A punk/goth (whatever you want it to be) store that has sold out with rap, country, pop. Oh and can't forget the posers.
Sad.
Me with boyfriend:

Me: Maybe they'll have a new Cannibal Corpse shir...oh my god...
Bf: What?
Me: What the fuck is that!? Why the fuck is a lady gaga shirt in here..oh my god theres more! Country artists? Gross. They've sold out!

Bf: And what the fuck are they playing? Rap? God...
Me: Oh my god lets leave, this is disgusting, Hot Topic is a fucking sell out...

(true story) :p
by LadyOfCarnage March 22, 2010
A Store nothing more. A store based on music. Some people who shop there consider themselves "goth" or "punk". Most people call it a "poser store" but your only a poser if you consider youself "goth" or "punk" because you shop there. I personally started shopping there after i saw some cute stuff from there in seventeen magazine and checked out the site. I fell in love with half the stuff there and love it. The stuff there is more my style than some other stores. But i dont consider myself "goth" or "punk" or a "rebel" because I shop there.
Poser- Im going to shop at hot topic Im SOO cool im going to buy a *Ramones T-shirt so every thinks im cool and retro!

Normal person- Wow i like that bag Im going go buy it, not because it makes me think im cool, because i actually like it

* No Offense to the Ramones, Awesome band
by Just Because I can April 02, 2007
The place for rebellious teens who think they're going against the popular trend by buying dirtbaggish clothes, yet are unknowingly giving their money to the same company that runs such preppy places as Abercrombie & Fitch against which they are supposedly rebelling. How's that for being duped, you wannabe hippie scumbags?
I'm such a rebel that I'm gonna go buy all my shitty clothes at Hot Topic, just like everyone el...wait a minute, am I rebelling or am I being f***ed with?!
by Liquidon Snake December 12, 2006
a store where you buy cloths.so wwhat if you are a prep, punk, goth, nerd, emo, metal-head, loser, whatever! if you like what they sell, you buy it! how can you saying you shop at hot topic mean you're a fuckin poser? "oh, yeah. hot topic! they have some awesome wrist bands and band tees." "you fucking poser!" <--- thats what you people sound like. you know, judgeing people by where they shop or something. god! get lives! if you're calling someone a poser cuz they shop at certain place, then you're the poser.
an exeption: teeny boppers. (sorry, but....yeah teenies are....) but w/e, its who they are.
by chickenpantspooper March 05, 2005
A store for suburban pseudo-anti-capitalists to buy Anarchy and Good Charlotte shirts. A place where subcultures are marketed and confused children filled with fake angst come to by chain wallets and complex looking pants. A store that sells horrible music with the exceptions of an occasion indie, ebm, or prog. metal sampler.
That asshole had more Blink 182 albums than a Hot Topic store.
by John September 05, 2003
A store that in its heyday ('90s-'10s) had mass appeal to faggoths, "edgy" skater kids, pop punkers and other strumous tenderlings. Common items sold there in this period included ridiculous kinky parachute pants, useless Happy Bunny accessories, CDs by Korn, HIM, Avril Lavigne and shirts displaying unfunny "ironic" slogans and overplayed pop culture references. With the decline of mallgoth fad the store renovated its image to appeal to "scene" bandwagon jumpers, replacing dominatrix pants with ball-splitting skinny jeans, nu metal CDs with screechy metalcore and endless HIM paraphernalia with neon-gore t-shirts of "scene" bands like Bring Me the Horizon and Blood on the Dance Floor. With its continuing declining sales, Hot Topic has also tried to appeal to a more "preppy" crowd by peddling worthless Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj merch. The store's bankruptcy is becoming increasingly imminent, with the "scene" trend going out of style, replaced by swaggotry, a fad already catered to by Zumiez that Hot Topic could never pull off due to its "goffik" roots. The other prominent youth trend of the '10s, hipsterdom, is one Hot Topic could never take advantage of as no hipster would ever shop at such a "mnstrm" outlet (they prefer American Eagle). And old Hot Topic shoppers are butthurt they no longer have a place to pick up edgy BDSM getups, heartagram dildos and Happy Bunny thongs. Looks like an appropriately dark future for Hot Topic...
faggoth: I just spent $85 on a pair of Tripp parachute pants at hot topic because I'm liek sooo edgy and nonconformist like that
real goth: fuck off I'm trying to read Paradise Lost and your faggotry is drowning out my Nick Cave -_-
by DemiurgicGenesis October 21, 2012
its all about the music.
theee end.
1st person: i wanna show people i love the band atreyu..but yea..how?

2nd person: oh go to hot topic ;
by joanneee July 28, 2007

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