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But we are two worlds apart Can't reach to your heart When you say That I want it that way. Tell me why Ain't nothin' but a heartache Tell me why Ain't nothin' but a mistake Tell me why I never wanna hear you say I want it that way. Am I your fire? Your one desire? Yes, I know, yeah, it's too late But I want it that way. Now, I can see that we've fallen apart From the way that it used to be, yeah No matter the distance I want you to know That deep down inside of me. Don't wanna hear you say, yeah Ain't nothin' but a heartache Ain't nothin' but a mistake Don't wanna hear you say I never wanna hear you say I want it that way. Tell me why Ain't nothin' but a heartache Tell me why Ain't nothin' but a mistake Tell me why I never wanna hear you say Don't wanna hear you say I want it that way.
Backstreet Boys Lyrics. Submit Corrections. This song is the lead single from their third studio album. It is their most prominent signature song, and it reached the number-one spot on charts in more than 25 countries. The song was considered the pop ballad of the year and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Song and Record of the Year. Their song "Larger Than Life" was going to be the lead single of the album, because their first two albums had an upbeat lead singles, but the group decided to choose a more mature direction with "I Want It That Way" being a mid-tempo track. An alternative version of the song with different lyrics recorded in January was included in some early demos of the album. The lyrics of this song don't make much sense.
It was released on April 12, , as the lead single from their third studio album, Millennium. The pop ballad talks about a relationship strained by matters of emotional or physical distance. Critically, the song was met with positive reception, with many critics commending its catchiness, also calling it the pop ballad of the year. In the United States, the song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot chart for eight non-consecutive weeks, while it topped the Adult and Top 40 Mainstream charts. The song has been widely covered and parodied by a range of artists, including other boy bands such as JLS and One Direction , while its music video, directed by Wayne Isham , received famous parodies, including Blink on their music video for " All the Small Things ", Big Time Rush on their music video for " Like Nobody's Around ", their music video for 'Worldwide', and The Wanted on their video for " Walks Like Rihanna ". After the success of their first two albums, Backstreet Boys and Backstreet's Back , the band recorded their third studio album, during and When the members of the Backstreet Boys came to Stockholm in November for a two-week recording engagement, they were eventually presented the demo of "I Want It That Way", which at the time only consisted of the main chorus. Originally, " Larger Than Life " was intended to be the lead single , following the similar formula of their first two albums, having an upbeat lead single. However, after hearing the final version of "I Want It That Way", the group wanted to move in a more mature direction, by utilizing a mid-tempo track as the lead single. Zomba Recording executives had to be convinced to approve of the song as the first single, due to them citing that the group could "alienate fans" with a mid-tempo song that had vague lyrical meaning.