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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B00005QD4I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,433 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OhmygodtheBackstreetBoysrule!!!!!! OK, with that out of the way, let's review The Hits--Chapter One, which is one-stop shopping for the hunky pop group's three American albums--their 1997 self-titled debut, 1999's Millennium, and 2000's Black & Blue. The first disc really shines with "As Long as You Love Me," "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," and "All I Have to Give," capturing the Backstreet Boys' essence: sunny pop under the influence of blue-eyed soul. "I Want It That Way," from the second album, is an undeniable classic, while "The Call" has a deliciously frenzied sexual urgency and a strong, danceable beat. But the other tracks are uneven with the oddball fan-appreciation anthem "Larger Than Life" surrounded by somber, predictable ballads. The new single, "Drowning," is same-old same-old: lazy moaning over a drum machine. The Hits--Chapter One might be an optimistic name for this '90s retrospective. The future is cloudy for chapter two. --Courtney Kemp

Customer Reviews

This is an album that all Backstreet Boys fans should own.
Chad DeFeo
My favorite cut from their first album is probably "As Long As You Love Me", another one of their more popular hits.
This Hits album is a MUST have for all BSB fans and those who enjoy good music.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on November 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Backstreet Boys were the first of the boy bands of the late '90s/early 2000s to make it big. Their catalog consists of only three previous albums, so it does seem a big premature to have a hits collection out, but apparently the third release didn't perform to expectations, so a hits set was rush released with only one new song.
Even if it seems like a last gasp for success, this CD is a great summation of the group's work up to this point. It provides proof that the group wasn't just the best of their breed (boy bands, that is), but that their best moments transcend the the recent bugglegum pop music boom.
"I Want It That Way," "As Long As You Love Me," and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," are lovely, timeless pop ballads, featuring great vocal performances. The dance numbers, like "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life," are clearly a product of modern music, but offer infectious rhythms that even early Bandstanders can dance to.
If most of the rest of the singles on this 13-track collection aren't quite as good as those afforementioned tunes (the midtempo "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" also certainly ranks with the Boys' best), they nevertheless are well-crafted. That the new single "Drowning" is the weakest track on the set may not bode well for the future however. But regardless of what the future holds for this group, this retrospective provides a strong look at what was popular in pop music around the turn of the century.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "lm_doll" on March 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
...BSBs THE HITS-CHAPTER ONE delivers. It includes all hits and no filler. Sure some of these songs have been played over and over but they're still great pop songs. The Backstreet Boys have really put out some great quality pop music over their first ...few albums. All of their best songs are captured here on this great CD!
The timeless "I want it that way", which is still one of my favorite songs. Also "quit playing games (with my heart)", "all I have to give", and "shape of my heart" are all great. This collection also includes the new track "drowning." I like it. It's very BSB except the intro sounds like O-town's "all or nothing." THE HITS also includes the radio version of "more than that."
This is a really awesome CD. BSB fan or not, you'll like it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Twoe on November 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is, in my opinion, the best out of the Boys' collection. With hits like 'I Want It That Way', 'Larger Than Life', 'Shape of My Heart', and 'The Call', they win over even N'SYNC. Anyway, my ratings for each song are as follows:

I Want It That Way - 10/10: A wonderful love-pop song. And one of, if not the, most favorite.

Everybody(Backstreet's Back) - 8/10: A good song to dance funkily to, but not their best.

As Long As You Love Me - 8/10: Not one of my favorites, but it has a nice tune to slow-dance to.

Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely - 9/10: A very nice tune, and yet another great slow-dancing song. :)

Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) - 8/10: An OK song. The chorus is nice, but the rest leaves me sort of bewildered.

All I Have To Give - 9/10: One of my absolute favorites. (And another slow-dance song)

Larger Than Life - 10/10: Amazing. Awesome song to listen to - no matter what mood you're in, it'll pick you right up. :D

I'll Never Break Your Heart - 5/10: A soft, slow, and sad song. My least favorite.

The Call - 10/10: A nice, brisk song with a tint of sexuality. Awesome!

Shape Of My Heart - 10/10: Another great slow-dancing song. It always warms my heart. :)

The One - 8/10: A great song, but nothing out-standing.

More Than That - 10/10: A fantastic song. I love the sound effects at the beginning that sound ethereal - it makes me feel like I'm flying threw the universe.

Drowning - 10/10: A great pop song. I love listening to it over and over.

Well, the ratings I have given these songs are how I perceive them, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Obviously, all the ones rated '10' are my favorites. *blushes* Happy listening!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "chick_flick" on November 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Backstreet Boys are argueably the best of their breed. As a long-time fan of theirs, now here comes along their first greatest hits album. Certainly they do not have as many hits as let's say, the Beatles, so why now? Well, a lot of artists come out with greatest hits collections even while they are still going fairly strong. Like Madonna, for example. 'The Immaculate Collection' came out in the early '90s, when she was still very popular and making music. Now she has two greatest hits collections...same could end up happening for the Backstreet Boys. Here are the track listings to 'The Hits--Chapter One':
1.) "I Want It That Way" ~ what can I say that hasn't already been said about this song? Truly a pop classic. One of my all-time favorite songs! From their 'Millennium' album. 5/5 stars
2.) "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" ~ this song is not the radio edit version you hear on the radio...it's the music video version and album version. This is another true classic! 5/5 stars
3.) "As Long As You Love Me" ~ my personal favorite from their self-titled disc. Mid-tempo song that was huge in '98. 5/5 stars
4.) "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely" ~ their best ballad ever. It is so sad and yet, so good! 5/5 stars
5.) "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" ~ first hit ever for the Boys in the US. From their self-titled disc, another classic. 5/5 stars
6.) "All I Have To Give" ~ I really like this ballad from their self-titled album. The lyrics are sweet, but it's not one of their more popular songs. 4/5 stars
7.) "Larger Than Life" ~ more of a rockin' type of upbeat song, dedicated to their fans. The BSB love their fans so much--another reason to love THEM! 5/5 stars
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