End of the Road (Boyz II Men song)

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"End of the Road"
Boyz II Men End of the Road USA commercial cassette.jpg
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
Recorded 1991, Philadelphia
Genre R&B
Length
  • 5:48 (album version)
  • 4:13 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid
  • Daryl Simmons (co.)
Boyz II Men singles chronology
"Please Don't Go"
(1992)
"End of the Road"
(1992)
"In the Still of the Nite (I Remember)"
(1992)

"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.

"End of the Road" achieved overwhelming domestic and international success and is considered one of the most successful songs of all time. In the United States, "End of the Road" spent a then record breaking 13 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, a record broken later in the year by Whitney Houston's 14-week number one hit "I Will Always Love You"; Boyz II Men would later match Houston's record with "I'll Make Love to You", which spent 14 weeks at number one in 1994, and then reclaim the record with "One Sweet Day" (a duet with Mariah Carey), which spent 16 weeks at number one from 1995 to 1996.

"End of the Road" was the number one single of 1992 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1992. It is ranked by Billboard as the sixth most successful song of the decade 1990–1999.[1] It is also ranked at number 55 on Billboard's "All Time Top 100 Songs".[2]

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

"End of the Road" has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over one million units in the United States.[3] The song also won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song at the 1993 Grammy Awards.

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. However, Cooleyhighharmony was re-issued in 1992 and 1993 to include "End of the Road" due to the success of the single.

"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.

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 side: End of the Road (LP Version)
  • B side: End of the Road (Instrumental 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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "allmusic ((( Boomerang > Charts & Awards > GRAMMY Awards )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
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  22. ^ "Boyz II Men Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
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  29. ^ "UK certifications, database". Bpi. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
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