If you are thinking of a BoyBand, chances are the first that pops up in your head will be the BackstreetBoys. Even overshadowing Music/{{NSYNC}} in the day (which later brought real fame to 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. Richardson permanently returned to the band in 2012.

Basically, Lou Pearlman was inspired by the success of 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.
* ''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.[[/note]]
* ''Millennium'' (1999)
* ''Black & Blue'' (2000)
* ''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)
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.
!!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=].
* BandOfRelatives: Brian and Kevin are cousins. Brian was brought in on Kevin's recommendation.
* BigOlEyebrows: Kevin is the embodiment of this trope.
* BadassLongcoat: Kevin in the video for "I Want it That Way" and "The Call".
* 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).
* TheCameo: They do this at the end of the 2013 movie [[spoiler: ''Film/ThisIsTheEnd''.]] All five of them.
* {{Crossover}}: With WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: The song "How Did I Fall In Love With You" is about the realization that the singer's friend is one of these.
* FanFlattering: "Larger Than Life", "Everyone", and "Bigger".
* 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"]]. The lyrics of "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 of 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''.
* [[spoiler: HunterOfHisOwnKind]]: The twist to the plot of the "Straight Through My Heart" video.
* 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.
* LongRunnerLineup: Type 3.
* 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 seem to be {{Dracula}}, a Mummy, a Werewolf, Literature/DrJekyllAndMrHyde, and [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera the Phantom]].
* OnlyKnownByInitials: AJ, whose full name is Alexander James [=McLean=].
* PerpetualFrowner: While they are capable of being light hearted and fun, such as the above page image, their video for "I 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.
* PutOnABus / TheBusCameBack: Kevin, who left the band in 2006 (not out of animosity at all) and took a break -- but, that didn't necessarily stop him from occasionally appearing as a guest from time to time. He then officially came back in 2012.
* 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, one of the boys passes through a room that has the words "CHEAT", "LIAR", "TRAITOR", etc. written all over the walls and ceiling.
* 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 "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll".
* SexySoakedShirt: "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" is an example. Starts with all five members sitting around on an abandoned basketball court, and then comes a sudden downpour, and they all go from singing to writhing around in wet button-down shirts.
* SelfDeprecation: Nick (and Jordan Knight) re-enact some of their old [[http://buzzfeedrewind.tumblr.com/post/84438917703/nick-carter-and-jordan-knight-reenact-their photoshoots.]]
* SillyLoveSongs: Their signature style.
* SingerNamedrop: "'''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Back... street's... back]], ALL RIGHT!'''"
** Before that, there was "We've Got It Goin' On".
-->Jam on cuz Backstreet's got it
-->Come on now everybody
-->We've got it goin' on for years
* 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, chroncling the 20+ years they've spent together as a band since 1993
* TruckDriversGearChange: Repeat offenders starting with ''Millennium''.
* 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.