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"Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" is a song by American boy band Backstreet Boys. It was released as the first single from their second international album Backstreet's Back in June 1997, and the third single from their debut US album in March 1998. The US debut was originally released without the song, which references the band's return via their second international album. Billboard commented that the song has "a contagious dance/pop beat and catchy hook that perfectly showcases this talented group's voices."

Zomba chairman Clive Calder suggested the song as a single, but Jive president Barry Weiss thought it would be weird to have a song called "Backstreet's Back" on the band's first US album. The band suggested it could just mean that they were back home. After Canadian markets began playing the song, US markets near the border began picking the song up. The band met with Weiss and asked that the song be added to the US album after the first million units had already been produced. Written and produced by Max Martin and Denniz PoP, "Everybody" is one of the Backstreet Boys' most successful singles to date, reaching number 4 in the US Billboard  Hot 100, running 22 weeks, and number 3 in the UK Singles Chart. It is certified platinum in the United States with 2.1 million sales.

The video is bookended by scenes framing the context: When their bus breaks down, the band's driver insists that the group spend a night at a nearby haunted house while he gets help. It then shows Brian preparing to sleep in one of the bedrooms. While he is in bed, he pulls out a scary animal from under his covers, making him scream in horror. The musical portion of the video plays as a dream sequence in which each band member appears as a different movie monster: Brian as a werewolfHowie as DraculaNick as a mummyA.J. as Erik, the Phantom of the Opera; and Kevin as Two-Face-like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The boys, as monsters, mainly appear in their own individual vignettes related to their character, while the band as a group appears in the foyer of the house dressed in centuries-old clothing, performing a dance routine with a group of additional dancers. Supermodel Josie Maran appears as Howie's companion in his vignette. At the end of the video, Brian wakes up realizing that all was a nightmare. He says to all the boys about his dream, and all the boys do the same. They are trying to leave the house, with Howie in front, but the driver turns out to be the Frankenstein's monster, making the boys scream in horror.