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

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