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Backstreet Boys play one of their classics with Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show'

Jimmy Fallon with the Backstreet Boys and The Roots perform "I Want It That Way" with Classroom Instruments on June 28, 2018 on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
Jimmy Fallon with the Backstreet Boys and The Roots perform "I Want It That Way" with Classroom Instruments on June 28, 2018 on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." NBC

The Backstreet Boys, including Kentuckians Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson , were booked on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night to perform their latest hit, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," which is not a cover of the Elton John-Kiki Dee classic of the same name.

But the Boys went that one better, being the latest artists to present a performance of one of their classics with Fallon and house band The Roots on elementary school classroom instruments. It's a routine that started when Mariah Carey, Fallon and The Roots performed her classic, "All I Want for Christmas is You" with the same implements in 2012. Since then, a number of artists from Ed Sheeran to Metallica have joined Fallon and the band for the schtick.

The group's late 1990s, early 2000s heyday had a number of hits they could choose from for the segment. But the ultimate pick was obvious: "I Want it That Way" from the record-shattering hit 1999 album "Millennium."

The destined-for-viral clip followed another made-for-YouTube moment earlier in the day when the Boys appeared on MTV's revived "TRL" and had a sing-along with fans of some of their hits in the elevator. "Total Request Live" helped fuel the group's initial success at the turn of the 21st century. Do we have the clip of that segment too? Of course we do:

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