"I Want It That Way"
Single by Backstreet Boys
from the album Millennium
B-side "My Heart Stays With You", "I'll Be There For You"
Released April 12, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded November 1998
Genre Pop
Length 3:33
Label Jive
Writer(s) James Harrison
Producer Max Martin, Kristian Lundin
Backstreet Boys singles chronology
"All I Have To Give"
"I Want It That Way"


"Larger Than Life"

"I Want It That Way" is a hit song by the Backstreet Boys, and their first single from their 1999 album, Millennium. It was written by James Harrison. The song was highly played on the radio and the video, directed by Wayne Isham, was well played on television. It was later released on the Backstreet Boys' greatest hits album, The Hits: Chapter One, in 2001. It is considered one of their signature songs.

The song is still routinely played on both radio and video and the single has been highly critically acclaimed, winning and being nominated for various awards including, three Grammy nominations, MTV awards and Billboard Awards, as well as many others. It reached number 1 in over 25 countries.


Peak positionsEdit

Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 4
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 7
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 2
Danish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 1
European Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart 4
French Singles Chart 20
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 3
Italian Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
U.S. Hot 100 Airplay 1

End of year chartsEdit

End of year chart (1999) Position
Australian Singles Chart 25
Austrian Singles Chart 19
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 33
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 35
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 3
Dutch Singles Chart 14
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 14
German Singles Chart 15
Italian Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15

James Harrison & Rough Copy versionEdit

"I Want It That Way"
Single by James Harrison and Rough Copy
Released 2014
Format CD single
Recorded 2014
Genre R&B, pop
Length 3:33
Label K-BAHN
Writer(s) James Harrison
Producer James Harrison
James Harrison singles chronology
"Blurred Lines" (2013) "I Want It That Way"
Rough Copy singles chronology
"I Want It That Way"