Backstreet Boys

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Backstreet's back, alright?

With the Friday, Jan. 25 release of their 10th (!!) studio album, DNA, the Backstreet Boys have done the unthinkable and kept a recording career that began over 25 years ago alive. Sure, there have been stops and starts, but hey, they outlasted chief rivals NSYNC by over a decade and just earned their eighth Grammy nomination for the new album's lead single, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

"We've always been fighters. Nothing has ever been given to us," Nick Carter the only band member yet to cross over into his 40s, told Us Weekly in December after nominations were announced. "We've had to work for everything we've got to this day. Being from a boy band, there's some label and we were put in a bubble. Every now and then, these miraculous things happen!"

With their Las Vegas residency wrapping up in April and their biggest arena tour in 18 years just around the corner, the Boys, which also include Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and AJ McLean, are ready to look to the future.

"I'm kind of over the nostalgia, to be honest," Littrell told the publication. "We want to take a new generation – or an existing generation who already likes our music – and take them to the next step. I love singing 'I Want It That Way' and what it's done for our career; I love singing 'Backstreet's Back,' but at the same time, with 'Chances' and 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart,' there are new memories to create. That's what the DNA tour is going to do."

But before we move forward with them, it's worth looking back—if just for one last time—at the 25 years of history that lays in the wake of the best-selling boy band of all time. Trust us, there's some wild stuff in their past that you don't want to forget about just yet...

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Backstreet Boys, 1995

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Kevin Richardson, 1998

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Nick Carter, Now or Never

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