End of the Road

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"End of the Road"
U.S. commercial cassette single
Single by Boyz II Men
from the album Boomerang Soundtrack and
Cooleyhighharmony (Reissue)
B-side Remix
Released June 30, 1992 (1992-06-30)
Format CD single, CD maxi, 7" single
Recorded Spring 1992, Philadelphia
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"
"End of the Road"
"In the Still of the Nite (I Remember)"
Music video
"End of the Road" on YouTube

Spanish language version from the same album

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

The song achieved overwhelming domestic and international success.

In the United States, "End of the Road" spent a then record-breaking 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Whitney Houston would later break this record in the same year, with "I Will Always Love You", spending 14 weeks at #1. Boyz II Men would later match and break Houston's record with two of their future releases:

Internationally, "End of the Road" reached #1 in Australia, United Kingdom and the Hot 100 Eurochart, among others.

Due to the success of the single, Boyz II Men's debut album Cooleyhighharmony was re-issued in 1992 and 1993 to include the song.

At the 1993 Grammy Awards, "End of the Road" was nominated for two Grammys, winning both: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best R&B Song.

"End of the Road" is considered one of the most successful songs of all time. It was the #1 single of 1992 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1992. It is ranked by Billboard as the 6th most successful song of the 1990-1999 decade.[1] It is also ranked at #50 on Billboard's "All-Time Top 100 Songs"[2]

The song has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over one million units in the United States.[3]

Release and Chart Performance[edit]

"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.

"End of the Road" debuted at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 18, 1992. Within 4 weeks, it reached #1, holding the position for 13 consecutive weeks from August 15, 1992 - November 7, 1992. It also spent four weeks atop of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

It is their most successful song to date.

Track listings[edit]

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

Cassette single

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

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".[4][5] 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.[citation needed]

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.

Other uses[edit]

  • The song is often used as a "last song" before a radio station changes formats, most recently on February 6, 2015, when KHHT in Los Angeles, California, played it before flipping from rhythmic oldies as "Hot 92.3" to urban contemporary as "Real 92.3".
  • The song was used in an episode of The OC, "The Rainy Day Women," where Seth is depressed in his bedroom over Summer.
  • The song was used in the Fresh Off The Boat episode, "Boy II Man", aired on September 29, 2015.

Awards and nominations[edit]

1993 Grammy Awards[6]

  • 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)


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 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
Australian ARIA Singles Chart
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]


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  2. ^ "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs].". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  3. ^ "RIAA - Certified Awards Search - "End of the Road"].". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Up Front overview". Allmusic. 
  5. ^ "March 2008". SmoothViews.com. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Boomerang > Charts & Awards > GRAMMY Awards )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Boyz II Men – End of the Road". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Boyz II Men – End of the Road" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Boyz II Men – End of the Road" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Boyz II Men – End of the Road" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Boyz II Men – End of the Road". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Boyz II Men – End of the Road". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Boyz II Men – End of the Road". Singles Top 100.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Boyz II Men – End of the Road". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "End of the Road", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  19. ^ 1992 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 2, 2008)
  20. ^ Billboard - Google Books
  21. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  22. ^ "UK certifications, database". Bpi. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  23. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - "End of the Road". RIAA.com. Retrieved October 27, 2009)

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