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Released: May 18, 1999

Rating: 3.667 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Larger Than Life
  2. I Want It That Way
  3. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
  4. It’s Gotta Be You
  5. I Need You Tonight
  6. Don’t Want You Back
  7. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
  8. The One
  9. Back to Your Heart
  10. Spanish Eyes
  11. No One Else Comes Close
  12. The Perfect Fan


sales in U.S. only 13 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2 million
sales worldwide - estimated 30 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 10
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Want It That Way (4/24/99) #1a US, #1 UK, #1 AC
  • Larger Than Life (9/18/99) #20a US, #5 UK
  • Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely (1/1/00) #2a US, #3 UK, #2 AC
  • The One (5/27/00) #30 US, #8 UK, #15 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums The World’s Best Selling Album of the Year. Click to go to awards page. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Click to go to DMDB awards page.

Backstreet Boys
“The Backstreet Boys finally broke (and broke big) in America during 1998, as if by design. They had been Euro sensations for a couple of years, but it wasn't until…1997 that they had a presence in the States, and it was no small presence, either — after selling over ten million copies” (Erlewine) of the U.S. version of Backstreet Boys, which was cobbled together from the 1996 international debut of the same name and its follow-up, Backstreet’s Back. The U.S. Backstreet Boys “remained in the Top 40 on the eve of the release of its sequel, Millennium” (Erlewine).

“And sequel is the appropriate word – Millennium has no pretense of being anything other than an album for the moment, delivering more of everything that made [the previous album] a blockbuster. There’s a familiar blend of ballads and dance-pop, a similar shiny production, a reliance on the Boys' charisma that brings to mind the debut. If Millennium were anything other than big, glossy mainstream pop, such calculation may be a little unseemly, but in this context, it can be rather fun. True, the album doesn't pack as much punch as its predecessor — there’s a number of good songs, but more filler than before, and the Backstreet sound isn’t as fresh as it was the first time around — but it does deliver what fans want: more of the same. And since there are singles as infectious as I Want It That Way and a handful of good ballads, that will be enough to satisfy anyone craving more, more, more” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: Backstreet’s Back (1998) Next Album: Black and Blue (2000)

Last updated February 4, 2009.