Charli XCX Covers Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” Better Than Ever: Watch

Sam Lansky | August 14, 2013 3:00 pm

Here’s one thing that never, ever gets old: Charli XCX covering her favorite songBackstreet Boys‘ “I Want It That Way.” While she’s given the iconic pop hit her glitchy spin a handful of times already — most notably live in concert — this version, filmed as an exclusive video for AV Club.

“I picked the Backstreet Boys because I feel like it is such an epic pop song,” she explains by way of introduction. “When you strip it back, it’s actually a really beautiful, really powerful pop song. I feel like it could be a Belinda Carlisle song… or a Charli XCX ’80s ballad.” 

Indeed, she’s right. This version features some of her most compelling vocals to date. Someone rip the audio and put it on iTunes, please?

[via AV Club]