Max Martin was the king of the teen pop sound in the late '90s and early 2000s. His music style has evolved from beat-tastic bubblegum to the current rock-influenced music he produces. Believe it or not, that's actually a return to his roots, given that he started in a heavy metal band. He began producing in around 1994, but it was the following year when things really started getting going, with the debut single (and following album) from the Backstreet Boys.
These are tracks from my very own import copy of their first self-titled album release in Europe. I begged my mom to order this for me sometime in 1998 when I was an obsessed fan. Only several tracks are Max Martin songs, but for the most part they're clearly the best ones. This is also the start of his collaboration with Denniz PoP, whom he wrote and produced several of the greatest pop songs of the 1990s with.
We've Got It Goin' On - Their first single, released in 1995. It was a flop in the US but a hit in Europe, which got their career going over there. It's pretty cheesy and definitely not one of my favorite songs of either BSB or Max, but I think it's a good introduction to both. Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart) - This is the original version, released in '96. It has both verses sung by Brian Littrell, as opposed to the American edit on the U.S. debut that features Nick Carter's vocals as well. (Probably because Nick still hadn't completed puberty at the time of the first recording ;) I Wanna Be With You - In my view, this is one of the best songs on this album. It wasn't chosen for the American album, and I have no clue why. I think it was in the live-action Casper movie with Christina Ricci or something.