Throwback Thursday: Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”
In the summer of ’92, Boyz II Men was just over a year into its career. The group had released four singles and cracked the top 5 with two of them. Nathan, Michael, Shawn and Wanya were legitimate stars. However, with the group’s fifth single, “End of the Road,” they were about to become superstars.
“End of the Road” was released as the second single from the Boomerang soundtrack. Written and produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons, the song is a lavish display of vocal talent and emotion. It would become Boyz II Men’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a then-record-breaking 13 weeks at the top of the charts. That record would be broken that very year by Whitney (14 weeks), after which Boyz II Men matched her record, and then broke their own record with an assist from Mariah (16 weeks).
“End of the Road” is literally one of the biggest hits ever and would be the biggest song in most artists’ catalog, but it is only Boyz II Men’s third-biggest hit. Because they were in their bag like that in the early-to-mid ’90s.
We wouldn’t need a reason to celebrate this classic, but with today being Nathan Morris’ birthday, we certainly have one. Click play and sing your heart out.