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I'll Never Break Your Heart

"I'll Never Break Your Heart" is a song written by singer-songwriters Eugene Wilde & Albert Manno and was the second single by the Backstreet Boys from their self-titled debut album. It was later included on their US debut album as well. This was featured on the 1999 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 2 (U.S. series).


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The song was first released in December 1995, then in 1996 for a few other markets, and subsequently was re-released June 1998 off of the U.S. debut. The song peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., but fared better on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it became the group's first number one song on this chart.[2] Outside the U.S., the song peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart and also went to the Top 10 inAustraliaGermanyThe NetherlandsSweden and Switzerland. The song replaced "I'll Never Find Someone Like You" on the album, which was to be the band's first single. The band's label, Jive Records, had not committed to using the song for the band, and as a result, it was offered to singer Keith Martin, who accepted it and released it as a single on the Bad Boys soundtrack, and his own albums It's Long Overdue and All the HitsBrian Littrelldiscovered this when he heard Martin's song play on the radio one day.[3] "I'll Never Break Your Heart" was supposedly recorded over two weeks, because Littrell and A. J. McLean, the two lead vocalists on the song, had colds.[3] Spanish vocals for the song, titled "Nunca Te Haré Llorar", were later recorded in Zürich along with a Spanish version of "Anywhere For You".[3] Andy Williams released a version in 2007 on his album, I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up.

Track listing[edit]Edit

  • UK
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP Version) - 4:49
  3. "Roll with It" [alternate version] - 4:43
Re-release CD1
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "We've Got It Goin' On" (Amadin's Club Mix) - 6:33
  3. "Mark Goodier Interview" (Part 1)
Re-release CD2
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "Roll with It" - 4:43
  3. "Mark Goodier Interview" (Part 2)
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Radio Edit) - 4:25
  2. "Roll with It" - 4:43
  • America
Original CD1
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP version) - 4:49
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Spanish version) - 4:49
  3. "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" (live version) - 4:08
Original CD2
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (radio edit) - 4:25
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP version) - 4:49
  3. "Get Down" (DESIGN Radio I) - 3:55
  4. "Get Down" (Smokin' Beats Club Mix) - 6:43
  1. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (radio edit) - 4:25
  2. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (LP version) - 4:49
  3. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Spanglish version) - 4:48
  4. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (Spanish version) - 4:44
  5. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (instrumental) - 4:25

Music videos[edit]Edit

Two music videos were released for "I'll Never Break Your Heart".

The video released in conjunction with the original single release follows a group of girls, one of whom has just broken up with her boyfriend as explained in the video's preface. The band members are on a ski vacation, and each partners up with one of the girls. Brian Littrell gets together with the girl who had just broken up with her boyfriend. The girl Kevin Richardson is matched with was his then-girlfriend and now-wife Kristin Willits. This original video was filmed in November 1995 in the Rocky Mountains. It first aired in December 1995 in GermanyFrance, and other nations inWestern Europe.

The second video, directed by Bille Woodruff in April 1998, was released to MTV in June 1998 for the US market. It later appeared as the first video on Total Request Live on September 14, 1998. The video features each band member singing in their own uniquely styled apartment which are stacked atop one another in a tall building. Late in the video, each of the members is shown to have a girl in their apartment. The group is also shown singing together in a cylindrical tunnel which has a rotating round porthole at the near end, though which the camera observes. A version of the video was also released for the Spanish version of the song. The dog in Littrell's apartment was actually his dog, and the girl in his apartment was his then-girlfriend, now-wife Leighanne Wallace. "I'll Never Break Your Heart" appears on the US version of Now That's What I Call Music! 2 which was released on July 27, 1999.


Chart (1995) Peak


UK Singles Chart 42
Chart (1996) Peak


Austrian Singles Chart 5
Belgium (Flanders) Singles Chart 4
Belgium (Walonia) Singles Chart 8
Dutch Singles Chart 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[4] 6
German Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 19
Swedish Singles Chart 7
Swiss Singles Chart 2[5]
UK Singles Chart (re-release) 8
Chart (1997) Peak


Canadian RPMSingles Chart 47
Chart (1998) Peak


Australian Singles Chart 10
New Zealand IANZ Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
U.S. BillboardTop 40 Mainstream 4
U.S. BillboardAdult Contemporary 1

End of year charts[edit]Edit

End of year chart (1996) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 31
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[7] 30
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[8] 43
Dutch Singles Chart[9] 23
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[10] 41
German Singles Chart[11] 33
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 12
End of year chart (1998) Position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 33

Release history[edit]Edit

Country Release Date Format
Europe December 13, 1995 Airplay
February 12, 1996 CD Single
United States June 1998 Airplay
July 14, 1998 CD Single

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