is to the ''Film/BladeTrilogy''.
* WomanScorned: The music video of "The Call" shows the group being stalked by a woman. Whether or not she's a StalkerWithACrush is never revealed.
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