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The Backstreet Boys take the acoustic of ‘I Want it That Way’ for

Like fine wine, a millennial’s affection for the Backstreet Boys has aged very well.

In 1999, we tweens exhausted our Discmans as they spun the band’s pivotal third album “Millennium” – featuring seminal track and karaoke mainstay “I Want It That Way” and epic song-appreciation anthem. “Larger Than Life” fans on loop.

Barely a year later, we all laughed when Blink-182 parodied the song’s iconic video in their own video for “All The Small Things,” featuring the men in open shirts and gesturing towards the camera. in an airplane hangar. Then we quickly moved on to genres with a bit more suburban street cred – hip-hop, pop-punk, metal, indie and, yes, even emo.

But I’d like to think that the majority of us had a little Backstreet Boys-sized hole in our hearts as the band coalesced over the past 20 years – that’s why so many late youngsters twenties to thirties go ga-ga the song “I Want It That Way” again: this time, a “re-imagined” acoustic version.

The Backstreet Boys in 2019Getty Images

And the hearts of the adults are agitated. Some say it’s almost like the first time.

“I really feel like I’m 14 listening to #IWantItThatWay on repeat on my CD player. It was such a big surprise,” writes @davitajermone.

“It brought tears to my eyes listening for the first time. Brought me back to being up there and listening to the original for the first time. I have the same giddy feeling. ❤️,” add @aprilrenae.

some fans (this reporter included) are still waiting to see the remix with Chance the Rapper, inspired by a 2019 Doritos commercial featuring the song: “Is this bad, I was hoping this was the @chancetherapper version of the Doritos commercials ? 🤭😂”, wrote a wishful thinking.

Nostalgia aside, the re-release of this song and the group’s rejuvenated fanbase comes with a tough pill for us millennials who are fast approaching middle age to swallow.

In a buzzkill reaction to the new track, says @castroken, “20 years old wow I feel so old.”