The Backstreet Boys Admit 'I Want It That Way' Makes 'No Sense'


The Backstreet Boys are opening up about the not-so-deep meaning behind one of their biggest hit songs.

While appearing on Watch What Happens Live Tuesday, the boy band — consisting of members Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough — explained that their hit track, “I Want It That Way,” isn’t hiding much behind its lyrics.

During the episode, a fan called in and asked, “In your song ‘I Want It That Way,’ why do you sing ‘I never want to hear you say/I want it that way’? What way do you not want it to be?”

Host Andy Cohen agreed that the caller’s inquiry was a “good question” as he also wanted to know the answer.

“First of all the song makes no sense,” McLean admitted. “There was a completely different version of the song that actually made sense and thankfully we decided to go back to the one that didn’t make sense.”

“I don’t think it would’ve been as big as it was, had it made sense,” he said with a laugh.

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