YMMV: Backstreet Boys

  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • Play "I Want It That Way" at any karaoke bar or party and see what happens. Or... play "Drowning" when you're alone and watch the same affect except solitary.
    • "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)".
  • 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.
  • Deader Than Disco: Even jokes about how out of style they are is out of style. Eventually gave way to...
    • Popularity Polynomial: People are no longer ashamed to admit they like them now, and they still regularly tour arenas
  • Face of the Band: Most people just remember Nick Carter, but may also recognize "the one with the Big Ol' Eyebrows" (Kevin), and "the one with the tattoos" (AJ), if hard pressed.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The *NSYNC vs. Backstreet Boys wars back in The '90s were vicious. Oddly enough, the two groups are friends and have a Friendly Rivalry.
    • A prime example? Tiffany, the diehard Backstreet fan who threatened Carson Daly after she lost a trivia game to a *NSYNC fan.
    • It turns out that 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Insanely popular in Vietnam, even after all those years.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Letterboys for the RPS ship of AJ/JC Chasez, due to the fact that both went by their initials.
  • Memetic Mutation: EVERYBOOOOOOOOOOOOODAYUHHHHH. ROCK YO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOODAYUH.
    • Am I sexual?
    • If you're not convinced, look at all the Miku Miku Dance videos featuring that song.
  • 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 "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 Disappeared Dad, and their ex-producer).
    • 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.