“Everybody” 1997

Although I’ve always thought of the Backstreet Boys as a pop boy-band, I was pleasantly surprised to find their hip-hop roots. The song has a creative hip-hop inspired beat, with synthesizers and vocal harmonies scattered throughout the song to create dynamics. In addition to the hip-hop beat, the vocal melody is a hip-hop and pop combination that works well with the beat. Although the voices in the vocal harmonies sound very similar, one can still hear the separate voices of each person. Because of this the individual style and influence of each member is more clearly heard in the song. Overall, the song reflects decent musicianship among the members of the vocal group.