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10 Reasons to Hate Boyz II Men's "End of the Road"

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6. Egregious Karaoke Butchering

God help you if you're trapped in a karaoke bar and some drunk convinces the DJ to let him attempt "End of the Road." Talented as they were, Boyz II Men were also unrepentant, caterwauling showboats, and bad things happen when regular jerks try to match them note for note.

Or even worse, a group of regular jerks. Harmonizing is harder than it looks, folks.

5. Freaking Boomerang

Remember Boomerang? If you do, it probably ain't fondly. The '90s were a rough decade for Eddie Murphy, and this flick is no exception. Eddie plays a womanizing ad executive who meets his match in new boss Robin Givens, and discovers what it feels like to be played. Somehow, it's even less funny than that sounds. Murphy is at his most hilarious on film when he's playing a beleaguered outsider, not a hot-shot alpha male as he does here.

In fact, Boomerang is best remembered today for its soundtrack, highlighted by the incomprehensible success of "End of the Road." The song was actually a slap-dash affair, with the Boyz taking a four-hour break from touring to record what they considered a decent-if-unspectacular tune by L.A. Reid and Babyface.

4. I Will Always Hate You

Elvis' "Hound Dog" held the record for most weeks at No. 1 for nearly 40 years. Pretty incredible, right? And how long did "End of the Road," that Hank Aaron to "Hound Dog's" Babe Ruth, hold the title? A lousy 17 weeks. The song to boot it from the top spot? Another godawful soundtrack ballad, Whitney Houston's intolerable version of "I Will Always Love You."

Whitney spent 14 weeks at No. 1, showing Boyz II Men how a real diva belts one out. Even more histrionic and inescapable than "End of the Road," "I Will Always Love You" made us want to suck on a hot tailpipe. Improbably, it wouldn't be long before the Boyz took back their crown with ANOTHER cruel auditory assault...

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Nathan Smith
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