Video: Underground passengers unite for impromptu Backstreet Boys singalong
‘Sometimes people and life surprise you and a little magic happens.’
It can be an annoying experience when someone plays music loudly on public transport – but just sometimes something special can happen.
Joel Wertheimer, a civil rights attorney who also served in the White House under President Obama administration, was on a subway train in New York when a shirtless man entered his carriage with some 90s pop blaring out of a speaker.
But instead of scowling at the man or asking him to turn the music down, the passengers decided to make the best of the situation.
Wertheimer 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.”
The carriage came together in a rendition of the 1999 Backstreet Boys hit I Want It That Way.
Wertheimer told TIME: “Everybody was mumbling the words at first and then it just sort of crescendoed. Joyful is the best word I have for it.”
We live for moments like this 🙌🖤 https://t.co/30ghKwteA5— Backstreet Boys (@backstreetboys) June 18, 2019
And the moment even got the seal of approval from the Backstreet Boys themselves.