End of the Road
|"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||1991 in Philadelphia, PA|
|Writer(s)||Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds,
Antonio "L.A." Reid,
|Producer(s)||Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds,
Antonio "L.A." Reid
(co-producer: Daryl Simmons)
|Boyz II Men singles chronology|
"End of the Road" is a song recorded in 1991 by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. Written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons. It is Boyz II Men's most successful single and replaced Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's "Endless Love" as Motown's most successful single. In the United Kingdom, the single was the last Motown single to reach #1 on the UK Singles Chart until Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" achieved the feat 20 years later in 2012. The song is listed at #43 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. The song is often used as a "last song" before a radio station changes formats, most recently on January 10th, 2014, when KYOT-FM in Phoenix, AZ, played it before flipping from Rhythmic AC as Eva 95.5 to Variety Hits as 95.5 The Mountain.
- A End of the Road (LP Version)
- B End of the Road (Instrumental Version)
- End of the Road (Pop Edit) 3:39
- End of the Road (Radio Edit w/ Acapella End) 4:13
- End of the Road (LP Version) 5:50
- End of the Road (Instrumental) 5:16
- "End of the Road" (pop edit) — 3:39
- "End of the Road" (instrumental version) — 5:16
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|"End of the Road"|
|Song by Boyz II Men
featuring Brian McKnight from the album Motown: A Journey
Through Hitsville USA
|Released||November 13, 2007|
|Genre||A Cappella, R&B|
|Producer||Boyz II Men,
|Motown: A Journey
Through Hitsville USA track listing
Originally recorded as a soundtrack song for the Eddie Murphy motion picture Boomerang, the song (themed about a breakup where the man really doesn't want the woman to go) topped the US Billboard 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.
The song has been 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 in 1996. It was also performed by guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. on his 1993 album A River In The Desert.
Bassist Michael Manson covered the song from his 2008 album "Up Front". Marcela Morelo recorded a Spanish version of the song in her 2009 album "Otro plan". South Korean boy group U-KISS did an a cappella version of the hit song. Westlife covered this on a cappella. In addition, Boyz II Men included a Spanish-language version ("Al final del camino") on their Spanish-language compilation Evolución.
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.
In Muppets Most Wanted, the song is covered by the Gulag prisoners.
Awards and nominations
- 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)
End of decade charts
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1992 (U.S.)
- List of number-one R&B singles of 1992 (U.S.)
- List of number-one singles in 1992 (New Zealand)
- List of number-one singles from the 1990s (UK)
- List of European number-one hits of 1992
- Dutch Top 40 number-one hits of 1992
- List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1990s
- "Up Front overview". Allmusic.
- "March 2008". SmoothViews.com.
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- "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- Billboard - Google Books
- Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
- "End of the Road", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
- 1992 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 2, 2008)
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- Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- "UK certifications, database". Bpi. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
- RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - "End of the Road". RIAA.com. Retrieved October 27, 2009)
- "End of the Road" Music Video on YouTube / VEVO official channel
- "End of the Road" at Discogs (list of releases)
- "End of the Road" at Discogs (Promotional version)
- "End of the Road" at Discogs (Japanese version)
- "Al Final del Camino" at Discogs (Spanish version)
- "End of the Road (A Cappella)" at Discogs (2008 single in UK)
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics