How Nickelback Became The Most Hated Band In History
Becoming the most hated band ever doesn’t happen overnight. But what is it about this band — which sells out Madison Square Garden and has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide — that makes them so despised? And how can such widespread appeal and infamy coexist side by side? Here’s how Nickelback became the most hated band in music history…
Same song different day | 0:24 A famous diss | 1:07 Chad Kroeger, frat boy | 1:39 Lyrical misogynist | 2:49 Patient zero | 3:44 Furniture ‘Rockstar’ | 4:18 Too cool to give back | 5:13 The internet made us do it | 5:58
Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair. The band went through a few drummer changes between 1995 and 2005, achieving its current lineup when Adair replaced drummer Ryan Vikedal.
Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and ranking as the eleventh best-selling music act, and the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, behind The Beatles. Billboard ranks them the most successful rock group of the decade; their song “How You Remind Me” was listed as the best-selling rock song of the decade and the fourth best-selling of the decade. They were listed number seven on the Billboard top artist of the decade, with four albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade.
The band signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999 and re-released their once-independent album The State. The band achieved commercial success with the release of their 2000 album The State and then they achieved mainstream success with the release of their 2001 album Silver Side Up. Following the release of Silver Side Up the band released their biggest and most known hit today, “How You Remind Me” which peaked number 1 on the American and Canadian charts at the same time. Then, the band’s fourth album The Long Road (2003) spawned 5 singles and continued the band’s mainstream success with their hit single “Someday” which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 at the Canadian Singles Chart. Afterwards, the band put out their biggest album to date, All The Right Reasons (2005) which produced 3 top 10 singles and 5 top 20 singles, on the Billboard Hot 100 example of songs like “Photograph“, “Far Away“, and “Rockstar“. The band’s album Dark Horse (2008) was a success which produced eight singles, one of which peaked on the top 10 on the BillboardHot 100 and two of which peaked on the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, the band released their seventh album Here and Now which again topped the charts. Their eighth studio album No Fixed Address was released on 17 November 2014, and their ninth studio album, Feed the Machine, was released on June 16, 2017.
The band is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band’s original domestic signing was with EMI Canada. They subsequently obtained an American deal with global distribution via Roadrunner Records. For the release of their seventh album, the band parted from EMI Canada and signed a new Canadian domestic distribution deal with Universal Music Canada
Review aggregator Metacritic reports that five of Nickelback’s six most recent studio albums since becoming a mainstream act, The Long Road, All the Right Reasons, Dark Horse, Here and Now, and No Fixed Address, have scores of 62, 41, 49, 51, and 54, respectively, out of 100, indicating generally mixed reviews. AllMusic reviewer Liana Jones gave their first commercially successful album, Silver Side Up, 3-stars out of 5, and complimented their “intensity and raw passion” and realistic storytelling.
Following their 2008 album, Dark Horse, ChartAttack credited the band’s success to knowing their target audience: “Chad Kroeger is a genius because he knows exactly what people want and precisely how far he can go. He turned out an extremely racy album that’s loaded with songs about gettin’ drunk and doin’ it all without breaking any taboos, and with enough love and moral authority to grease its passage into the mainstream. Rejoice, North America. This is your world.” Billboard gave praise to the band: “The bulletproof Nickelback provides affordable fun that promises good returns in hard times.” Various fellow musicians like Chris Martin of Coldplay as well as R&B singers Timbaland and Keyshia Cole support the band.
Nickelback have been criticized for over-use of themes involving strippers, sex, prostitutes, drugs, and alcohol consumption, and for the derivative, repetitive and formulaic nature of their music.In November 2011, users of the music-oriented dating site Tastebuds.fm voted Nickelback as the number one musical turnoff, edging out Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. In May 2013, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine named Nickelback the second worst band of the 1990s, behind only Creed