Editor’s note: Way Back Wednesdays is a feature where one of us reminisces about one or two songs in the past that really clicked with us, and still does to this day.
In 1992, legendary R&B group, Boyz II Men, released “End of the Road.” This song was the group’s first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, staying at the top chart for a then-record 13 weeks. (Ironically, Boyz II Men still holds the record for most weeks at number one, with their hit with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day.”) It also went on to win the Grammy for Best R&B song as well as Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal.
“End of the Road” is an iconic Boyz II Men song. Their vocals meld perfectly together, and the segment after 3:40 is such a beautiful section of a capella. Personally, I love hearing Michael McCary’s rich bass voice during that section, as it provides so much depth.
Frankly, there are so many things that are just perfect with this song. While I’m not asking for a return to the days when R&B was king, if we could just have a bit more music like this nowadays, I would appreciate American music a lot more.
Below, you’ll find two videos. One is the official music video for End of the Road. (Check out that ‘90s fashion!) The second is Legaci’s cover of End of the Road. (For those who don’t know, Legaci sing backup for Justin Bieber on his tours.)