Best songs by Extreme songs besides ‘More Than Words’

Extreme is an American rock band formed in 1985 in Malden, Massachusetts. The band’s original lineup consisted of vocalist Gary Cherone, guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, bassist Pat Badger, and drummer Paul Geary. They gained popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s with their fusion of hard rock, heavy metal, and funk influences.

Extreme’s breakthrough came with their second album, “Extreme II: Pornograffitti,” released in 1990. The album spawned the hit singles “More Than Words” and “Hole Hearted,” which showcased the band’s softer, acoustic-driven side. The ballad “More Than Words” became their biggest hit, reaching the top of the charts in several countries.

Boston rockers Extreme might star one of the all-time great shredders in the shape of whammy-whacking, dive-bombing, fleet-fingered axeman Nuno Bettencourt, so it’s somewhat ironic that the band’s biggest song is the much-loved acoustic ballad, More Than Words, which features none of the above.   

It’s a song with more than half a billion Spotify plays in the bank, a mere 1500% increase over the band’s second most-played song, which just happens to be a remix of… yes, you guessed it, More Than Words. You could be forgiven for thinking they’d only written one song, but – as excellent new Extreme album Six happily proves – they’re a band absolutely dripping with bangers.

Despite the band’s commercial success, they faced challenges in maintaining their popularity and evolving their sound. Their subsequent albums, such as “III Sides to Every Story” (1992) and “Waiting for the Punchline” (1995), explored different musical styles and received critical acclaim but didn’t achieve the same level of commercial success as their earlier work.

In the late 1990s, Extreme went on hiatus, and various members pursued other projects. However, they reunited in the early 2000s and released new material. In 2008, the band released their fifth studio album, “Saudades de Rock.” They have continued to perform live and release music intermittently since then.

Extreme is often praised for their musicianship, with Nuno Bettencourt’s guitar skills and Gary Cherone’s versatile vocal range being notable highlights. Their music blends elements of hard rock, heavy metal, funk, and sometimes incorporates acoustic and melodic elements.

So here’s six of the best Extreme songs. That aren’t, you know, More Than Words. Teacher’s Pet (Extreme, 1999)

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