Flashback Friday – “More Than Words” by Extreme

“Saying ‘I Love You’ is not the words I want to hear from you” – The grammar may be atrocious, but oh….how this song makes my heart melt! This acoustic power ballad became a number one hit on the Billboard charts, released on the album titled “Extreme II – Pornograffiti.” Due to the title of the album, my dad would only let me purchase the cassette single (after reluctantly listening to it with me on VH1.)
extreme more than words“More Than Words” by Extreme came out in 1991, at the height of my crush on a boy who could play the guitar. Not only did he have flowing golden blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes…he could play “More Than Words” on the guitar! He could sing *almost* as good as singer Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt, who wrote this song warning that saying “I love you” was becoming meaningless: “People use it so easily and so lightly that they think you can say that and fix everything, or you can say that and everything’s OK. Sometimes you have to do more and you have to show it – there’s other ways to say ‘I love you.'” This song become popular on stations from Hard Rock to Easy Listening, and it was even a theme song to one of  the formal dances I attended in high school. The song has been parodied by performers from Weird Al to the How I Met Your Mother cast.

Time to fess up: who’s kissed a crush while listening to this song?


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