More Than Words

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"More Than Words"
Single by Extreme
from the album Extreme II: Pornograffitti
Released March 23, 1991 (1991-03-23)
Format CD maxi, 7", 12", cassette single
Recorded 1990
Genre Acoustic rock
Length 5:40 (album version)
4:09 (radio edit)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Nuno Bettencourt
Gary Cherone
Producer(s) Michael Wagener
Extreme singles chronology
"Get the Funk Out"
(1991)
"More Than Words"
(1991)
"Hole Hearted"
(1991)

"More Than Words" is a ballad written and originally performed by the rock band Extreme. It is built around acoustic guitar work by Nuno Bettencourt and the vocals of Gary Cherone (with harmony vocals from Bettencourt). Released in 1990 on the album Extreme II: Pornograffiti, the song marked a departure from the funk metal that had permeated the band's style previous to its release.

The song was described by Bettencourt as a song warning that the phrase "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.'"[1] The song's music video was filmed in black and white and was produced and directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

Parodies[edit]

The video for "More Than Words" was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic for his original song, "You Don't Love Me Anymore". The comedic duo Paul and Storm produced an original pastiche of the song entitled "More Than Two" on their album Gumbo Pants. Also, Amateur Transplants wrote a comedic song to the same tune as "More Than Words" entitled "Northern Birds", which was released on their 2006 album "We Are So Bad". The video was also parodied by Jason Segel and the cast of How I Met Your Mother in an online tie-in music video on the episode "The Sexless Innkeeper". An Indian styled version of the song and video was parodied by Mike Myers in his film "The Love Guru". ApologetiX asserts the proposition to Christians that they cannot earn salvation with "More than Works".

Chart performances[edit]

On March 23, 1991, "More Than Words" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 81 and soon after reached number one. It also reached number two in the United Kingdom, where the group had success before its American breakthrough. Though they had made a few European charts before, this brought the band to their first mainstream success in the United States.

Extreme followed "More Than Words" with another power ballad, "Hole Hearted", which was slightly faster paced than "More Than Words", but nevertheless topped at number four in the United States and number three in Canada.

Westlife version[edit]

"More Than Words"
Promotional single by Westlife from the album Grandes Exitos and Westlife
Released 1999; 2002 (single)
Format 3" CD single (CD3)
Genre Pop
Length 3:53
Label Sony BMG/ Lideres
Writer Nuno Bettencourt
Gary Cherone
Producer Steve Mac

Irish boyband Westlife covered the song for their debut-album Westlife and released as promotional single in their Venezuelan only compilation album Grandes Exitos, peaking at #3 on the Venezuelan singles chart. The single featured exclusive remixes of three of the group's biggest hits.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "More Than Words
  2. "I Lay My Love on You (Single Remix)
  3. "World of Our Own (Single Remix)
  4. "Uptown Girl (Radio Edit)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Venezuelan Singles Chart 3

Other cover versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "More Than Words" — 5:33
  2. "Kid Ego" — 4:04
  3. "Nice Place to Visit" — 3:16
7" single
  1. "More Than Words (Remix)" — 3:43
  2. "Nice Place to Visit" — 3:16

Charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"I Don't Wanna Cry" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 8, 1991
Succeeded by
"Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul
Preceded by
"Rhythm of My Heart" by Rod Stewart
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
June 8, 1991 – June 29, 1991
Preceded by
"Are You Ready" by AC/DC
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
July 5, 1991
Succeeded by
"I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
Preceded by
"Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" by Crystal Waters
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
July 13, 1991
Succeeded by
"Driver's Seat" by Sniff 'n' the Tears

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billik, Kira L. (1991-06-20). "Extreme: Boston Group Riding the Funk-O-Metal Machine". Albany Herald. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Westlife - More than Words (Single)". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Westlife - More than Words (Single)". Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "More Than Words", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  5. ^ Canadian Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved September 28, 2008)
  6. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  7. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  8. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  9. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  10. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 29, 2008)
  11. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 29, 2008)
  12. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 29, 2008)
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  14. ^ Canada certifications cria.ca (Retrieved August 29, 2008)
  15. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved September 11, 2008)
  16. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 29, 2008)
  17. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 29, 2008)

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