CINCINNATI - "You are my fire... the one desire."
You hear those lyrics, and you can finish the song. Of course, they're the words to, "I Want It That Way," by the Backstreet Boys. People who lived through the 1990s, the golden age for male harmonies and vocalization, likely have the words to this song and many others permanently ingrained in their minds.
We've all got our favorite boy band songs--be they the slow, smooth stylings of Boyz II Men, the crooning pop melodies of 98 Degrees, or the "I dare you not to sing along and bust a move" grooves of *NSYNC.
For your listening pleasure, I asked 9 On Your Side staffers to share their top boy band jams with us. Read the list below. For Spotify members, I've created a playlist with all the songs so you can reminisce about the best of the 1990s.
Jennifer Moore, producer – Gone (*NSYNC), Backstreet's Back (Backstreet Boys), Uh-Huh (B2K)
Jay Warren, reporter – Quiero Ser (Menudo)
Jenny Bak, Community Manager – I Want You Back (*NSYNC), As Long As You Love Me (Backstreet Boys), Where's the Love (Hanson)
Libby Cunningham, Community Manager – The Call (Backstreet Boys)
Sarah Walters, meteorologist – Hangin' Tough (New Kids on the Block)
Jesse Folk, web editor – Backstreet's Back (Backstreet Boys)
Holly Edgell, Community Editor – Tearin' Up My Heart (*NSYNC), Can You Stand the Rain (New Edition)
Candace Gamel, assignment editor – Bye Bye Bye (*NSYNC)
Larry Handley, meteorologist – MMMBop (Hanson)
Larry Smith, reporter – Candy Girl (New Edition), Mr. Telephone Man (New Edition), Can You Stand the Rain (New Edition)
Kathrine Nero, anchor – Please Don't Go Girl (New Kids on the Block), Because of You (98 Degrees), I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys), It's Gonna Be Me (*NSYNC)
Jason Law, I-Team reporter – Every Other Time (LFO)
Katherine Loy, producer – Tearin' Up My Heart (*NSYNC), I Want It That Way (Backstreet Boys), When You're Looking Like That (Westlife)
Kendall Herold, reporter – I Want You Back (*NSYNC), Gone (*NSYNC), Say It, Don't Spray It (2Gether), Girl on TV (LFO)
What's your all-time favorite boy band jam? Share your song (or songs!) with me on Twitter @jennyfromthebak.