Adult Contemporary

Backstreet Boys top the Adult Contemporary chart for the first time since 1999

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It’s been nearly 25 years since the Backstreet Boys topped Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, but for the first time since 1999, one of their songs is #1.

The band’s cover of Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” has become their first chart-topper since “I Want It That Way” ruled in July 1999 for 10 weeks. This is now a record for the singers, who now claim to be the group with the longest break between number ones — 23 years to be exact.

The band now beats the Eagles, who previously held the group record after spending a week shy of 20 years between their number ones — 1975’s “Best of My Love” and 1995’s “Love Will Keep Us Alive.”

The only artist to have an even longer wait was Elton John, who spent 23 years, 11 months and a week between 1998’s “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” and his 2021 “Merry Christmas” collab with Ed Sheeran.

Backstreet has another song from their A Very Backstreet Christmas LP also climbing the chart. “Christmas in New York” has risen to a new peak at 19th place.

In more Backstreet news, be sure to catch their A Very Backstreet Holiday Christmas special on December 14, airing at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The group will bring their new LP to life by performing a variety of their holiday hits.

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