End of the Road

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"End of the Road"
Single by Boyz II Men
from the album Boomerang Original Soundtrack and Cooleyhighharmony (1993 re-release)
B-side Remix
Released June 30, 1992 (1992-06-30)
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded 1991 in Philadelphia, PA
Genre R&B
Length 5:48
Label LaFace/Arista, Motown
Writer(s) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds,
Antonio "L.A." Reid,
Daryl Simmons
Producer(s) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds,
Antonio "L.A." Reid
(co-producer: 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)
Music video
"End of the Road" on YouTube

"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.[citation needed] 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.[1] The song is often used as a "last song" before a radio station changes formats, most recently on January 10, 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.

Track listings[edit]

Cassette single

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

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

7" single

  1. "End of the Road" (pop edit) — 3:39
  2. "End of the Road" (instrumental version) — 5:16

Chart performances[edit]


Spanish language version from the same album

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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 (2007-11-13)
Recorded 2007
Genre A Cappella, R&B
Length 3:58
Label Decca
Producer Boyz II Men,
Brian McKnight,
Randy Jackson
Motown: A Journey
Through Hitsville USA
track listing

12. "War"
13. "End of the Road" (A Capella)

14. "There'll Never Be" (International Bonus Track)

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.

Cover versions[edit]

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".[2][3] 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.

American Idol season ten contestant Stefano Langone performed the song during Idol Goes to the Movies week.

An a cappella version was re-recorded for Boyz II Men's 2007 album, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA. Another re-recorded version appears on Boyz II Men's 2011 album, Twenty.

A reggae cover was recorded by Frankie Paul in 1996 for his Jet Star album, Reggae Max.

Keyshia Cole sampled the song on her single "Trust and Believe", from her 2012 album, Woman to Woman.

JLS sang this on their last tour, Goodbye – The Greatest Hits, and it was very emotional for fans, with lyrics being very relatable.

In Muppets Most Wanted, the song is covered by the Gulag prisoners.

During Amos Lee's Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song tour Amos treats his fans to his soulful version.

Awards and nominations[edit]

1993 Grammy Awards[4]

  • 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)

Charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Sleeping Satellite" by Tasmin Archer
Irish IRMA number-one single
12 November 1992 – 3 December 1992
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Sleeping Satellite" by The Tasmin Archer
UK Singles Chart number-one single
25 October 1992 - 21 November 1992
Succeeded by
"Would I Lie to You?" by Charles & Eddie
Preceded by
"Sweat (A La La La La Long)" by Inner Circle
Dutch Singles Chart number-one single
14 November 1992 – 5 December 1992
Succeeded by
"Gebabbel/Vlieg met me mee (live)" by Paul de Leeuw & Willeke Alberti
Preceded by
"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus
New Zealand Singles Chart
18 October 1992 – 6 December 1992
Succeeded by
"Would I Lie to You?" by Charles & Eddie
Preceded by
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
Australia (ARIA)
22 November 1992 – 20 December 1992
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"This Used to Be My Playground" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
15 August 1992 – 14 November 1992
Succeeded by
"How Do You Talk to an Angel" by The Heights

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard
  2. ^ "Up Front overview". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ "March 2008". SmoothViews.com. 
  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Boomerang > Charts & Awards > GRAMMY Awards )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "End of the Road", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  6. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  8. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  9. ^ "End of the Road", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  10. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  11. ^ 1992 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 2, 2008)
  12. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "UK certifications, database". Bpi. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  16. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - "End of the Road". RIAA.com. Retrieved October 27, 2009)

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