Edge of the Century

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Edge of the Century
Styx - Edge of the Century.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 1990
RecordedApril - August 1990, Chicago Recording Company, Chicago
GenreGlam metal[1]
ProducerDennis DeYoung
Styx chronology
Caught in the Act
Edge of the Century
Return to Paradise
Singles from Edge of the Century
  1. "Love Is the Ritual"
    Released: September 1990 [2]
  2. "Show Me the Way"
    Released: November 1990 [3]
  3. "Love at First Sight"
    Released: March 1991 [4]

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. Some radio stations played a version edited with snippets of congressional debate and caller dedications to troops in the Gulf War.[5] "Love Is the Ritual", (Pop singles peak #80) written by Burtnik and Plinky Giglio, 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
AllMusic2/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyC[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Love Is the Ritual"Burtnik, PlinkyBurtnik3:48
2."Show Me the Way"DeYoungDeYoung4:35
3."Edge of the Century"Burtnik, Bob BurgerBurtnik4:20
4."Love at First Sight"Burtnik, DeYoung, YoungDeYoung4:35
5."All in a Day's Work"Burtnik, DeYoungBurtnik4:11
6."Not Dead Yet"Ralph CovertDeYoung3:32
7."World Tonite"BurtnikBurtnik3:38
8."Carrie Ann"DeYoungDeYoung4:26
9."Homewrecker"Young, DeYoungYoung5:12
10."Back to Chicago"DeYoungDeYoung4:18


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 (United States)

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 63

Singles - Billboard (United States)

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


  1. ^ McPadden, Mike (September 16, 2015). "10 Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Artists That Went Glam for One Album". VH1. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  2. ^ "Styx singles".
  3. ^ "Styx singles".
  4. ^ "Styx singles".
  5. ^ "New Philadelphia Times Reporter Archives, Feb 10, 1991, p. 21". newspaperarchive.com.
  6. ^ Mansfield, Brian. "Edge of the Century - Styx | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Robbins, Ira (October 12, 1990). "Edge of the Century". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ 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. rolling stone styx album guide.