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How Nickelback Became The Most Hated Band In The World

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Ask a friend what they think about the band Nickelback and the first reaction you'll get is a scrunched face.

But why does this happen?

This article will try to make sense of how one of the best-selling bands in history became the most hated in the music industry.

The rock band formed in 1995 in Alberta, Canada, consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Ryan Vikedal, who was replaced by Daniel Adair.

They achieved commercial success after the release of their 2001 album Silver Side Up, which featured hit songs like "Leader of Men" and "Hollywood," but some songs on their previous two albums "Curb" and "The State" also bolstered their image in the music industry.

But it was their song "How You Remind Me" that made everyone a Nickelback fan.

The minority of people who admire Nickelback will point out that the band sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, becoming the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 2000s, right behind The Beatles. You have to give it to them, that's quite an achievement.

Before Nickelback became the hilarious punchline of hundreds of internet memes, you were jamming out to their songs on the radio. The melody of their songs were worthy enough to rock to, and the lyrics were catchy enough to sing to.

Now if you try and Google "Nickelback," you'll only find articles that have to do with how hated and awful they are. There was even a crowdfunding campaign to keep them out of London, and a petition with thousands of signatures to replace them at the halftime show at a Lions game years ago.

The answer to why hating this band has become a cultural norm lies here...

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