Apramycin is a structurally unique member of the 2-deoxystreptamine class of aminoglycoside antibiotics characterized by a mono-substituted 2-deoxystreptamine ring that carries an unusual bicyclic eight-carbon dialdose moiety. Because of its unusual structure apramycin is not susceptible to the most prevalent mechanisms of aminoglycoside resistance including the aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes and the ribosomal methyltransferases whose widespread presence severely compromises all aminoglycosides in current clinical practice. These attributes coupled with minimal ototoxocity in animal models combine to make apramycin an excellent starting point for the development of next-generation aminoglycoside antibiotics for the treatment of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, particularly the ESKAPE pathogens. With this in mind we describe the design, synthesis, and evaluation of three series of apramycin derivatives, all functionalized at the 5-position, with the goals of increasing the antibacterial potency without sacrificing selectivity between bacterial and eukaryotic ribosomes, and of overcoming the rare aminoglycoside acetyltransferase (3)-IV class of aminoglycoside-modifying enzymes that constitutes the only documented mechanism of antimicrobial resistance to apramycin. We show that several apramycin-5-O-β-D-ribofuranosides, 5-O-β-D-eryrthofuranosides and even simple 5-O-aminoalkyl ethers are effective in this respect through the use of cell-free translation assays with wild-type bacterial and humanized bacterial ribosomes, and extensive antibacterial assays with wild-type and resistant Gram-negative bacterial carrying either single or multiple resistance determinants. Ex-vivo studies with mouse cochlear explants confirm the low levels of ototoxicity predicted on the basis of selectivity at the target level, while the mouse thigh infection model was used to demonstrate the superiority of an apramycin-5-O-glycoside in reducing the bacterial burden in-vivo.