Edge of the Century

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Edge of the Century
Styx - Edge of the Century.jpg
Studio album by Styx
Released October 9, 1990
Recorded April - August 1990, Chicago Recording Company, Chicago
Genre Hard rock, Pop rock, Pop Metal
Length 42:35
Label A&M
Producer Dennis DeYoung
Styx chronology
Caught in the Act
(1984)Caught in the Act1984
Edge of the Century
Return to Paradise
(1997)Return to Paradise1997
Singles from Edge of the Century
  1. "Love Is the Ritual"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Show Me the Way"
    Released: December 5, 1990
  3. "Love at First Sight"
    Released: 1991

Edge of the Century is the twelfth studio album by Styx, released in 1990. It was the first Styx album featuring A&M solo artist Glen Burtnik, the only album to feature the Dennis DeYoung/James Young/Glen Burtnik/Chuck Panozzo/John Panozzo lineup, and the last album to feature John Panozzo on drums before his death in 1996.

The album spawned three singles. "Show Me the Way" was written by DeYoung and peaked at #3 on both the Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart and Adult Contemporary Chart due to the Gulf War Troops adopting the song as an anthem.[citation needed] Some radio stations played an edited version with the children of troops singing.[citation needed] "Love Is the Ritual", (Pop singles peak #80) written by Burtnik and Plinky, and "Love at First Sight", (Pop singles chart peak, #25) written by Burtnik, DeYoung and Young, were also released as singles, but neither garnered the same amount of success as "Show Me the Way".

The album was certified gold by the RIAA.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly C [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love Is the Ritual" (Glen Burtnik, Plinky) – 3:48
  2. "Show Me the Way" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:35
  3. "Edge of the Century" (Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger) – 4:20
  4. "Love at First Sight" (Glen Burtnik, Dennis DeYoung, James Young) – 4:35
  5. "All in a Day's Work" (Glen Burtnik, Dennis DeYoung) - 4:11
  6. "Not Dead Yet" (Ralph Covert) – 3:32
  7. "World Tonite" (Glen Burtnik) - 3:38
  8. "Carrie Ann" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:26
  9. "Homewrecker" (James Young, Dennis DeYoung) – 5:12
  10. "Back to Chicago" (Dennis DeYoung) – 4:18


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Producer: Dennis DeYoung
  • Engineer: Phil Bonanno
  • Album cover art and design: Hugh Syme
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound, NYC


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 63

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "Love Is the Ritual" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1990 "Love Is the Ritual" The Billboard Hot 100 80
1990 "Show Me the Way" The Billboard Hot 100 3
1991 "Show Me the Way" Top Adult Contemporary 3
1991 "Love at First Sight" The Billboard Hot 100 25
1991 "Love at First Sight" Top Adult Contemporary 13


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 789. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.