Can the Backstreet Boys be back if they were never gone in the first place? These are the kind of existential questions you find yourself asking at 12:37 a.m., when The Late Late Show with James Corden is on and your second favorite boy band (#TeamNSYNC) from 15 years ago is performing one of their many hits. BSB reached the peak of their popularity in 1999 and 2000, with the one-two multi-platinum punch of Millennium (40 million sold) and Black & Blue (24 million), but the Orlando quintet has released four albums since.
And next year, they’ll hit Las Vegas for a “Larger Than Life” residency.
To hype the show, BSB dropped by The Late Late Show to perform “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” the fourth single from their self-titled U.S. debut that peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. (The top three the week of May 9, 1998: “Too Close” by Next, “My All” by Mariah Carey,” and “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain. What a time to be alive.) Corden joined A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell after complaining about the lack of “proper boy bands.” He has no interest in seeing five dudes “stand onstage wearing skinny jeans and Vans sneakers” — he wants “matching outfits, synchronized dancing, and way over-budget music videos,” and for everyone to live in “some weird mansion in Orlando.”
Good thing Backstreet’s… well, you know the rest.