From the self-titled “red” album that was released everywhere but the U.S. to their latest, “DNA.”
It started with “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” and continues, even with solo ventures along the way.
Photo galleries from the very beginning of the Backstreet Boys up until the latest.
Find out when the Backstreet Boys, or one of the boys doing a solo event, is playing near your town.
Who are the Backstreet Boys?
The Backstreet Boys are a five-piece vocal harmony group (boy band, if you must) that was formed in Orlando, Florida on April 20, 1993. They have sold more than 130 million records around the world. As the top-selling boy band of all time, The Jackson 5 comes in second with 100 million albums sold, New Kids on the Block with 80 million sold, The Osmonds with 77 million and the Bay City Rollers with 70 million.
AJ, Howie, and Nick all knew each other from the acting circuit in Orlando all while Kevin worked at Walt Disney World. The four answered a newspaper advertisement to form a boy band by the late Lou Pearlman. The four were picked by Lou, but Kevin called his cousin Brian, who was sitting in history call, on April 20, 1993. Brian flew to Orlando the next day and the rest is history.
“There was a lot of groups that came and went, you know, while we were doing our thing. We never went anywhere. We just kept on going. Twenty years is a long fucking time for anybody, let alone a… five bunch of dorks jumping around onstage, singin’ and dancing.”
– AJ McLean
Backstreet Boys came first.
Yes, absolutely. While the Backstreet Boys were busy touring and releasing music in Europe, Lou Pearlman helped form ‘N Sync behind the Backstreet Boys’ back. Then anything the Backstreet Boys turned down, Lou would give ‘N Sync the opportunity. That happened with the 1998 Disney Special that put ‘N Sync on the map in the U.S. The Backstreet Boys were offered the special, but with Brian Littrell having open-heart surgery after the 1998 Grad Nite concerts at Walt Disney World and before their U.S. tour, they passed.
“Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”
If you are a new fan, the first thing you should do before even reading this page is to watch their documentary, “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of,” which came out in 2015. It was shot over the span of two years, including footage of the band traveling to each of their hometowns, recording for the first time with Kevin in eight years and living in London for a few weeks.
It also has a lot of old footage and the guys discuss their start in the business and along with the visits to their hometowns, you learn more about where each guy came from.
Along with recording their new album recording and writing for their new album, and the upcoming world tour, the documentary goes into detail about something most Backstreet Boys fans have noticed the past few years – Brian’s voice. He suffers from vocal cord dysphonia and dystonia, which is a neurological problem.
“From 1999 to about 2002 we were the biggest band in the world. No one thought it was going to be as big as it was, then it just stopped. And what do you do when you’re a full-grown man in a boy band?”
– Brian Littrell
There’ s a Backstreet Boys cruise?
The Backstreet Boys went on their first cruise in 2010 and have followed suit in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and their sixth cruise took place in May 2018. The boys partner with a company called Rose Tours who handles cruises for fellow boy banders, New Kids on the Block.
On the cruises you get to mingle with other fans and the boys themselves. There are game shows and other events such as karaoke, beach parties and the big highlight, the deck parties where there is usually a theme each night.
Some of the cruise themes the Backstreet Boys have used in the past are We’ve Got It Goin’ Con, Fast Times at Backstreet High, Millennium Night, Neon Night, Prom Night, 50 Shades of Grey, Casino Royale, ABC (Anything But Clothes), Halloween, Spynkter (80’s) and Bachelorette night.
- Cruise #1 – December 2010
- Cruise #2 – December 2011
- Cruise #3 – October 2013
- Cruise #4 – October 2014
- Cruise #5 – May 2016
- Cruise #6 – May 2018
Wanna go on tour?
- We Wanna Be With You Tour (1995–96)
- Backstreet Boys: Live In Concert Tour (1996–97)
- Backstreet’s Back Tour (1997–98)
- Into the Millennium Tour (1999–2000)
- Black & Blue World Tour (2001)
- Up Close & Personal Tour (2005)
- Never Gone Tour (2005–06)
- Unbreakable Tour (2008–09)
- This Is Us Tour (2009–11)
- NKOTBSB Tour (with New Kids on the Block) (2011–12)
- In a World Like This Tour (2013–15)
- Smooth Tour (with Florida Georgia Line) (2017)
- Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life (2017—19)
- DNA World Tour (2019-20)