10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

The Canadian band formed by Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair, and Ryan Peake, finds it hard to believe that despite having a career that expands more than 25 years, there has always been negativity towards the band from the beginning to the present day.

Unlike most rock/metal bands, Nickelback has not only achieved significant commercial success, but is also considered to be at the top level in the music industry. In their early days, the guys managed to have some local success, but the doors to a wider market seemed to be closed. It wasn’t until the early 2000s when these guys started to be recognized both nationally and internationally. Their single “How You Remind Me” was a worldwide hit, keeping the band’s flag at the top of the charts for a considerable time.

Many thought that the members would continue with the genre that had secured a spot as international artists. However, their plans were different, as it is normal for artists to seek to reinvent themselves. After a while, their more commercial identity unleashed the hatred of many. And these are the claims on the internet, why Nickelback gets so much hate:

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10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

The band has achieved a great deal of fame among their many followers, however, many criticisms have arisen for their unoriginal and not at all established style.

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Claim #1 – Roadrunner Records signing Nickelback

It all supposedly started after they signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999. This label had a reputation for producing bands dedicated only to metal, but from the beginning, Nickelback’s concept was not entirely consistent with this. Many fans of the bands that worked with this label considered that there was no place for good reception, so the mockery and criticism were not long in coming.

Fans of the genre, through various social networks, blogs, and Reddit threads have opened debates on why they don’t like the band, and due to this huge response, this is how Nickelback earned the nickname of “the band that destroyed Roadrunner Records”.

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Roadrunner Records has been responsible for the growth of many Metal bands. However, haters point out that Nickelback tarnished their reputation.

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Claim #2 – Roadrunner Records was not willing to lose money, so they bought their hit

Due to the public reaction, everything pointed to the fact that the label wouldn’t start generating profit after acquiring their newest rock band. Roadrunner Records was not willing to accept this reality and decided to invest a lot of their resources to make sure the band would be a success.

This maneuver paid off, and the band began to acquire awards and worldwide recognition. This move, far from shutting the hater’s mouths, gave them new arguments to hate them, even though the success was evident.

Some people went so far as to claim that Nickelback was proof that any band, even if they had no talent, could be famous if they invested a good amount of money into it. This claim quickly went viral and was even used by other rock celebrities.

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Given a ploy on the part of Roadrunner Records to increase the band’s acceptance, haters began to indicate that the fame achieved by Nickelback was not well deserved

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Claim #3 – Nickelback has not defined a specific genre in rock

There are many bands that are quite specific with their character when they enter the music scene; a specific and inflexible idea of what they will do with their music. On the other side of the coin, those who are developing new ways to be true to their roots while pushing their innovation forward. Nickelback, in this way, chose the least respected path. While fans were expecting them to improve their sound to an established level, just like other classic bands, they went closer to commercial as much as possible.

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Not having a defined style has caused many people to misrepresent the band. In addition to that, the band tends to write songs with the style that is in fashion, which has attracted more haters

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Claim #4 – Nickelback compose songs according to the genre that is in fashion

When a band has a group of haters, any reason seems valid to criticize. You must understand that when trying to define this band, you can’t assign a specific sound to it. Bands can experiment with their sound, but for many it is frowned upon for a rock band to be so changeable and to play and compose according to whatever genre is in fashion at the time. Knowledgeable fans don’t like it when a rock band is unable to maintain its essence, which is why they claim that Nickelback is too changeable for anyone’s taste.


Nickelback official band account on Twitter:
“We’re gonna make your 2020 even worse by releasing a new album this year”

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Claim #5 – Band members do not have enough talent, and renowned artists have shared this opinion

The negative popularity that the Canadian band had acquired was mocked by members of other bands, for example, Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters, who jokingly said that listening to Nickelback’s songs backwards contains messages from the devil, but that it was worse to listen to them in their normal form.

Of course, many agreed with him, and the band has earned the hatred of many around the world, especially the more experienced rock music lovers. Even other celebrities also supported this kind of movement, claiming that its members have no outstanding talent or ability that can be recognized.


10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

Dave Grohl on Twitter;
“If you play a Nickelback song backwards you’ll hear messages from the devil.
Even worse, if you play it forwards you’ll hear Nickelback.

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Claim #6 – They were singled out as the ones responsible for the death of Grunge

It seems that Nickelback emerged at the wrong time, as theories about the origin of their hatred point to other reasons.

Nirvana was a successful band that gave a tremendous boost and popularized grunge in the 90s, and it seems that when Kurt Cobain, their vocalist, died, they also took this genre to the grave. Those who were also in the grunge scene, decided to try other rhythms, so they left a huge vacancy in this genre, which this band tried to fill.

For those fans attached to these successful Grunge bands, it was not nice to see how a new era, post-grunge, was emerging. To see Nickelback taking charge of this, was not to their liking, and even experts say they did not even have a clear idea of what they wanted to do.

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10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

Although the band possesses talent, many other major artists seem to indicate that it is not enough. In addition to this, many accuse the band of representing the death of the Grunge genre that was once dominated by Nirvana

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Claim #7 – Chad Kroeger, being accused of not having charisma and grace on stage

We are all used to the fact that the vocalist of a rock band is usually a guy with a strong and wild image. He doesn’t need to work too much on his image because, by nature, he has that grace that only rebelliousness can bring. Another typical characteristic is to have is an unmatched talent in singing or with some instruments.

In the case of Nickelback, Chad Kroeger seems by many to have a look that is far from typical, and they say they have seen him fail on stage.


10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

Kurt Cobain “we will, we will rock you” business card with Chad Kroeger’s photo meme

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Claim #8 – Science has studied Nickelback trying to understand why so much hate

This band was the subject of a study by the University of Eastern Finland, which made a publication called “Hypocritical Bullshit Performed Through Gritted Teeth: Authenticity Discourses in Nickelback’s Album Reviews in Finnish Media”, where the study showed that the guys copied big influences but did not bring anything new to the scene.

This means that they appropriated certain characteristics of famous bands that had some excellent commercial success but didn’t know how to bring their own essence into their songs.

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10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

This hatred by many people, even ended up being studied by a university, where it was determined that the lack of ability of a band to put their essence in a song, is a decisive factor that can end in hatred towards it

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Claim #9 – Subjects in their songs do not vary

Haters are aware that rock can play diverse themes, as well as stay pigeonholed in a rhythm, but apparently, they forgot that Nickelback can also do this.

Many say that this band’s songs only change the rhythm, but the main idea is always the same subject i.e., sex, love or heartbreak.

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10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

he hatred towards the band can be counted as unjustifiable, because in spite of all their minutiae, they are able to move a large number of fans, and that is not achieved without talent

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Claim #10 – They are commercial and stand out for their mediocrity

Haters say that every time the band enters a recording studio, all they do is generate a completely commercial song and not something genuine. This is criticized, because artistically speaking, they claim that Nickelback does not have a well-crafted song.


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We can’t justify the hatred they have for Nickelback because…

For us, it is more than evident that a band with no talent and hated by everyone can stay in the music scene for more than 25 years.

This time only shows that there is a solid working team that is always looking to reinvent itself and experiment with its sound, not only to please everyone, but to find the true identity of the band.

Nickelback has been a worldwide phenomenon and they had hits that remained in the top charts for a long time. No one can deny that this band has created some anthems that we have chanted more than once.

And even though many claim to hate them, we all know this world-famous band. Their music sounds good, and it is evident that the members have evolved as artists during all these years. Despite everything, they keep making music, because it is something they are passionate about, and that has great merit.


10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has claimed that Nickelback are no longer the world’s most hated band,
with him now bestowing the honour on Las Vegas group; Imagine Dragons.

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News source: Independent UK


All the reasons why Nickelback receives so much hate that we have exposed here, are a compilation of many websites that have been dedicated to organizing this information to show that they don’t like the band.

This hate has also been contributed to by various artists within the genre, as both they and their audience are very firm in their opinions or are well known to influence their audience to agree with their opinions.

This article only seeks to expose the most famous reasons with which haters seek to discredit the band, but none of them belong to us.


10 reasons why Nickelback gets so much hate

3 most overly hated metal bands according to Ultimate Guitar’s Community;
Limp Bizkit, Nickelback, and Avenged Sevenfold.

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News source: Ultimate Guitar