Fangirls, rejoice: for the first time in five years, the Backstreet Boys are back (try to refrain from singing) with a new single. However, the announcement for the BSB’s new song initially caused a bit of confusion.
On Wednesday, the Backstreet Boys busted back onto the scene with a single entitled “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) May 17, 2018
Here’s the catch, though: as (perhaps slightly older) music-lovers know, there’s already a famous song called “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and that iconic anthem was sung by none other than Elton John and Kiki Dee.
Come on. You know you’ve heard it.
Twitter definitely noticed — and people definitely did a few double-takes before they realized that BSB wasn’t actually trying to deliver a cover of an Elton John classic.
Um, I saw #DontGoBreakingMyHeart trending and thought the Backsteeet Boys did a remake of one of the greatest songs of all time by Elton John and Kiki Dee.
Was it just me???
— Marie Nina (@MarieNinaAune) May 17, 2018
— Claire Dowling (@Lightninginacup) May 17, 2018
I lowkey wished that the new Backstreet Boys song was actually a cover of the Elton John song lol
— Crystal Truong (@crystalnovas) May 17, 2018
The new Backstreet Boys song is good but I can’t hear the title without busting into Elton John tbh
— Jordan Taylor (@jordantaylorxix) May 17, 2018
I heard Backstreet Boys released a new single called #DontGoBreakingMyHeart, so I googled it. Since when is Elton John in the band?!
— Derek Tonin (@derektonin) May 17, 2018
#DontGoBreakingMyHeart. I couldn’t if I tried. Ooops… wrong song. I actually thought Elton John and Kiki Dee did a great job on that song, though.
— RileyKitteh (@RileyFunKitty) May 17, 2018
Apparently the Backstreet Boys have released a song called #DontGoBreakingMyHeart, but it’s not THIS Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. Follow-up single will be Hey Jude (not the Beatles song) followed by Bohemian Rhapsody (not the Queen song) https://t.co/aqXoizxpmN
— 👩🏻🎤 Wendi Dunlap 🎶 (@litlnemo) May 17, 2018
— Laura Bedrossian (@LauraBedrossian) May 17, 2018
1. I’m sure Elton John and Kiki Dee did it better.
2. I am waiting for the remix with Quit Playing Games (With My Heart).
3. It’s good to know the Boys’ dance moves look exactly like they did in 1997. https://t.co/TxndWjFpjN
— Kaitlin Wainwright (@hellokaitlin) May 17, 2018
Sorry, Backstreet Boys — looks like it’s been a kind of clunky return. But! That doesn’t mean we can’t all appreciate the fact that a new Backstreet Boys song exists, even if it is ripping off the title of a considerably more famous tune.
Check it out: