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NYC subway riders can't help but sing along to 'I Want It That Way'

Heather Dockray

New York City public transportation might be a hellhole, but at least it's a hellhole with good music. 

On Sunday, for example, Twitter user @Wertwhile was traveling on the subway after a tough week when he encountered a shirtless man carrying a speaker. What could have been a painful moment — someone  blasting the worst possible music at the loudest possible volume — became a beautiful one after passengers on the train joined together to croon the Backstreet Boys' famous hit, "I Want It That Way."

Look at how pure this all is:

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The tweet contains at least one reference that might be unfamiliar to people outside New York City.  "Showtime" is a phrase typically uttered by young buskers at the beginning of a subway dance performance. While some passengers love to see dancers spin around on poles, others understandably worry about getting kicked in the face on a moving train.    

However, @Wertwhile was so touched by this particular moment that he stopped filming to take it all in.

Twitter users were equally impressed by the sing-along.

New York City, you're OK sometimes.

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