This Week In 1992: October 11, 1992
1992 really was a year for big ballads — and they didn't come much bigger than the song making its debut on the ARIA chart this week that year.
An emotional ballad written and produced by one of the biggest teams in the business, it made itself at home at number 1 in Australia for a month, which was actually a fraction of the time it spent on top in the US, where it broke the record for the longest chart-topper.
In Australia, our new entry would also go on to have the honour of dethroning Billy Ray Cyrus from the number 1 spot. This week in 1992, "Achy Breaky Heart" spent its second week on top.
Off The Chart
Number 95 "I Missed The Bus" by Kris Kross
Peak: number 95
Number 91 "Mary Mary" by Mantissa
Peak: number 55
They changed their name (from Killing Time) and their chart fortunes (previous release Dream Alone made the top 30) with this single released contemporaneously with debut album Mossy God.
Number 90 "Rest In Piece" by Extreme
Peak: number 76
Don't let the string quartet intro fool you, Extreme were back to their hard rocking ways with this lead single from third album III Sides To Every Story.
Number 80 "Iron Lion Zion" by Bob Marley
Peak: number 71
Just as "One Love/People Get Ready" had promoted Legend eight years earlier, so too was this early-'70s song issued as a single in support of the Songs Of Freedom box set.
Peak: number 46
I didn't see this coming. After four hits from debut album Gonna Make You Sweat — including two top 10 singles — and another top 20 placing with a release as Clivillés & Cole, I would've thought it'd be a given that a brand new song from C+C Music Factory would do well on the chart. But despite being another catchy rap-sung concoction, this single from the soundtrack to the original Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie tanked. Vocals for "Keep It Comin'..." were handled by Deborah Cooper, who'd performed on C&C's remake of "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" and "A Deeper Love", and rapper Q-Unique filling the position previously held by Freedom Williams.
Number 40 "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men
Peak: number 1
While Australia had previously taken to C+C Music Factory with almost as much enthusiasm as America, Boyz II Men hadn't received the same sort of warm reception locally. To date, only one of their four Billboard top 50 hits, "Motownphilly", had made the same section of the chart here — and then only at number 32. But the vocal harmony group made up for lost time with a song that was also a brand new recording taken from a film.
Written and produced by LA Reid, Babyface and Daryl Simmons, "End Of The Road" was included on the LaFace soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's Boomerang. The heartfelt song about the conclusion of a relationship was originally going to be performed by Babyface himself, but Boyz II Men were approached when it was decided it'd suit them better. Indeed, it's hard to imagine the ballad being sung by anyone but the four-piece, who wailed all over the track in what would become their trademark style.
A four-week number 1 in Australia, "End Of The Road" stayed on top for 13 weeks in the US, beating the record long held by Elvis Presley's 11-week chart-topper, "Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog". For me, who'd been a big fan of Boyz II Men's debut album, Cooleyhighharmony, to which "End Of The Road" was added, the song was too plodding and depressing. I can see why it was massive, especially at this time of year, but it just felt so overwrought compared to their earlier releases.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1992:
Next week: follow-ups to two number 2 hits, plus the first post-Guns n' Roses chart appearance by a former member of the band.