Today marks the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Backstreet Boys. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’m still secretly obsessed with them and I’m suuuper excited about this. All five members are back and they’re performing a 20th anniversary concert in L.A. tonight, for free, where they’ll be debuting new music and showing a new clip from their upcoming documentary. (I’m crying inside because I’m on the East Coast.) On Monday, April 22, the band will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which I think is pretty fitting for the best-selling boy band of all time. On top of that, this year we’re also expected to get a new album (WITH Kevin) and a tour and I. CAN’T. WAIT.
Aside from proving how much of a huge loser I am, here’s what their 20-year celebration also means: we’re all getting old. Seriously, guys. All of the members of the Backstreet Boys are married or soon-to-be and most of them have babies! One of them is 40! When did that happen? Here are 10 other things that will help make you feel seriously old.
1. Zac Hanson is no longer just the cute little "baby" of Hanson, playing drums with his older brothers. Actually, he's 27. Meanwhile, some other boy band "babies"? Justin Timberlake, NSYNC, is 32. Drew Lachey, 98 Degrees, is 36. Joey McIntyre, New Kids on the Block, is 40.
Remember “MmmBop”? Or maybe you do but you wish you didn’t? Whatever, Hanson is back, and it’s April 2 so you know I’m not joking.
The thing is, for Hanson fans, the band never left, as they’ve been releasing albums and touring since their “MmmBop” fame.They have ten albums under their belt, eleven tours, and this year marks their 21 year anniversary. Pretty impressive.
Yesterday, the band members announced they will be releasing another record, “Anthem,” on June 18, followed by a tour, which kicks off in June. Tickets will likely be available over the next few days, so keep checking back. Until then, if “MmmBop” was the last Hanson song you heard, there’s a lot of catching up to do. Or you can check out this Taylor Swift cover they recently did, because why not?
Are today's boy bands better or worse than the boy bands of the '90s? Buzzfeed has 63 reasons why 90's boy bands like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, 98 Degrees and the like are far superior than One Direction, The Wanted, and Big Time Rush. I won't say one way or the other which way I lean, I'll just let this post about awesome singles released by '90s boy bands speak for itself.
Backstreet Boys are the best selling boy band of all time (I hope you are imagining Kanye West saying this), with 130 million records sold. I will never get tired of their choreographed dance moves or cheesy love songs because these five boys were my first loves, even though they're all old and married now. BSB released "I Want It That Way" (video at left) in 1999, and it broke the record for most radio station adds in its first week (it had 165). I actually know so much information about them I could write a book. Obscure things, too, like favorite colors. I'll leave now.