Doubtless spurred on by the success of their first album, the Backstreet Boys were quick to follow up with a second internationally-released album in 1997. Almost simultaneously, they launched their first American album, which contained songs from the two records that had so far been released worldwide. And after its release in the U.S. it eventually sold 14 million copies.
It was this early period that brought us hits like “As Long As You Love Me” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” But the Backstreet Boys were yet to peak. That’s because the band’s third studio album, Millennium, was yet to drop. But when it did, it would launch the Backstreet Boys’ fame into the stratosphere.
When Millennium landed in 1999 it contained tunes like “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life.” What’s more, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and would go on to become the best-selling album in the U.S. in 1999. In fact, Millennium proved so successful that as of January 2013 it was still the fourth best-selling album of the SoundScan era.