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Extreme's music was never easy to classify, since it rarely confined itself to heavy metal, hard rock, or pop. The Massachusetts-based band formed in 1985; guitarist Nuno Bettencourt had already played in a local band with bassist Pat Badger, while singer Gary Cherone fronted his own group with drummer Paul Geary. The two bands eventually merged, and Cherone and Bettencourt formed a songwriting partnership that would soon place Extreme atop the Billboard charts, if only for a short period. Coupling the technical proficiency of Bettencourt's guitar with a funky rhythmic base, the band issued a self-titled debut album in 1989. It peaked at number 80 -- a modest showing for a new, unseasoned band -- and the song "Play with Me" was used to orchestrate the chase scene during Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Extreme had begun to earn respect in the heavy metal world, but it wasn't until the arrival of the band's follow-up effort, Pornograffitti (particularly the the Everly Brothers-style acoustic ballad "More Than Words"), that a mainstream audience latched onto the group's sound. "More Than Words" became a number one hit, while its follow-up single, an acoustic-based pop/rocker titled "Hole Hearted," hit number four. Extreme were now one of the most popular acts in the pop-metal genre, but the looming arrival of grunge music -- not to mention the band's own shifting tastes -- combined to make Extreme's reign relatively short-lived. The band's third album, III Sides to Every Story, was an ambitious effort whose sales (while strong at first) couldn't match those of Pornograffitti. Geary left the lineup soon after, seeking a career in music business instead, and a revised version of the band (featuring the percussion of Mike Mangini, formerly of Annihilator) returned in 1995 with Waiting for the Punchline. It, too, suffered from a lack of sales. Accordingly, Extreme's bandmates announced their breakup the following year. Bettencourt went on to launch a solo career and issued the Schizophonic album in 1997; he then released two additional albums with his band Mourning Widows. Meanwhile, Cherone enjoyed a brief stint as the vocalist for Van Halen. His one album with the band, 1998's Van Halen III, was slammed by critics and fans alike, resulting in poor sales and Cherone's speedy exit. A 13-track best-of collection titled An Accidental Collision of Atoms kept Extreme's legacy alive in 2000, and the band quietly reunited in 2004 for a small series of shows. The reunion gigs continued into 2008, when a new album, Saudades de Rock, marked the group's first batch of new material in 13 years. It was followed by a lengthy tour, and the next few years saw the band continuing to write new material and tour occasionally, but between Bettencourt going on tour with Rihanna and Cherone's new project Hurtsmile, Extreme kept getting put on the sidelines. In 2016 the band released Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown, an audio/video presentation of its 2015 concert at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Casino. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    2 songs

    Wedding Songs

    Wedding Songs
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    Lite Hits
    1 song

    '90s Pop

    1 song

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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   More Than Words
  3.   Hole Hearted
  4.   Get the Funk Out
  5.   Mutha (Don't Wanna Go to School Today)
  6.   Play With Me
  7.   Decadence Dance
  8.   Wind Me Up
  9.   Little Girls
  10.   Kid Ego
  11.   Rest in Peace
  12.   King of the Ladies
  13.   II Am I Ever Gonna Change
  14.   Rock a Bye Bye
  15.   It ('s a Monster)
  16.   Sex N' Love
  17.   Learn to Love
  18.   When I'm President
  19.   God Isn't Dead?
  20.   Stop the World
  21.   Cupid's Dead
  22.   Big Boy's Don't Cry
  23.   III Who Cares?
  24.   Politicalamity
  25.   Rise n' Shine
  26.   Interface
  27.   Ghost
  28.   Comfortably Dumb
  29.   Star
  30.   Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
  31.   Li'l Jack Horny
  32.   Shadow Boxing
  33.   Midnight Express
  34.   I Rise 'N Shine
  35.   Seven Sundays
  36.   Tragic Comic
  37.   There Is No God
  38.   Waiting for the Punchline
  39.   Red Blooded Woman
  40.   Slide
  41.   Run
  42.   Take Us Alive
  43.   Teacher's Pet
  44.   Song for Love
  45.   He-Man Woman Hater
  46.   When I First Kissed You
  47.   Pornograffitti
  48.   Money (In God We Trust)
  49.   No Respect
  50.   Leave Me Alone
  51.   Hip Today
  52.   Tell Me Something I Don't Know
  53.   Cynical
  54.   Our Father
  55.   Peacemaker Die
  56.   Color Me Blind
  57.   Am I Ever Gonna Change
  58.   Warheads
  59.   Help
  60.   Tubthumping
  61.   Discotheque
  62.   Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee
  63.   Nice Place To Visit
  64.   Peace (Saudade)
  65.   Sunrise
  66.   Evilangelist
  67.   Flesh N' Blood
  68.   Naked
  69.   Unconditionally
  70.   Watching, Waiting
  71.   Last Hour
  72.   Smoke Signals
  73.   Flower Man

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