Both Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line were confused by ‘H.O.L.Y’ lyrics

Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean is a huge fan of the song “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line. But on CMT Crossroads, it was revealed that he didn’t know the song’s title is an acronym for “High on Loving You.”

McLean said that at first, he didn’t realize it was an acronym. But he said, “I listened to it and then I’m like, ‘Oh!’ Light bulb.”

The song appeared on FGL’s third album, “Dig Your Roots,” and was a smash success.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had confessions of their own.

Hubbard said, “I’m not gonna lie. I had that same experience a few listens in. It wasn’t first listen for me.”

His bandmate Kelley said, “I’ve got to come clean, too. The first time I heard it, I literally thought … I thought it was ‘Your holy, holy, holy. Hi, I’m loving you.’”

The Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line then collaborated to treat fans to a new version of ‘H.O.L.Y.”

CMT Crossroads airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CMT.

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