Backstreet Boys vs The Maine vs Paradise Fears
By Sam Devotta |
January 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM
â€œAs Long As You Love Meâ€ Writer: Max Martin Original Release Date: October 1997
Those of us born before the year 2000 will remember, with varying degrees of fondness, the boy bands of the nineties, including the beloved Backstreet Boys. Whether you were swooning over BSB themselves or styling yourself the next Mrs. Justin Timberlake (or maybe even fanning yourself over 98 Degrees), thereâ€™s no way you donâ€™t know at least some of the words to the pop classic â€œAs Long As You Love Meâ€.
Interestingly, there are a couple of different versions of the BSB original. An early mix with slightly different instrumentation was accidentally released on their U.S. debut, Backstreet Boys, in 1997, and wasnâ€™t corrected until the second pressing of the album in 1998.
In December, The Maine released a cover version and, being The Maine, they couldnâ€™t resist putting their own spin on it. The result: a crooning ballad, similar to their â€œGirls Just Wanna Have Funâ€ cover from Punk Goes Pop 5. With a more languid, plaintive feel, the song is a little more intimate with the acoustic guitar as the most prominent instrument. John Oâ€™s voice could charm anyone (or anything) into loving him…as if you didnâ€™t love him already.
While Paradise Fears technically covered Justin Bieberâ€™s song of the same name, they, like any true â€œchildren of the ninetiesâ€, throw it back by turning the last minute into an ode to the â€œOSâ€ (which, according them, means â€œoriginal swaggieâ€) BSB. Itâ€™s a brilliant combination of two pop icons, and the unexpected throwback is what makes the song a delight.
Itâ€™s hard to pick who to love the most when it comes to this song. BSB has the advantage of original swaggie-ness, The Maine is a little more swoon-worthy, and Paradise Fears is just plain fun. Choosing your favorite version all depends on what mood youâ€™re in…as long as you love it.