The Backstreet Boys are back, and their new single is … a banger?

You may have lost track of The Backstreet Boys since the VHS era, but the all-male pop quintet is still at it, unleashing their first new single in five years on Thursday.

Press that play button before you dismiss the aging group’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart as a bit of tired ’90s nostalgia, because as far as we’re concerned this one is a modern pop banger.

A hefty four-on-the-floor beat and shimmering synthesizers lay the foundation for the new jam, with the quintet offering viewers a vast assortment of matching outfits and coordinated dance routines that mime various lyrics — that’s right, they definitely imitate breaking a stick in their hands when they sing, “Don’t go breaking my heart” for the first time. With ages ranging from 38 to 46, the group might be as svelte as they once were — and we’re not even sure what to say about the hats — but vocally, they’ve still got it.

The tightly produced new song is impeccably timed, coming just a month after the group’s 25th anniversary working together, and just ahead of their ninth studio album. Like many aging pop acts, the Backstreet Boys have spent much of their recent performance time in Las Vegas, where they performed a 26-show residency called “The Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life.” That show has (understandably) been renewed with new dates, with shows beginning in July and running through November.

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart seems like it will be a big commercial success for the band, and has been rocketing up the charts — surging to number one on iTunes’ real-time list just hours after it was first released. Though the band has 17 past Billboard Hot 100 hits and millions of records sold today, success has been increasingly fleeting in their older years, so this is an impressive return to form.

The new song was produced by Scottish producer Stuart Crichton (Kesha, Kygo) shortly after the former boy band (now man band?) finished their first Las Vegas run.

“There’s that feeling that you just go, ‘This is undeniable. A smash.’ This one had that feeling,” singer Howie Dorough said to Billboard about the track. “I remember hearing the tracking and going, ‘Wow, this song has such a cool, unique sense of throwback.’ To me it sounded like something different, very fresh, not following something that’s already on the radio.”

We honestly never thought we’d be writing this in 2018, but we’re looking forward to hearing what else The Backstreet Boys have to offer on the upcoming album. Be sure to check out our weekly list of the best new songs to stream to hear some of the other music we’re excited about right now.


After controversial video, China bans ‘Leica’ on social media

A video that referenced Tiananmen Square got the name of the camera company Leica banned from the social media platform Weibo. Leica says the video wasn't an officially sanctioned promotion.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in March, from Buster Scruggs to Roma

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.

Get jiggy with it and find the jigsaw pieces with our Fortnite challenge guide

For this Fortnite weekly challenge, players must search for jigsaw puzzle pieces under bridges and in caves. We've got the best locations for finding these pieces so you can complete this challenge fast.

Call up Durr Burger and grab some lunch with our Fortnite weekly challenge guide

The Fortnite week 8 challenges are now available in season 8. One of the big challenges this week has players dial the Durr Burger number on the big telephone. We've got everything you need to complete this weekly challenge.
Home Theater

Keep those albums sounding great by converting your vinyl to a digital format

There are all sorts of reasons for ripping records and storing them digitally, but what's the best way to do it? We cover the different types of equipment and software available for ripping records at any price in this guide.
Emerging Tech

Even a true rock god can’t smash this unbreakable 3D-printed metal guitar

Rock stars love to smash guitars. Geeky engineers love to build things using the latest high-tech tools. What happens when both parties meet? This "unbreakable" 3D-printed metal guitar.

Amazon rumored to be launching free music-streaming service

Rumors are swirling that Amazon is planning to take on Spotify by launching its own free, ad-supported music streaming service. This seems to be a move aimed at Echo users in particular.
Home Theater

Celebrate Record Store Day in style with the best vinyl setups

From simple and affordable to sleek and swanky, these are our recommendations for incredible vinyl setups that will allow you to listen to your favorite records with outstanding fidelity and take your collection to the next level.
Home Theater

Record Store Day is here! Here's how to build a killer vinyl collection

Feeling the vinyl vibe? You're not alone. If you're interested in starting your own record collection and listening to tunes the analog way, we're here to help. This guide will take you through everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Surface Buds? Microsoft might make AirPods competitors, joining Amazon and others

Microsoft is reportedly hard at work developing its own true wireless headphone model to compete with top offerings from Apple, Samsung, and others. It's aiming to take on the AirPods and Galaxy buds with its own pair of portable in-ears.

You can get V-Moda’s excellent wireless over-ear headphones for just $100

In the market for a pair of Bluetooth headphones? You can get a pair of V-Moda's first-generation Crossfade Wireless for a third of their original $300 list price, a fantastic deal for a pair of great-sounding headphones.
Home Theater

Sony releases wireless turntable, new soundbar amid slew of 2019 audio devices

Sony has announced pricing and availability for its 2019 home audio lineup, including a brand-new wireless turntable, a new soundbar, and a slew of Bluetooth speakers that range from small and portable to huge and cupholder-laden.
Movies & TV

From comedies to biopics, these are the best movies about music and musicians

The best movies about music range from hilarious comedies to powerful and informative biopics that illuminate the world of sonic expression from all possible angles. Here are our current favorites.
Home Theater

Puro’s kids headphones don’t just sound great, they help prevent hearing damage

Puro Sound Labs' PuroQuiet headphones are a pair of noise-canceling over-ears that are designed for young listeners, allowing them to jam out to their favorite tunes, but limiting volume to avoid long-term hearing damage.