Throwback Thursday: "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
It’s guilty pleasure song edition of Throwback Thursday this week with “Everybody (Backstreet's Back)” by the Backstreet Boys. The song was originally released in 1997 and re-released as a single in the U.S. in 1998. Despite the age of “Everybody,” the song has remained a mainstay in pop culture over the years.
The music video for “Everybody” centers around a haunted house where each Backstreet Boy dreams about being transformed into a famous movie monster and includes a huge group of dancers in the house’s ballroom.
“Everybody” has to be one of the catchiest songs of the 20th century, due in large part to the simplicity of the lyrics. Whether you know the verses or not, we can all join in unison to ask questions like “am I original?” or “am I the only one?” and respond with “yeah.” The track's energy adds to its place as a great guilty pleasure song. The verses are relatively mellow but the song builds to the line “am I everything you need you better rock your body now!” At this point, the song explodes into the chorus.
Pop culture has done its best to ensure “Everybody” is not soon forgotten. For instance, the song’s inclusion at the end of the 2013 comedy film This is the End is simply hilarious.
Children of the 1990’s will always have a place in their heart for songs like “Everybody,” and that spirit may enable the song to be remembered forever.