The Essential Backstreet Boys

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The Essential Backstreet Boys
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Released September 26, 2013 (2013-09-26)
Recorded 1994–2009
Backstreet Boys chronology
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The Essential Backstreet Boys
The Box Set Series Backstreet Boys

The Essential Backstreet Boys is the third compilation album by American pop group Backstreet Boys, released by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings as part of their Essential series. It was released on September 26, 2013 in the United Kingdom, and on October 22, 2013 in the United States. The album includes songs from the group's first seven studio albums, Backstreet Boys (1996), Backstreet's Back (1997), Millennium (1999), Black & Blue (2000), Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007), and This Is Us (2009). It also includes the song "If You Stay" recorded for the 1997 film Booty Call, and "Drowning" from their first greatest hits compilation, The Hits – Chapter One (2001).

Critical reception

AllMusic gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, writing that "Essential Backstreet Boys traces this evolution, filling in a few more details of those early hit-making years, which makes this worthwhile for the dedicated fan, but many listeners may find either The Hits, or the variety of budget-line collections released since, to be a better bet as they contain the hits and nothing but."[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing

Disc 1
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (extended version) Backstreet's Back/Backstreet Boys (1997 album) 4:46
2. "As Long as You Love Me" Backstreet's Back 3:32
3. "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" Backstreet Boys 3:53
4. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" Backstreet Boys 4:47
5. "We've Got It Goin' On" (radio edit) Backstreet Boys 3:40
6. "All I Have to Give" Backstreet's Back 4:35
7. "The Call" Black & Blue 3:24
8. "I Want It That Way" Millennium 3:34
9. "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" Millennium 3:55
10. "Get Down (You're the One for Me)" (LP edit) Backstreet Boys (1997 album) 3:51
11. "If You Stay" Booty Call (soundtrack) 4:17
12. "The One" Millennium 3:46
13. "Shape of My Heart" Black & Blue 3:51
14. "More than That" Black & Blue 3:44
15. "Larger than Life" Millennium 3:52
Disc 2
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Anywhere for You" Backstreet Boys (1997 album) 4:40
2. "Just Want You to Know" Never Gone 3:52
3. "Drowning" The Hits: Chapter One 4:28
4. "Incomplete" Never Gone 3:59
5. "Weird World" Never Gone 4:12
6. "Lose It All" Never Gone 4:05
7. "Inconsolable" Unbreakable 3:38
8. "Helpless When She Smiles" (radio version) Unbreakable 4:05
9. "One in a Million" Unbreakable 3:32
10. "Crawling Back to You" Never Gone 3:44
11. "I Still..." Never Gone 3:49
12. "Straight Through My Heart" This Is Us 3:28
13. "Bigger" This Is Us 3:17
14. "Bye Bye Love" This Is Us 4:20


Chart (2013) Peak
South Korea (Gaon Charts)[3] 11

Release history

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom[4] September 26, 2013 CD, digital download
United States[5][6] October 22, 2013
Japan[7] Sony Music Japan
Canada Sony Music Entertainment
Taiwan[8] October 25, 2013
Germany[9] January 3, 2014


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2013-08-20). "The Essential Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  2. ^ "The Essential Backstreet Boys - Backstreet Boys | Releases". AllMusic. 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. ^ "GAON ALBUM CHART | gaon music chart". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ "The Essential Backstreet Boys: Music". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  5. ^ "The Essential Backstreet Boys: Music". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  6. ^ "Life Changing Music, Latest News, New Releases". Legacy Recordings. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  7. ^ " Essential Backstreet Boys: 音楽". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  8. ^ "G-Music 商品基本資料". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  9. ^ "The Essential Backstreet Boys: Musik". Retrieved 2014-02-07.
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