Backstreet Boys’ classic ’90s hit “I Want It That Way” is still a jam. We know it, the fans know it, and even the boys themselves know it.
Dressed in all-white and joined my Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, the famous boy band harmonized the 1999 chart topper last night on The Tonight Show, but gave the song a unique spin by adding classroom percussion instruments to the mix. Check out the performance below.
With Brian Littrell on the apple shaker and wood block, Nick Carter on the tambourine, Kevin Richardson with the güiro, AJ McLean on maraca, and Howie Dorough holding it down on the coconuts, “I Want It That Way” is given a new sound—proving that the track never goes out of style. Meanwhile, Fallon rocked several instruments during the performance, including the bass drum, Casio keyboard, and apple shaker.
BSB was also the musical guest on the episode and performed their current nostalgic single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” along with a heavily choreographed dance number that fans are surely learning all the moves to now.
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is the lead single from the Backstreet Boys upcoming tenth studio album, their first since 2013’s In A World Like This. The group celebrated their 25th anniversary earlier this May with the release of the new song. Although the superstars are now family men in their 40s, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a pop track so relevant today, it put BSB back on the charts more than two decades after their first hit.
The Backstreet Boys are currently playing a Las Vegas residency show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Their forthcoming LP is expected to drop later this fall.