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“More Than Words”

Extreme | 1990

In the early Nineties, more than a few metal bands picked up acoustic guitars and scored breakthrough hits, including Mr. Big ("To Be With You") and Saigon Kick ("Love is on the Way"). But the first in line was Extreme, with "More Than Words." Having a huge smash with "Words" had a downside, according to Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone. "This song has been a blessing and a curse over the years for Extreme," he said. "The band resented this song for a while because it was the one and sometimes only song people knew from us. We learned to embrace it, though; now it’s a special song to us."

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“Vans”

The Pack | 2006

Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

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