End of the Road (Boyz II Men song)

"End of the Road" is a song by American R&B group Boyz II Men for the Boomerang soundtrack. It was released in 1992 and was written by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Antonio L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons.

"End of the Road"
Boyz II Men End of the Road USA commercial cassette.jpg
Artwork for North American retail cassette edition, also used for overseas editions
Single by Boyz II Men
from the album Boomerang (soundtrack) and Cooleyhighharmony (Reissue)
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedJune 30, 1992 (1992-06-30)
Recorded1991
GenreR&B
Length
  • 5:48 (album version)
  • 4:13 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid
  • Daryl Simmons (co.)
Boyz II Men singles chronology
"Please Don't Go"
(1992)
"End of the Road"
(1992)
"In the Still of the Nite (I Remember)"
(1992)
Music video
"End of the Road" on YouTube

"End of the Road" achieved overwhelming domestic and international success. Also it is considered one of the most successful songs of all time. In the United States, "End of the Road" spent a then record breaking 13 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, a record broken later in the year by Whitney Houston's 14-week number one hit "I Will Always Love You"; Boyz II Men would later match Houston's record with "I'll Make Love to You", which spent 14 weeks at number one in 1994, and then reclaim the record with "One Sweet Day" (a duet with Mariah Carey), which spent 16 weeks at number one from 1995 to 1996.

"End of the Road" was the number one single of 1992 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1992. It is ranked by Billboard as the sixth most successful song of the decade 1990–1999.[1] It is also ranked at number 55 on Billboard's "All Time Top 100 Songs".[2]

Internationally, "End of the Road" reached number one in Australia, United Kingdom and the Hot 100 Eurochart, among others.

"End of the Road" has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over one million units in the United States.[3] The song also won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song at the 1993 Grammy Awards. "End of the Road" it's written and composed in the key of E-flat major[4] and is set in time signature of 6/8 with a tempo of 150 beats per minute.

Release and chart performanceEdit

"End of the Road" was released on June 30, 1992. It was released as a single from the Boomerang soundtrack and did not originally appear on Boyz II Men's debut album, Cooleyhighharmony. It was released after all singles from their debut had been released, and was their fifth single overall. However, Cooleyhighharmony was re-issued in 1992 and 1993 to include "End of the Road" due to the success of the single.

"End of the Road" debuted at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 18, 1992, jumping to number 30 the following week. The next week the song reached the top ten at number 8, and reached the top five the week after at number 4. The following week, the song peaked at number one, holding the position for 13 consecutive weeks from August 15, 1992 to November 7, 1992. On November 14, the song was finally succeeded by "How Do You Talk To An Angel" by The Heights. It also spent four weeks atop of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Critical receptionEdit

Larry Flick from Billboard commented, "Good to hear something new by this wonderfully talented group." He described the song as a "retrominded pop/R&B tune", adding that "those now-recognizable harmonies glide over a swaying, doo-wop melody, making the track the perfect complement to a romantic evening. Has the markings of a major multiformat smash."[5] British magazine Music Week wrote, "A superior if stylised ballad, with some classically soulful crooning and a smoothly polished finish, it looks set for major success here too. Cute acapella end adds to appeal."[6]

Track listingsEdit

Europe/UK/Australia CD

  1. End of the Road (Pop Edit) 3:39
  2. End of the Road (Radio Edit w/ Acapella End) 4:13
  3. End of the Road (LP Version) 5:50
  4. End of the Road (Instrumental) 5:16

US 7" single

  1. "End of the Road" (Radio edit w/ Acapella End) — 4:13
  2. "1-4-All-4-1" East Coast Family — 4:14

Cassette single

  • A side: End of the Road (LP Version)
  • B side: End of the Road (Instrumental Version)

Awards and nominationsEdit

1993 Grammy Awards[7]

  • 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)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[44] Gold November 1, 1992 400,000
U.S.[45] Platinum December 9, 1992 1,000,000+

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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