YMMV / Backstreet Boys

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" is primarily remembered for the music video featuring the boys in Sexy Soaked Shirts, which doesn't occur until two minutes and fifteen seconds into the video.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Play "I Want It That Way" at any karaoke bar or party and see what happens.
    • "The Call" is one incredible song! With a really great video to match as well.
    • As proven by the Fluffy Cloud Heaven Dance Party Ending of This Is the End, this list wouldn't be complete without "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".
    • "Larger Than Life" is also nothing short of epic. It doesn't just thank the fans for their support; it empowers them, and it definitely shows.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The "Just Want You to Know" video. the Boys as 80's hair metal fans and then as the hair metal band and it's hilarious.
  • Face of the Band: Most people just remember Nick Carter, but may also recognize "the one with the big eyebrows" (Kevin), and "the one with the tattoos" (AJ), if hard pressed.
  • Ear Worm: Any and all of their songs, especially "I Want It That Way" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". It's no surprise it were their songs that made Max Martin the pop music juggernaut he is nowadays.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Although the Boys did feel betrayed when they first learned of *NSYNC, the two groups eventually formed a Friendly Rivalry and are friends off stage. That did not stop the vicious fandom wars back in The '90s, especially when it came to Total Request Live. A prime example of this is Tiffany, a diehard Backstreet fan who threatened Carson Daly after she lost a trivia game to a *NSYNC fan.
    • The fandom rivalry still goes on to this day... not helped by the fact that Joey Fatone once made a joke at Backstreet's expense that the fanbase did not take too kindly.
    • Buzzfeed held a user-ranked poll for the 25 greatest boy bands of all time, in which *NSYNC was voted the winner, with Backstreet at #2. Cue the accusations of cheating.
    • Then again, both fandoms put aside their differences to glare enraged daggers at everyone when both BSB and *NSYNC were knocked out of MTV's Boy Band Battle in the first stage.
    ONTD comment: in what world does westlife and one direction beat nsync and bsb.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Insanely popular in Japan (as seen in the video for "Bigger") and Vietnam, even after all those years.
    • In fact, this very trope is part of the reason they became such a phenomenon. At the time they released their first album, they weren't exactly well-received in the US, but turned out to be huge in the UK and Europe, where their kind of pop music was considered more mainstream (the fact that they really sang live while every other local act used playback helped a lot). It wasn't until acts like the Spice Girls and Hanson became popular in America that the Boys began sweeping the nation for real.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Frick & Frack for the Brian and Nick friendship, as well as Letterboys for the RPS ship of AJ/JC Chasez, due to the fact that both went by their initials.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" has become a Fountain of Memes of sorts. If you're not convinced, look at all the Miku Miku Dance videos featuring that song.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The music video for "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". Sure, it is based around a haunted house and monsters, but the video is so over-the-top and the song is so simultaneously awesome and catchy that it's pretty hard for the viewers to be legitimately scared.
  • Popularity Polynomial: While there was a time where they were considered Deader Than Disco, nowadays people are no longer ashamed to admit they like them, and they still regularly tour arenas. Even jokes about how out of style they are have become out of style.
  • Retroactive Recognition: One of the female judges in the "As Long As You Love Me" music video is played by Marisa Ramirez, who would later become Detective Maria Baez on Blue Bloods.
  • Signature Song: They've had so many well-known hits under their belt that it's hard to call which would be the signature song for the group. "I Want It That Way", "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", and, in some circles, "Larger Than Life" are the leading contenders.
  • Tear Jerker: "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely". Even worse when you recall that it's inspired on Howie D's dead sister, and then other loved lost ones were added (AJ's ex-girlfriend, Kevin's deceased father, and their ex-producer Denniz Pop).
    • Play "Shape Of My Heart" in a room full of 90's kids and watch the tears flow.
  • The Woobie: You really have to feel for Nick, who came from a Big Screwed-Up Family with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and Abusive Parents. His reality show, House of Carters, is considered by most of the fandom to be very difficult to watch due to the erratic behavior of his siblings. His sister Leslie passed away in 2012 from a drug overdose and Nick released a memoir about growing up in a difficult family.