Why the 90s lowest-charting song gives me goosebumps

Cooleyhighharmony Boyz II Men CD cover

On this day, back in 1992 – a song debuted at the very bottom of Australia’s ARIA charts. Number 100. A song by Boyz II Men.

And the next week, it was gone.

By any normal measure, this song was one of the least successful tracks of the 1990s in Australia. It couldn’t have charted any lower. And yet, for Hitz listeners – its importance vastly outweighs its chart success.

The song in question – is It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday by Boyz II Men. It’s a track from their album CooleyHighHarmony which sold over 140,000 copies in Australia. And sure, this slow acapella track doesn’t seem a great fit, for a 1990s youth station more well-known for dance pop and hiphop.

But then there were quite a few of the more emotive R&B/soul hits finding success in 1991-92. Even acapellas were successful on the charts. Another example was If I ever – by Shai. But there’s a reason I’m writing about this particular track today.

A fitting end

As true Hitz fans will recall, It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday was the final track played on every Hitz FM broadcast from the 2nd Hitz broadcast of July 1993 through to November 2001. It was a celebration of weeks/months of onair fun. It caused tears in the studio, and reflection. For listeners, it was a sign you’d have to ‘get your tapes out again’ till the station came back.

And decades later it’s hard not to feel a little sad, every time I hear it.

Trivia: One of the people appearing on a TV in videoclip for It’s So Hard to Say Goodby To Yesterday is Jim Henson (creator of The Muppets) who’d passed away one year before.

So, what are YOUR memories of this track, or Boyz II Men in general…?

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Author: Gabe McGrath

Gabe McGrath is a radio creative and freelance writer. He helped set up 89.9 Hitz FM Melbourne in the 90s. This youth radio station caused a sensation and 30 years later many a 90s kid will smile when 'Hitz' is mentioned. Gabe is working on a book about that era and now blogs about Hitz Melbourne. GabeMcGrath.com includes tonnes of streaming audio recordings, photos, stories and behind-the-scenes info.

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