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"End of the Road"
Single by Boyz II Men
from the album Boomerang Original Soundtrack and Cooleyhighharmony (1993 re-release)
Released June 30, 1992
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded June 1992 in Philadelphia, PA
Genre R&B
Length 5:48
Label Motown
Writer(s) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Daryl Simmons
Producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Daryl Simmons
Certification Platinum
Boyz II Men singles chronology
"Please Don't Go"
(1992)
"End of the Road"
(1992)
"In the Still of the Nite (I Remember)"
(1992)

"End of the Road" is a 1992 number-one song recorded in June 1992 by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. Written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid and Daryl Simmons. It is Boyz II Men's most successful single and replaced The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" as Motown's most successful single.[citation needed] It was the last Motown single to reach #1 on the UK singles chart. The song is listed at #43 on Billboard's All Time Top 100'.[1]

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Chart performances

Originally recorded as a soundtrack song for the Eddie Murphy picture Boomerang, the song (themed about a breakup where the man really doesn't want the woman to go) topped the charts from August 15 through November 7, 1992, setting a record for most weeks at number one with 13 weeks, beating Elvis Presley's 11-week hold with "Hound Dog" / "Don't Be Cruel". Presley's record had stood 36 years.

However, two weeks after "End of the Road" left the top spot, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" reached number one, and remained there 14 weeks, one week longer than "End of the Road." Boyz II Men's new record stood only 17 weeks. The group's next single ("I'll Make Love to You"), however, would tie Houston's record, and 1995's Boyz II Men/Mariah Carey collaboration "One Sweet Day" would break it, logging 16 consecutive weeks.

Awards & nominations

1993 Grammy Awards[2]

  • Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal – Boyz II Men – "End of the Road" (winner)
  • Best R&B Song – Babyface, Daryl Simmons, L.A. Reid – "End of the Road" (winner)

Cover versions

The song was covered by several artists, including Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their album Take a Break, We Are Scientists in concert, Gladys Knight on the live medley from her album Just for You, and the Backstreet Boys during their concerts. An a capella version was re-recorded for Boyz II Men's 2007 album, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA.

During the series finale of the sitcom A Different World, Whitley led everyone in singing "End of the Road" at hers and Dwayne's farewell party as they prepared to leave for Tokyo.

Track listings

CD maxi
  1. "End of the Road" (pop edit) — 3:39
  2. "End of the Road" (radio edit w/acappella end) — 4:13
  3. "End of the Road" (LP version) — 5:50
  4. "End of the Road" (instrumental version) — 5:16
7" single
  1. "End of the Road" (pop edit) — 3:39
  2. "End of the Road" (instrumental version) — 5:16

Certifications

Country Certification Date Sales certified
U.S.[3] Platinum December 9, 1992 1,000,000+

Charts

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 19
Canadian Singles Chart 3
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[4] 7
German Singles Chart[4] 6
Irish Singles Chart[5] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[4] 3
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 7
UK Singles Chart[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[7] 1
End of year chart (1992) Position
Australian Singles Chart[8] 3
Preceded by
"This Used to Be My Playground" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 15, 1992 - November 7, 1992 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"How Do You Talk to an Angel" by The Heights
Preceded by
"Baby-Baby-Baby" by TLC
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
August 22, 1992 - September 12, 1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Humpin' Around" by Bobby Brown
Preceded by
"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
October 16, 1992 - November 27, 1992 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Would I Lie to You?" by Charles and Eddie
Preceded by
"Sleeping Satellite" by Tasmin Archer
UK Singles Chart number-one single
October 31, 1992 - November 14, 1992 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Would I Lie to You?" by Charles and Eddie
Preceded by
"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
Australian ARIA number-one single
November 22, 1992 - December 13, 1992 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams
Billboard Hot 100 Number one single of the year
1992
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston

References

  1. ^ Billboard
  2. ^ "allmusic ((( Boomerang > Charts & Awards > GRAMMY Awards )))". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3pfyxqwgldae~T32. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  3. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - "End of the Road". RIAA.com. Retrieved October 27, 2009)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "End of the Road", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  5. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  6. ^ "End of the Road", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  7. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  8. ^ 1992 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 2, 2008)

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