The Hits: Chapter One [Canada Bonus Tracks]

The Hits: Chapter One [Canada Bonus Tracks]

by Backstreet BoysBackstreet Boys

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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The Backstreet Boys were the first and best of the boy bands of the great teen pop bands of the late '90s/early 2000s, even if 'N Sync eventually usurped their title of "the biggest boy band." Their reign seemed long, but it really wasn't -- only three albums before the bottom started to fall out with 2000's Black & Blue. If everything had gone right, Black & Blue would have ruled the charts for about two years, but about a year after its release, the group and their label unleashed The Hits, Chapter One, a sure sign not only that Black & Blue didn't perform to expectations, but they were worried about the shifting tastes of their audience. Instead of reviving interest in the group, the collection instead felt like it was closing the door on their period of dominance (and it initially sold that way, too, barely making a dent on the charts). Even if it is a bit of an inadvertent last will and testament, it's a hell of a summation of the group's glory days, offering definitive proof that the group wasn't just the best of their breed (boy bands, that is; thrushes like Britney, Christina, Mandy, and Jessica are not taken into account here), but that their best moments transcend their era -- and there's really no other way to describe such lovely pop tunes as "I Want It That Way," "As Long As You Love Me," and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," three songs that would have sounded perfect in any era (and their vocals would have worked in any era, too). Those are just the ballads -- the dance-pop numbers may be more tied to their era, but "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life" are infectious pop nonetheless. If the rest of the singles that fill out this 13-track collection aren't quite as good as those five songs (although "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" is), they nevertheless are well-crafted, and those aforementioned singles are among the best mainstream pop of its time -- which is not only reason enough for this collection to exist, it's reason enough for pop lovers of any age or generation to have this as part of their library. [The Canadian release cuts "One" but replaces it with "Get Down (You're the One For Me)" and "We've Got It Going On"]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC: 0012414421920
catalogNumber: 44219
Rank: 42625


  1. I Want It That Way
  2. Everybody (Backstreet's Back)
  3. As Long as You Love Me
  4. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
  5. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
  6. We've Got It Goin' On
  7. All I Have to Give
  8. Larger Than Life
  9. I Never Break Your Heart
  10. Get Down (You're the One for Me)
  11. The Call
  12. Shape of My Heart
  13. More Than That
  14. Drowning

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Backstreet Boys   Primary Artist
Full Force   Musician
Timmy Allen   Musician
Chuck Anthony   Guitar
Henrik Janson   Guitar
Max Martin   Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Veit Renn   Musician
Nick Carter   Band
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Peter Svensson   Guitar
S.N.Y.K.O.   Performing Ensemble
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Full Force   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Timmy Allen   Producer
Denniz Pop   Producer
Chris Trevett   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer,Remixing
Hakan Wollgard   Vocal Recording
Max Martin   Composer,Producer
J. Gunnarsson   Engineer
Veit Renn   Producer
Adam Barber   Engineer
Bülent Aris   Composer,Programming,Producer
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
John Amatiello   Pro-Tools
Toni Cottura   Composer,Programming,Producer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Joe Smith   Engineer,Engineering
Kristian Lundin   Producer,Engineering
Andrea M. Majied   Contributor
Susan McCall   Contributor
Rami   Producer,Engineering
Stefan Boman   Vocal Recording
Bo Reimer   Engineer

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