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Nickelback

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade progressed, effectively eclipsing those acts that had once informed the band's sound.

Chad Kroeger honed his frontman skills by performing with cover bands in Hanna, a small Canadian town 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. After growing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfather and relocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playing sibling, decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriended the Kroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officially took shape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full-length album Curb -- before the year was up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike handled distribution, Vikedal booked shows, and Peake maintained the band's website.

January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release. Issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State, logging approximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback's commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who came to prominence in the early '90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon's self-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used during The State's creation. The combination of Nickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album charts across the world, spearheaded by the hit single "How You Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producing another Vancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva's Josey Scott for the Spider-Man soundtrack. The Long Road then arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high-charting single, "Someday." While some listeners criticized the apparent similarities between "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The Long Road had little trouble maintaining Nickelback's wide audience, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide.

In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All the Right Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback's most popular effort to date, remaining in the Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. It also spawned five Top 20 singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) Mutt Lange. Nickelback traveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they also enlisted him to helm their next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixth studio album upon its release in November 2008. Nickelback's seventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum-selling Dark Horse. The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together," hit the streets on November 21, 2011.

The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortly after their working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together their first compilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol. 1, which appeared in November of 2013; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. In 2014 the band's contract with Roadrunner expired and they decided not to renew, signing instead with Universal Republic for their eighth album, No Fixed Address. The album included a number of departures from Nickelback's usual fare, including radio-friendly "What Are You Waiting For?," the politicized "Edge of a Revolution," and "Got Me Runnin' 'Round," which featured a horn section and rapper Flo Rida. No Fixed Address appeared in November 2014. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: No Fixed Address

1. Million Miles An Hour

2. Edge Of A Revolution

3. What Are You Waiting For?

4. She Keeps Me Up

5. Make Me Believe Again

6. Satellite

7. Get 'Em Up

8. The Hammer's Coming Down

9. Miss You

10. Got Me Runnin' Round (Feat. Flo Rida)

11. Sister Sin

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Track List: Here And Now

1. This Means War

2. Bottoms Up

3. When We Stand Together

4. Midnight Queen

5. Gotta Get Me Some

6. Lullaby

7. Kiss It Goodbye

8. Trying Not To Love You

9. Holding On To Heaven

10. Everything I Wanna Do

11. Don't Ever Let It End

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Track List: Dark Horse

1. Something In Your Mouth

2. Burn It To The Ground

3. Gotta Be Somebody

4. I'd Come For You

5. Next Go Round

6. Just To Get High

7. Never Gonna Be Alone

8. Shakin' Hands

9. S.E.X.

10. If Today Was Your Last Day

11. This Afternoon

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Track List: The Long Road

1. Flat On The Floor

2. Do This Anymore

3. Someday

4. Believe It Or Not

5. Feelin' Way Too Damn Good

6. Because Of You

7. Figured You Out

8. Should've Listened

9. Throw Yourself Away

10. Another Hole In The Head

11. See You At The Show

12. Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)

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Track List: Silver Side Up

1. Never Again

2. How You Remind Me

3. Woke Up This Morning

4. Too Bad

5. Just For

6. Hollywood

7. Look What Your Money Bought

8. Where Do I Hide

9. Hangnail

10. Good Times Gone

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Track List: The State

1. Breathe

2. Cowboy Hat

3. Leader Of Men

4. Old Enough

5. Worthy To Say

6. Diggin' This

7. Deep

8. One Last Run

9. Not Leavin' Yet

10. Hold Out Your Hand

11. Leader Of Men

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Track List: Curb

1. Little Friend

2. Pusher

3. Detangler

4. Curb

5. Where?

6. Falls Back On

7. Sea Groove

8. Fly

9. Just For

10. Left

11. Window Shopper

12. I Don't Have

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Track List: All The Right Reasons

1. Follow You Home

2. Fight For All The Wrong Reasons

3. Photograph

4. Animals

5. Savin' Me

6. Far Away

7. Next Contestant

8. Side Of A Bullet

9. If Everyone Cared

10. Someone That You're With

11. Rockstar

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Track List: Bottoms Up (Single)

1. Bottoms Up

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Track List: Edge Of A Revolution (Single)

1. Edge Of A Revolution

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Track List: What Are You Waiting For? (Single)

1. What Are You Waiting For?

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Track List: When We Stand Together (Single)

1. When We Stand Together

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DONT READ THIS.YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOU LIFE.NOWYOU' V E STARTED READING THIS.DONT STOP THIS IS FREAKY.BUTIF YOU READ THIS AND IGNORE IT YOU WILL GET BAD LUCK.PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MIN.WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACE BAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO CREEPY CAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS.....
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Matty ,u obviously ain't got a clue about music! I guess u like that n**gers rap s**t for music!!
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f u matty
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gotta be somebody
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Photograph is their best song, or rockstar
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Some people just don't get the genius behind this band. Nearly 200,000 Pandora people do.
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This band had one good song in its whole career. Easily the most overrated one hit wonder band ever. Kroeger sounds like he's getting a bat shoved up his butt while being electrocuted . Absolutely horrible voice.
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My dad I love this band so much. We get excited when they come out with a new album. Love them so much. ������
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In the very beginning I thought it was gonna go hard rock gutair. Guess not.......
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I'm 13 years old and I love them that has to say something about them.
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Easily the band that has 3 haters for every fan.
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1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 say your name
4 say a school day
5 post this on 5 other songs
Result your crush will ask you out
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sincerestile s 0 6
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Lllllllpll
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Rock star is the best song by them ;) ✌️��
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Burn it to the ground is one of your best songs.
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Pain without love
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I love you and your
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lindsie.alem a n
Far Away
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Die in each others arms heaven
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Paula who gees teally
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My favorite
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Worst band eva
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lindsie.alem a n
Far Away
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Savin 'me
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If we all loved & nobody lied n nobody died what a World this would be. Im sad 4 all the hate in this World....
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Love your music nickelback
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lindsie.alem a n
Far Away
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Bigtommy
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Not a big Nickelback fan but this song has a memorable spot in my heart. RIP my friend.. Everytime I hear it ur thought of. I'd Come 4 U..... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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lindsie.alem a n
Far Away
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Okay, I genuinely like Nickelback, but they get the most hate! Like, chill out, there're not bad at all! I like listening to their music. Stop hating, I don't understand!
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my favorite band ever
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Best band ever
NICKELBACK
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This song reminds me of my rill mom
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Haether
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Jarret baber MlissaE
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I like your band and your band awesome
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This band rocks
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Just play this Fiant
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grocerygirl3 4
Bro this band ROCKS!!!!
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like this band a lot - I never understood all the after the fact hate by people who once loved a band and then suddenly say they hate them.

these guys were the last real rock stars

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Nobody wants to be the last one here!!!!!!!! ! !
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Ask me I know...
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If today was my last day, hmm, I don't know.
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Anything by this group appeals to me
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Why does anyone who hate it come to comment?
Just because your taste sucks doesn't mean everyone else's has to...
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