’90s kids lose their minds as fan reveals alternate version of The Backstreet Boys’ biggest hit
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I Want It That Way is a defining song for ’90s kidsbut what if we were to tell you the song almost sounded completely different?
Before there was One Direction there was The Backstreet Boys, and it turns out their biggest hit has an alternate version that sounds entirely different to the one we all know and (secretly) love.
One TikToker revealed in a video that there is a second version of the song with alternate lyrics that supposedly make more sense.
Watch the video above.
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The beguiling earworm was written by Swedish duo Andreas Carlsson and Max Martin. Martin is known for writing a plethora of number-one songs including Britney Spears’ Oops…I Did It Again and Katy Perry’s Hot N Cold, and collaborating on Taylor Swift‘s Shake It Off.
While I Want It That Way spent 16 weeks at number one, it was originally rerecorded with different lyrics after the record company claimed Martin’s original lyrics were nonsensical.
Martin did not speak English fluently at the time and critics of the song blasted the song’s ‘odd phrasing’.
However, more recently fans and music experts alike have asserted that Martin’s unique phrasing is part of what makes his songs memorable.
In an interview with LA WeeklyBackstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson explained the seemingly nonsensical lyrics “ultimately … really doesn’t really make much sense”.
“There are a lot of songs out there like that that don’t make sense,” Richardson continues, “but make you feel good when you sing along to them, and that’s one of them.”
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Despite not making total sense, Martin’s original version was deemed to be the more catchy version.
In the alternate version, the song’s most iconic lyrics are replaced with much more mundane and forgettable phrases:
No goodbyes (ain’t nothing but a heartache)
No more lies (ain’t nothing but a mistake)
That is why
I love it when I hear you say,
“I want it that way”
The song’s iconic intro, beginning with “you are my fire, the one desire”, has also been replaced in the alternate version with “I’m yours completely, I feel so deeply”.
Luckily the band insisted on releasing Max Martin’s lyrically complex version, and the rest is history.
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