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An entire New York subway car spontaneously started singing Backstreet Boys together

  • Heartwarming footage shows the moment New York City subway passengers burst into song together on a train ride on Sunday
  • A man started playing the Backstreet Boys hit, ‘I want it that way’, on his phone
  • Pretty soon the entire carriage joined in and were having a wonderful time 
  • One passenger posted the footage on Twitter, which was viewed 1.1 million times
  • Uplifting footage shows the moment a New York City subway car of passengers burst into song together on an evening train ride on Sunday.

    The funny moment started when one passenger played the Backstreet Boys hit, ‘I want it that way’, on speakerphone.

    Suddenly, the New Yorkers were overcome by a communal spirit and began singing along.

Heartwarming footage shows the moment New York City subway passengers burst into song together on a train ride on Sunday. The passenger above started playing the Backstreet Boys hit 'I want it that way' on his phone and everyone in the carriage joined in

Heartwarming footage shows the moment New York City subway passengers burst into song together on a train ride on Sunday. The passenger above started playing the Backstreet Boys hit ‘I want it that way’ on his phone and everyone in the carriage joined in

One of the passengers, Joel Wertheimer, posted a clip of the singing on Twitter, which has been viewed 1.1 million times.

He wrote: ‘Had a really tough week and tonight I was the subway and some guy walks between train cars, shirtless, bumping a speaker.

‘I wasn’t in the mood for Showtime particularly. But sometimes people and life surprise you and a little magic happens.’

Some passengers really enjoyed singing

Once the song started, it wasn’t long before all passengers on the subway carriage were singing along

Other passengers started to record the uplifting moment on the phone on Sunday

Other passengers started to record the uplifting moment on the phone on Sunday

The footage garnered plenty of reaction on Twitter who said it was an ‘unusual’ occurrence in New York City but equally touching.

One called Maims wrote: ‘Part of what makes NYC special. Easy to hate it but also easy to love it!’

Another claimed: ‘I used to feel public music was really intrusive. A friend told me they loved it, it’s like I’m in a movie and this is the soundtrack.’

One of the passengers, Joel Wertheimer, posted a clip of the singing on Twitter , which has been viewed 1.1 million times

One of the passengers, Joel Wertheimer, posted a clip of the singing on Twitter , which has been viewed 1.1 million times

'I want it that way' was one of the Backstreet Boys' greatest hits, going platinum and topping  the US Billboard Hot 100 charts

‘I want it that way’ was one of the Backstreet Boys’ greatest hits, going platinum and topping  the US Billboard Hot 100 charts

‘That shift changed it for me. Even if I’m in a lousy mood, happy music has a certain irony.’

Maria Hinojosa wrote: ‘Perfect. Everybody from different places and we all get along. That’s how we New Yorkers do.’

Sergio P also claimed: ‘Seeing complete strangers, of all different races and backgrounds, bonding together in this fashion puts the biggest smile on my face.’

The Backstreet Boys, made up of Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough, recently celebrated their 26th year together despite Richardson leaving the band briefly to pursue other interests.

The Backstreet Boys’ world tour in support of their new album, DNA, kicked off last May in Portugal.

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