We've Got It Goin' On

Album: Backstreet Boys (1996)
Charted: 3 69

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first single from The Backstreet Boys, although they had sung backup on other singles.
  • The European success of this song led to the garnering of the Best Newcomers Award at the Smash Hits Awards in the UK.
  • The single was originally released in 1995. It failed to have much success in the US. The album was not released in the US until 1997, despite the massive success in other markets.
  • Several songs from this self-titled debut appeared on their sophomore effort, Backstreet's Back. Even the covers where almost exactly identical. For some reason, that album did much better commercially than its predecessor. This song did not appear on Backstreet's Back.
  • This was written by up-and-coming Swedish hitmaker Max Martin and his mentor Denniz Pop, who produced Ace of Base's chart-topping debut, Happy Nation. Martin co-wrote many songs for the Backstreet Boys, including "I Want It That Way" and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," before going on to write and produce hits for Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry.

Comments: 14

  • Jacklyn from New York, NyTo leigha: It's called Backstreet's Back because they had returned to the US. Their first single (We've got it going on) didn't do that great in the states so they toured in Europe first.
    To nobody in particular: Why are we discussing Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, and other groups on a page about a Backstreet Boys song? (not dissing, just wondering)
  • Tom from East Lyme, CtHey, what are you talkin' about, Young Lust ROCKS!
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI meant to say that Pink, Floyd did what I consider to be meaningful lyrics. I'm not a fan of the Backstreet Boys, but I'm not going to bash anyone who likes their stuff.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScYoung Lust might not be a great song, but Pink Floyd did different lyrics. That said I think I'm with Stephanie from Denver.
  • Lars from Surrey, CanadaI dont mean to bash Zach or anything but I'm kinda with steph on this. If you enjoy the music then that song was worthwhile. Therez no good or bad. If someone enjoys backstreet boys vocal harmonies over led zepp riffs so be it. There never were any rules for music and we should stop having them. It would be elitist for me to say that my taste in music is better than yours.
    All that said i love Pink floyd. :)
  • Megan from Sobieski, WiGive Jennifer a break...when girls get out of elementary school they generally grow out of the 'boy band' stage. I'm sure she'll grow up.
  • Ashley from Los Angeles, Cai love this song!!!!!!
  • Stephanie from Denver, CoZach: Give me a break. Led Zeppelin's lyrics sometimes have no meaning to them. Sometimes the lyrics make no sense at and repeat themselves constantly. What seperates the Backstreet boys from Led Zeppelin is talent. The rhythm was excellent and the musicians such as Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham were multi-talented and could really play their instruments.
    Now you say that Backstreet Boy lovers that they sould "lighten up on this pop crap" and then you said that you respected their love for these guys. What are you trying to say here? Are you trying to say gently that maybe they should stop listening to it and listen to artists like Pink Floyd which also produced the super annoying song, 'Young Lust' which made as much sense as this song, 'We've got it goin' on'. Music isn't about writing 'meaningful' lyrics and making sense, its about having fun with music and expressing your personal thoughts through music.
  • Rob from Castaic, Cajennifer, bsb arent a band, they are a musical group. They shouldn't be classified in the same group as any real band.
  • Zach from ..., PaI respect those of which love the backstreet boys. (I used to, too.) However, I have been shown the light and everybody who says the Backstreet boys are the greatest need to be shown the light too. What this [basically] means is that you should lighten up on this pop crap and listen to real music like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the other artists of their time. This is because Zeppelin and such bands seem to be the only ones that seem to write meaningful lyrics in their songs, and I think that everybody should give them a chance, even if they broke up 20+ years ago; true songs last forever.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThis song was based on MN8's 1995 hit "I've Got A Little Something For Ya", as was 911's 1997 hit "Bodyshaking".
  • Michelle from Bournemouth, Englandthere debut album isnt backstreets back...its backstreet boys :)....was released in europe first and did really well :)
  • Leigha from New York, Nydoes anyone know why the album was called backstreets back if it was their debut?
  • Jennifer from Carters Cove N.f.l.d, CanadaThe Backstreet Boys are the best band in the world.
    They are my Gods and I respect all 5 of them.
    they deserve everything in the world I love them thanks for being around for me.
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