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I Want It That Way
Song

I Want It That Way

Backstreet Boys
Album:
Millennium

Song Meaning of I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys, and what it is about


"I Want It That Way" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released on April 12, 1999, as the lead single from their third studio album, Millennium.


It was written by Max Martin and Andreas Carlsson, while Martin and Kristian Lundin produced it. The pop ballad tells of a romantic relationship strained by matters of emotional or physical distance.


The song was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Song and Record of the Year.


"I Want It That Way" is the Backstreet Boys’ signature song, and commercially it reached the number-one spot in more than 25 countries, including Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, the song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight non-consecutive weeks.


"I Want It That Way" was written by Andreas Carlsson and Max Martin, while Martin and Kristian Lundin produced the track.


The acoustic-guitar arpeggio riff, which forms the song's intro and reiterates throughout the verses, was written at the very end of the recording sessions and was, according to Carlsson, inspired by "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica.


Lyrics of I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys


You are my fire

The one desire

Believe when I say

I want it that way

 

But we are two worlds apart

Can't reach to your heart

When you say

That I want it that way

 

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a heartache

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a mistake

Tell me why

I never wanna hear you say

I want it that way

 

Am I your fire

Your one desire

Yes I know it's too late

But I want it that way

 

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a heartache

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a mistake

Tell me why

I never wanna hear you say

I want it that way

 

Now I can see that we're falling apart

From the way that it used to be, yeah

No matter the distance

I want you to know

That deep down inside of me

 

You are my fire

The one desire

You are

You are, you are, you are

 

Don't wanna hear you say

Ain't nothing but a heartache

Ain't nothing but a mistake (don't wanna hear you say)

I never wanna hear you say (oh, yeah)

I want it that way

 

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a heartache

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a mistake

Tell me why

I never wanna hear you say (don't wanna hear you say)

I want it that way

 

Tell me why

Ain't nothing but a heartache

Ain't nothing but a mistake

Tell me why

I never wanna hear you say (never wanna hear you say)

I want it that way

 

'Cause I want it that way

Release Date

1999

Songwriter/s

Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin

Producer/s

Kristian Lundin, Max Martin

Label/s

Jive

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