On Bended Knee

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"On Bended Knee"
Single by Boyz II Men
from the album  II 
Released November 1, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre R&B
Length 5:29
Label Motown
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Boyz II Men singles chronology
"I'll Make Love to You"
"On Bended Knee"
"Thank You"

"On Bended Knee" is a 1994 number-one hit single by Boyz II Men for the Motown label. It is the second single from their second album, II. Written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the song reached #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay and #2 on the Hot Singles Sales on December 3, 1994. "On Bended Knee" stayed at number one for a total of six weeks.

The single is notable for having replaced the previous Boyz II Men single, "I'll Make Love to You", as the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. This was the first time that an act had replaced itself at number one since the Beatles, when "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "She Loves You", and "Can't Buy Me Love" monopolized the top of the chart for a total of 14 weeks.

In the lyrics, the speaker begs "on bended knee" for his ex-lover to come back to him, and apologizes for his wrongdoing.

Music video[edit]

The music video featured the band members and their breakup and eventual reconciliation with four famous actresses: Kim Fields, Renée Jones, Lark Voorhies, and Victoria Rowell. The video begins with Wanya's girlfriend (Voorhies) in the car with him, accusing him of looking at another woman at the grocery store, and she gets out of the car, leaving Wanya alone.

He eventually finds her sitting on bleachers where they make up. Shawn meets a girl (Rowell) with a dog at the park and falls in love with her after just meeting her. Michael gets into a fight with his girlfriend (Jones) on his birthday and he's shown alone, drawing a picture of her, but then she comes back to him.

Nathan is shown concentrating more on writing music than spending time with his girlfriend (Fields), which frustrates her so she writes a breakup note on his mirror and leaves him, but she eventually returns to him. The band appears singing on the subway and in the rain.

The music video was filmed in New Orleans, Louisiana. It includes footage from Audubon Park, the streetcar, and the French Quarter.

Track listing[edit]

US Maxi-CD

  1. On Bended Knee (Human Rhythm Remix) 5:29
  2. On Bended Knee (Swingamix) 5:26
  3. On Bended Knee (LP Version) 5:29
  4. On Bended Knee (Human Rhythm Remix Instrumental) 5:29
  5. I'll Make Love To You (Remix - Sexy Version) 4:33

US Vinyl, 12", Promo

  • A1On Bended Knee (Human Rhythm Remix Edit) 4:18
  • A2 On Bended Knee (Human Rhythm Remix) 5:28
  • A3 On Bended Knee (Swingamix) 5:26
  • B1 On Bended Knee (Swingamix Edit) 4:24
  • B2 On Bended Knee (LP Version) 5:29
  • B3 On Bended Knee (Human Rhythm Remix Instrumental) 5:29
  • B4 On Bended Knee (A Capella) 5:05

France Vinyl, 12", Promo

  • A On Bended Knee (Album Version) 5:29
  • B1 On Bended Knee (Radio Edit) 4:33
  • B2 Thank You (Untouchable Mix) 5:48

Germany Single

  1. On Bended Knee (Radio Edit) 4:33
  2. End Of The Road (Pop Edit) 3:39

Europe Maxi-CD

  1. On Bended Knee (Radio Edit) 4:33
  2. On Bended Knee (LP Version) 5:29
  3. End Of The Road (Pop Edit) 3:39
  4. Final Del Camino (End Of The Road, Spanish Version) 5:50

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak Position[1]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 7
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 20
Dutch Singles Chart 21
French Singles Chart 34
German Singles Chart 63
Irish Singles Chart 24
New Zealand Singles Chart 4
Scottish Singles Chart[2] 57
UK Singles Chart 20
UK R&B Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 2
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
US Billboard Eurochart Hot 100 55
End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 5

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 14
Preceded by
"I'll Make Love to You" by Boyz II Men
"Here Comes The Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 3, 1994 – December 10, 1994 (first run)
December 31, 1994 – January 21, 1995 (second run)
Succeeded by
"Here Comes The Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze
"Creep" by TLC


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