Song: “End Of The Road” by Boyz II Men
Reached #1: August 15, 1992 (their first, 13 weeks)
“End Of The Road” was actually a kind of throwaway song. Boyz II Men took a few hours between tour stops to dash off the song, written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds for Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang soundtrack. Nobody expected much, as the movie was looking a bit… dicey.
The movie surprised a little, doing credible box office.
The song surprised a lot, grabbing the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 – and refusing to let go. By the time the song was done at the top spot, not only was it Motown’s biggest #1, it had (depending on how you rank pre-Hot 100 #1’s) tied or broken the record for longest-lasting #1 single. What song had the record? That answer is actually just a few days away…
Boyz II Men has hovered around that longest-lasting #1 single mark ever since. The song that followed Boyz II Men at #1, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, broke Boyz II Men’s mark by going 14 weeks at #1. But that’s OK, as Boyz II Men teamed up with a ‘90s diva to shatter that record, going 16 weeks at #1 with a collaboration for the ages (and you’ll hear more about that one later this year, too).
All of this chart history is a good thing – I’d hate for Boyz II Men’s legacy to be “the band that Shawn Stockman was part of before The Sing-Off”.
Tomorrow, a return visit by a singer who’s made a career of controversy…
Other songs that reached #1 on August 15:
1960 – “It’s Now Or Never” by Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires (his thirteenth, 5 weeks)
1964 – “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin (his second, 1 week)
1981 – “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Ross’ sixth, 9 weeks)