Tuesday, January 1

12 Days of Karaoke 2012 Day 12: "I Want It That Way" by The Backstreet Boys



This borders dangerously close to being on overplay level, but it's just such a masterfully crafted song that we can overlook it. "I Want It That Way" is probably one of the most well known tunes of the 90s, and is the quintessential boy band jam. Whether folks are singing along to the "you are" that gradually gets higher pitched, or Weird Al is making a parody, people know the song, and they get excited when it comes on. 

When I was KJing, I tended to get sick of songs that people always picked. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (which I already hate anyway), "Don't Stop Believin'," "Livin' on a Prayer," etc. etc. all became grating and irritating. But "I Want It That Way" never did. As far as I can tell, no one ever figured out exactly what "it" is, or even "that way" that the boys want it. But it doesn't matter--with an infectious hook, everything will be okay.


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