Backstreet Boys is the self-titled international debut album from the pop group Backstreet Boys. The album was released around EuropeAsia,Canada and in a few other markets. It was a success, becoming one of the biggest debut albums ever and contains a number of the band's most memorable singles. All of those singles were later released on the second self-titled debut in the United States in 1997, which compiled songs from this album, and the band's second international release, Backstreet's Back. The release date for the disc is somewhat disputed, with some sources listing 1995, and some listing 1996. Some confusion might be due to the release of the different versions of the disc in different markets. Official charts for European countries including Germany,[1][2] Switzerland[3] and Austria,[4] however, all give a release date of May 6, 1996, and data where available shows the album first appearing on various European charts within a couple of weeks of that date.


 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "We've Got It Goin' On"   Denniz PoPMax MartinHerbie Crichlow Denniz PoP, Martin 3:41
2. "Anywhere for You"   Gary Baker, Wayne Perry Veit Renn 4:42
3. "Get Down (You're the One for Me)"   Bülent Aris, Toni Cottura Aris, Cottura 3:52
4. "I'll Never Break Your Heart"   Albert Manno, Eugene Wilde Timmy Allen, Renn 4:48
5. "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)"   Martin, Crichlow Martin, Kristian Lundin 3:53
6. "Boys Will Be Boys"   Jolyon Skinner, Renn Renn, Mr. Lee[a] 4:05
7. "Just to Be Close to You"   Tim Grant, Michael Gray Allen, Mookie[b] 4:49
8. "I Wanna Be with You"   Denniz PoP, Martin Denniz PoP, Martin 4:05
9. "Every Time I Close My Eyes"   Eric Foster White Allen, Kay Fingers 3:55
10. "Darlin'"   Allen, Nneka Morton Allen 5:32
11. "Let's Have a Party"   Mookie, Dave McPherson, Jeff Sledge, Kenyatta Galbreth, C.J. Trevett,Kenneth GambleLeon Huff Mookie, Allen[b] 3.50
12. "Roll With It"   Skinner, Renn Renn, Mr. Lee[a], Mad Mike[a] 4:41
13. "Nobody but You"   Denniz PoP, Martin, Crichlow Denniz PoP, Martin 3:03
Sample credits
  • ^[a] signifies remix and additional production
  • ^[b] signifies co-production

Release history[edit]Edit

Country Release date
Europe May 6, 1996
Canada September 2, 1996
UK October 1, 1996


Chart (1996) Peak


Australian Albums Chart[10] 6
Austrian Albums Chart[10] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[10] 6
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[10] 8
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[11] 1
Danish Albums Chart[12] 4
Dutch Albums Chart[10] 7
European Albums Chart[13] 7
Finnish Albums Chart[10] 5
German Albums Chart[14] 1
Hungarian Albums Chart[15] 1
Italian Albums Chart[16] 10
Japanese Albums Chart[17] 54
Malaysian Albums Chart[18] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[10] 15
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 19
Portugal Albums Chart[19] 2
Spanish Albums Chart[20] 2
Swedish Albums Chart[10] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[10] 1
Taiwanese Albums Chart[21] 1
UK Albums Chart[22] 12


Country Providers Certification Sales or


Argentina CAPIF 3× Platinum[23] 180,000+
Australia ARIA Platinum[24] 70,000+
Austria IFPI 3×Platinum[25] 150,000+
Belgium IFPI Platinum[26] 50,000+
Brazil ABPD Platinum[27] 250,000+
Canada Music Canada Diamond[28] 1,000,000+
Finland IFPI Gold[29] 21,930+
France SNEP Gold[30] 100,000+
Germany BVMI Platinum[31] 500,000+
Hong Kong IFPI Platinum[32] 20,000+
Mexico AMPF Gold[33] 100,000+
Poland ZPAV Platinum[34] 100,000+
Spain PROMUSICAE 4× Platinum[35] 400,000+
Sweden IFPI Platinum[36] 100,000+
Switzerland IFPI 3× Platinum[37] 150,000+
United Kingdom BPI Gold[38] 100,000+


The track "Boys Will Be Boys" was featured in the 1996 films The Nutty Professor and Kazaam starring Shaquille O'Neal, the soundtrack of which the song is also included on. The track "I Wanna Be with You" was featured in the movie Casper: A Spirited Beginning.

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