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

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