The One Where We Relate Backstreet Boys’ ‘DNA’ Tracks To Scenes From ‘Friends’

Okay, we know that DNA has been out for two weeks. That’s how long we’ve been working on this post because THINGS. KEEP. HAPPENING.

And we’re certainly not complaining! From Japan to NYC to GOING #1 ON BILLBOARD 100 ARTISTS and BILLBOARD 200 to their return to Vegas, there’s a LOT happening on the Backstreet. Oh yeah, and the Doritos Superbowl commercial AND the Grammy nomination.

Ok. Take a breathe.

Since everyone has already had more than enough time to feel their feelings about the entire new Backstreet Boys’ DNA album, we’re not going to analyze everything. What we ARE going to do… is relate every song on the album to a scene from Friends – our specialty! We have some sort of (new) love for every song on DNA like we do for every episode of the 90s sitcom and we hope you’ll find this post as fun as we do!

1. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”


This is the single that got the Backstreet Boys nominated for a Grammy (and dare we hope, a Grammy win) and we have no doubt that it would have been a top contender for Ross and Monica to perform The Routine. They probably would have even made it on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve! Seriously, play the chorus of DGBMH and watch this GIF.

2. “Nobody Else”


“…And I don’t wanna share you with no one else.” Much like the time Chandler and Joey moved into separate apartments and weren’t watching Baywatch together (pretend it’s red wine), this song puts us deep in our feels. The longing in these lyrics, the very real emotion behind being separated from the only person you want to be with, the memories left behind has us hoping whoever this song is about ended up like our favorite roommates – back together!

3. “Breathe”


Listen to “Breathe” and look at this GIF or any scene where one of the Friends was looking longingly out a rainy window (or in Joey’s case, a waterfall) and tell us that this song does not match the feeling. “Breathe” is a beautifully arranged acapella tune that gives us absolute chills as the classic Backstreet harmonies always do. Coupled with a Ross / Rachel break up, well, we’re chilled to the bone. Oh, and can we mention how well Howie carries this song?? Damn, D. We didn’t know you had it in you!

4. “New Love”


This song belongs in Barbados with Monica and her beads. It’s a different setting for the Backstreet Boys but it’s still them. It’s a summery jam that brings the heat but fun enough that we can hear it playing over the clicks on Monica’s hair beads. It’s also appropriate that Ross, Rachel, Joey and Charlie all found NEW LOVE on this episode. See what we did there?

5. “Passionate”


What is there to say about “Passionate” other than all of Chandler’s happy dances – every. single. one – apply to us dancing to this song? In our room, in our offices, in our cars, on the street…. WE’RE SO PASSIONATE. Can every Backstreet song have this much spunk, please?

6. “Is It Just Me?”

If ever a song made us feel bad for something we didn’t even do, it’s this one. “Is It Just Me” kicks off the Ross + Rachel portion of this album because wouldn’t this be so fitting for that whole WE’RE ON A BREAK era? AJ’s soft vocals on this track cut right into our lonely little hearts.

7. “Chances”


WHAT ARE THE CHANCES that Monica and Chandler hooking up in London would have led to this iconic proposal? What are the chances that they would be picked as parents later on? This song really makes you think about life happenstances and, well, taking chances.

8. “No Place”


The music video for “No Place” might have featured the Backstreet Boys and their wives, but really, isn’t it about anywhere you feel like home – even if it’s with your friends? HUG YOUR HOME TODAY…er, your friends or family.

9. “Chateau”


Hands down one of our favorite songs on the album, “Chateau” is all about pleading with someone to come back in the most gentle of ways. This song makes us feel exactly how we felt watching Ross try to catch Rachel before she flew to Paris in the last episode. We like to imagine that the iconic “I got off the plane” moment is how we’d feel if the girl in this song actually did meet him at the chateau.

Mph. This song. This scene. So many feels.

10. “The Way It Was”


IS THERE A MORE LYRICALLY PAINFUL (YET SO GOOD) SONG ON ‘DNA’? No. Not in our opinion anyway. Obviously, we paired it with the most painful had-to-happen episode in Friends history. You know the one. The One With The Morning After. The intense emotion in this episode, much like the song, leave us tearful, hopeful, and eating a tub of ice cream. Also, everyone is talking about it — dayuuuummmm Nick slays in this song! (But so do all of them.)

11. “Just Like You Like It”


It’s different. It’s quirky. It works. And we love it. Just like Phoebe and Mike. Phoebe told Mike that not having a piano wouldn’t stop him from playing if he was a real pianist just like someone told the Backstreet Boys they weren’t country then they were like WATCH US…and recorded this song. Kevin’s line about “brushing the hair back off your face” wins this song for sure.

12. “OK”


What a perfect song to end an album on. It’s sweet, but upbeat. It’s simple and it leave a good taste in your mouth. Our favorite part? Brian with his “ay, ay”. Don’t ask why. We just like it a lot, ok?! OK. (Heh)

Anyway, the end of the album fits perfectly with the end of the Friends series. After all, isn’t “I’ll Be There For You” just another way of saying “As long as I’m with you, I’m ok”? We think so.


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