Last updated on October 5th, 2017
Every generation has their teen idols, and in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the Backstreet Boys were arguably the biggest. They stood at the top of a crowded boy band mountain, and churned out hit after hit. At their peak, they even broke the single week album sales record with Millennium. As with any other teen idols, their popularity brought about endless amounts of Backstreet Boys Memorabilia.
My sister was twelve years old when Backstreet fever was at an all time high in 1999. Much like every other girl around that age, she was slightly obsessed to put it mildly. I mean, who could forget fans jamming Times Square when they were in the TRL studio? My sister had a Backstreet Boys t-shirt for every day of the week, she had posters covering every inch of her wall, and she even dressed up like them with her friends once to try to win tickets to their concert.
I was in high school at the time, so I couldn’t imagine anything less cool than boy bands. Who wants to see grown men who can’t play instruments dance around on stage while girls throw themselves at them? Lame!
As an adult, I’ve learned to appreciate the Backstreet Boys music for what it was, which was good harmless catchy pop music. There’s nothing wrong with fun pop songs, and while I would never admit this to my high school self, they’ve got some great tunes.
Fortunately, knowing my love for the ’90s, my sister has dedicated some of her old Backstreet Boys memorabilia to my collection. It’s mostly books, videos, and some other cool items. Let’s take that nostalgic journey back to a time when the Backstreet Boys ruled the world:
Want to fantasize about what it would be like to go on a date with each member of the Backstreet Boys. Want to get inside access to BSB secrets and look at never before seen photos? Well, then you absolutely needed these Backstreet Boys books back in the day.
Keep in mind that we didn’t even know what social media was in the ’90s, so celebrities were a lot less accessible. There was no Twitter with minute by minute updates on what food a celebrity was eating, and no Instagram to easily find personal celebrity photos in a matter of seconds. With dial up, it was a nice ten minutes of load time back then just to see a couple pictures on the internet. So, these types of books were a really huge deal for anyone who grew up as fans of the Backstreet Boys, or any other band from back then.
VHS Tapes & DVD’s
Want to view your favorite band’s new video, or their latest live performance? Just bring out your phone, and do a quick search on YouTube. We didn’t have these luxuries back in the ’90s, so we often relied on trying to find video tapes.
With these Backstreet Boys videos, we have behind the scenes footage, full concerts, and exclusive videos. So, power up the VCR, rewind your tapes, and make sure that your tracking is properly adjusted.
As if we couldn’t get enough Backstreet Boys in our lives back in the day, their faces were put on just about anything that a teenage girl would buy. Attach your Nick Carter keychain to your house key, and pack up your sandwich and chips in your BSB lunchbox to proudly display your Backstreet Boys love to all of the cool kids in the cafeteria.
Unfortunately, my sister went through a “too cool for boy bands phase”, so she got rid of her Backstreet Boys CD’s. I’ve purchased a couple at yard sales, and I’m hoping to add more to this collection.
If you have any Backstreet Boys memorabilia, or if you had a Backstreet Boys collection back in the day, leave a comment below.