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Backstreet Boys Prove 'I Want It That Way' Sounds Just As Good With Classroom Instruments

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Jimmy Fallon welcomed the Backstreet Boys to The Tonight Show on Thursday night, and obviously, the host couldn't resist joining the band for a new installment of his classroom instruments series. Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson joined Fallon and The Roots to perform "I Want It That Way" on apple shakers, wood blocks, and a colorful xylophone.


Considering how many of their fans were in grade school when the song originally came out in 1999, the choice of instruments only added to the nostalgic quality of the performance. Toward the end of the song, Fallon even added a bass drum into the mix. Dressed all in white, the band appeared to be having a great time. 

Fallon has previously debuted classroom-themed performances with artists such as Metallica and Camila Cabello. Last month, he and Ariana Grande even performed her hit "No Tears Left to Cry" on cardboard instruments created with Nintendo Labo.

As one fan commented on YouTube, "I Want It That Way" is "still a bop" almost 20 years later. And the band shows no signs of slowing down, as they recently released a new track called "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

Check out the full performance in the video below:


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