Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely (3:54)

Cover of Millennium

From Millennium and 98 other releases

Released December 21, 1999.

“Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” is the third single off Backstreet Boys’ 1999 album, Millennium. It is a significant hit, second only to the first single I Want It That Way from the same album, becoming one of the most successful singles of the boy band. It was released on December 10, 1999, the video was released in early 2000 and peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart, and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached #2 in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand, and #3 in Finland and Norway.

The music video for “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” was directed by Stuart Gosling in December 1999 in Los Angeles, CA. It follows each of the band members separately until the instrumental break and final choruses.

The video begins at a hospital, in which Brian Littrell watches doctors try to save a patient, also portrayed by Littrell. A. J. McLean’s scenes take place on a coach bus, mourning the loss of a girl whose photo he carries. He sees her appear on the bus, but she fades away. Kevin Richardson watches film of himself and his father in an apartment. Nick Carter walks down a city street in the rain and saves a girl from almost being hit by the bus McLean is on. Howie Dorough drinks from a teacup at an old-style bar as a girl in red runs towards him, but fades away before she reaches him.

Richardson arrives to meet Dorough and the two leave the building together. McLean’s bus arrives, and Littrell exits the hospital. The five band members congregate and begin walking down the street together.

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