Our Top 10 World On Edge Songs list features the band’s best songs like “Still Beating,” “Wash the Rain,” “Only the Lonely” and many more. For the short period of time World On Edge rocked as a group, they earned a loyal fan following in 1991 after releasing their self-titled debut studio album. In 1992, the Canadian-based rock band was nominated as the Most Promising Group of the Year at the Juno Awards.
When World On Edge first made their impression as a recording artist, they quickly earned a fan following thanks to Rob Meyer’s performance as the band’s lead vocalist. He, along with keyboardist Jon Daniels, guitarist Peter Hopkins, and bassist Steph Thompson, the boys from Quebec seemed to literally have the world at their fingertips as one of Canada’s rising talents in the music industry.
Their debut album scored six top forty hits on the official Canadian music charts. It also became certified gold by Music Canada. When it came to the group’s music videos, fans couldn’t get enough. 1991 and 1992 witnessed World On Edge at the top of their game as rockers who knew how to captivate an audience. Between their talent as musicians and the glam-style looks that were common among hair bands, drawing in a crowd didn’t seem to be a problem for Meyers and his bandmates at the time.
In 1992, the band embarked on a tour that included opening for Roxette while this Swedish-based group toured across Canada. At the time, the momentum for World On Edge was in their favor and fans were anticipating a follow-up album that would pick up where their debut recording left off.
However, this would not be the case as 1993 witnessed the four-man roster release a follow-up album that didn’t receive nearly as much attention as World on Edge did. Against All Gods was a flop. Not even the music video belonging to “Who Shot Harry” received any airtime. As a result, the discouraged roster of Daniels, Hopkins, Meyers, and Thompson went their separate ways and World on Edge was no more.
Although their career run was short, it still made a solid enough impression on a fan base that still remembers them today. Although three decades have passed since their debut, World on Edge continues to have some of their musical material played by an audience that actually extends beyond the borders of Canada.
Although World on Edge became no more, that didn’t end Rob Meyer’s career as a recording artist. As a soloist and in collaborations he has released songs such as “Calling Christmas” in 2016, as well as “Freedom” for the 2022 fundraising album set for Ukraine, WhyPeopleWar.
Top 10 World On Edge Songs
#10 – Love Like Candy
Released in 1992, “Love Like Candy” became the sixth single from World on Edge’s debut album that would earn success on the Canadian Singles Chart. Although it only peaked as high as number eighty-nine, it still made an impression on fans who were so into the group at the time it seemed as if they could do no wrong.
“Love Like Candy” featured Rob Meyer inviting a potential love interest to spend some time with him so he could shower her with affection. As for the fans, they savored this song for the sweet performance given by what was a smoking hot band at the time.
#9 – Big Sky
Although “Big Sky” failed to chart after it was released in 1993, it still made an impression among the fans who were still loyal to World on Edge. Both the song and the video received very little airtime, causing the momentum of this Canadian-based rock group to slow down.
The subject matter of “Big Sky” suggested a young girl was inappropriately treated by her parents. Because of this, the radio stations were reluctant to play it. Canada’s version of MTV, Muchmusic, did play the video but rarely. Among the fans who have listened to “Big Sky,” many were in agreement this was a sure-fire hit that was just a bit ahead of its time.
#8 – Who Shot Harry
When “Who Shot Harry” was released as a single from 1993’s Against All Gods, it failed to win the same amount of attention as any of the material that came from World on Edge’s debut album. As a music video, it was blocked by Canada’s Muchmusic, which ultimately put the brakes on the momentum Rob Meyer and his bandmates enjoyed.
“Who Shot Harry” met the same fate as “Big Sky” as a song and a video. In the song, Rob Meyer sang about revenge that involved violence. This also played a role in Muchmusic’s refusal to air the music video as it felt the subject matter was inappropriate.
#7 – Keep on Talking
Coming from World on Edge’s debut album, “Keep on Talking” became a popular song in 1991 despite the fact it wasn’t released as a single. In it, Rob Meyer’s complaint about his love interest found common ground among fans who could relate. The frustration of the other half constantly talking was made quite clear in Meyer’s lyrics.
“Keep on Talking” was catchy enough to cause fans to play it on the radio. It was widely agreed if World on Edge shot a music video for this song and it was aired on Muchmusic it would have become yet another hit for the band.
#6 – Burning Bridges
While Rob Meyer was noted for his vocal talent, Jon Daniels, Peter Hopkins, and Steph Thompson each made their own mark that defined World on Edge as Canada’s hottest rock group from 1991 until 1993. Although “Burning Bridges” failed to make an impression on the music charts, it had no trouble winning over the fans the moment the piano kicked it off.
Throw in the harmonica, plus the guitars and drums and you have an energetic number on your hands that’s hard to ignore. “Burning Bridges” was a song that took no prisoners as it focused on moving forward without looking back. At the time, that’s exactly what World on Edge was set to do as a rock band. Their debut album, which this song came from, sold enough copies in Canada to become certified gold.
Speaking as a fan, “Burning Bridges” stood out as a jazzy number that rocked the audience as World on Edge’s most energetic number.
#5 – Little Lack of Love
“Little Lack of Love” was a song released by World on Edge in 1991 that peaked as high as number thirty-two on the Canadian Singles Chart. Fueled with synth, this was a song that had Rob Meyer crave for more from the love interest he was addressing at the time.
The appeal behind “Lack of Love” was the soft rock approach that became World on Edge’s trademark. At the time, many Canadian fans often compared Rob Meyer’s vocals to Jon Bon Jovi, wondering what could have been if only World on Edge stayed together as a band just a little bit longer.
#4 – Standing, Push and Fall
On the Canadian Singles Chart, “Standing, Push and Fall” became a number twenty-two hit after it was released in 1991. At this point, it was the fourth song in a row from World on Edge’s debut album to become a hit since “Still Beating.”
Between the saxophone and Jon Daniels on the keyboard starting “Standing, Push and Fall,” the formula for another sure-fire hit was there for Rob Meyer to capitalize on. This he seemed to do with ease as his incredible vocal talent once again demonstrated why World on Edge had such an explosive start and why the Canadian music industry looked upon them as the nation’s next big thing.
The song dealt with a man’s eagerness to be there for his loved one at her beckoned call. It also suggested there was some mistreatment as she seemed to take advantage of him, knowing he’d be there for her no matter what. Among the fans who could relate, this especially struck a chord with them.
#3 – Only the Lonely
“Only the Lonely” was the follow-up single behind the debut of “Still Beating.” In 1991, this tune peaked on the Canadian Singles Chart at number fourteen. This catchy number had Rob Meyer point out everything he’s done for his love interest was for her benefit. He also pointed out his heart was aching because apparently, she didn’t care to notice.
The song, as well as the music video, came across as an oddly playful number but it worked. In fact, there were several World on Edge fans at the time that was more than willing to cure Meyer’s loneliness in their own way.
#2 – Wash the Rain
As a single, “Wash the Rain” became a number fourteen hit on the Canadian Singles Chart after it was released in 1991. As a song, Rob Meyer sang about the desire to cleanse himself from the pain felt due to circumstances that seemed beyond his control. This became one of World on Edge’s most popular hits not long after it was released.
The appeal behind “Wash the Rain” and why it still remains a Canadian favorite was how easy it was for fans to relate to it. It was a song that revealed each person’s vulnerability whenever a situation came about that forced them to do some soul-searching. As a group, this was the kind of subject matter that mostly fueled the brand of music they delivered to the audience.
#1 – Still Beating
“Still Beating” was the debut single released from World on Edge’s first studio album. The song itself came out before the album did as it already peaked at number eighteen on the Canadian Singles Chart in 1990. World on Edge, as an album, wasn’t released until 1991.
The song actually became a source of inspiration among the fans who were dealing with issues of their own. Rob Meyer’s lyrical delivery made it clear despite the mix of heartache and disappointment, he was still moving forward. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, it was the decision to pick up the pieces and keep going.
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