This is one of those questions that constantly baffles me. And I don’t think I’ll ever understand the answer. But maybe someone reading can explain it to me.
Why does everyone hate Nickelback?
Last week, when the group was announced to perform at the NHL awards, you’d have thought someone made the decision to replace the Stanley Cup with a life-sized replica of Sean Avery. Thousands of people immediately went online and said “Nickelback? Ewwwwww…..”
Now that they have been announced to perform at Ottawa Bluesfest, I’m seeing it all over again.
Last year, they were to perform at halftime of the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers game on the U.S. Thanksgiving, and people started a petition to have them removed.
A study showed that if you use an online dating site, listing Nickelback as a musical preference is a top turnoff for women.
It just doesn’t make sense to me.
It’s almost like elementary school, when you’re accused of liking a certain boy or girl. You may actually like them, but there’s no way you would tell people that. Instead, you need to keep up the charade. You say “No, I don’t like Susie,” and then spend the next few years wondering how you can get her attention.
Here’s what I think happened: When Nickelback started being successful, people liked them. But as they continued their success, it rubbed people the wrong way, for whatever reason.
So at some point it became “cool” to make fun of Nickelback. So even more people started doing it. But then it went to the extreme, where people felt ashamed to admit they liked Nickelback. After all, it seems as everyone doesn’t like them.
I keep wondering if Nickelback fans attend concerts in a trench coat and a hat to help conceal their identity. Do they even tell people the next day they went to the show?
But there’s no need to feel shame. They’re a good rock band.
According to Billboard, Nickelback was the top rock group of the 2000s decade, and How You Remind Me was listed as the top rock song of the decade. They sell out concerts all over the world.
I’m even getting my young daughters into their music. From about six months of age to 14 months, whenever they were crying, or were fussy, or had trouble falling asleep, all I had to do was start singing Rockstar. It calmed them down right away, and actually became their bedtime lullaby for a while.
I’m not saying these guys are the Rolling Stones, Kiss or anything like that. But they are a good rock band.
And there are plenty of other musical acts out there that are way worse.
But all this hate for Nickelback? It’s silly.
What do you think? Are you a secret Nickelback fan? Or do you hate them with the fire of a thousand suns?