A huge hit on Boyz II Men's second album, this song was written and produced by the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who were best known for their work on most of Janet Jackson's hits, but also had some ballad experience with the track "Tender Love," which they wrote and produced for the Force MD's in 1986. In a Songfacts interview with Jimmy Jam
, he explained: "Boyz II Men, they're so incredibly talented. 'On Bended Knee' came up because we didn't work on their first album, we got to know them on their second album. And our thought was that they sing what we'd like to call 'begging' songs really, really well. And when they played us their album and said, 'We want you guys to add something to this,' we didn't sense that there were any begging songs on there. And so that's how we came up with 'On Bended Knee.'"