When Boyz II Men landed atop the pop charts for a whopping 13 weeks with 1992’s “End of the Road,” it made the song the biggest pop hit in 45 years. At that point, only the Francis Craig Orchestra had topped the charts longer – 17 weeks with the 1947 hit “Near You.”
It seemed to not only be a feat that would stand for a long time, but but certainly couldn’t be repeated by the same group. Both assumptions would be wrong.
Shockingly, only one #1 song separated “End of the Road” from 14-week-chart topper “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. Determined to maintain their place in history, Boyz II Men stormed the charts again in 1994 with I’ll Make Love to You, the lead single from II. The song, which matched Whitney’s 14-week run, would be knocked out by II’s second single, On Bended Knee.
“On Bended Knee” wasn’t quite as big as “I’ll Make Love to You,” but Boyz II Men would top themselves yet again – the very next year their duet with Mariah Carey, “One Sweet Day,” would land atop the charts for an astonishing 16 weeks. With three monster smashes in just a few years’ time, “Boyz II Men assured their place…[in] history” (Erlewine).
“Not surprisingly, II is a carefully constructed crowd pleaser, accentuating all of the finest moments from their hit debut. While there are some high-energy dance tracks, the album’s main strength is its slower numbers, where the group's vocals soar” (Erlewine).