Nickelback are a hard rock band(they are NOT Nu-Metal, Nu-metal is Linkin Park!) from Hanna, Alberta(although most of the band now live in Vancouver). They formed in 1996, the original line up being Chad Kroeger(lead vocals and guitar), Mike Kroeger (bass), Ryan Peake (guitars and backing vocals), and Brandon Kroeger(drums). This lineup recorded the Curb, but soon after Brandon left as he wanted to spend more time with his family. After numerous session drummers, Nickelback found Ryan Vikedal, who Ryan Peake had known of from high school. This line up recorded the State, which got them noticed by RoadRunner records. The single Leader Of Men was released in the USA. During 2001, the band recorded their break through album, Silver Side Up. This album contained the biggest song of 2002, How You Remind Me. It also contained, Too Bad, Never Again, and Where Do I Hide, all of which enjoyed success in the charts. After 2 year of touring, the band went back int othe studio to record The Long Road. Whislt this album contained some good tracks, the majority of the songs were lacking the memorableness that had made Silver Side Up such a huge album. Some say that How You Remind Me and Someday are the same song. As a musician, I can say they definately are not. Someday has had its key changed, and has also been shortened(I know because I spoke to the person who did it!). The band's latest album is entitled All The Right Reasons, and is a return to form. The riffs are heavy and memorable, and the lighter songs see the introduction of piano and strings. The album also contains a tribute to Dimebag Darrell, entitled Side Of A Bullet, with a sampled solo that Dime's brother, Vinnie Paul, sent Nickelback for the track(Dimebag and Vinnie were friends with Nickelback).

I hope this description is fair, as Nickelback have been given an unfair bashing by some people. If you don't like them, fair enough, but don't slag them off.
Nickelback got their name when Mike, their bassist, was working at Starbucks. A coffee was $1.95, so when people gave him two dollars, he got used to saying, "here's your nickel back". This is how they got their name.
by Nickthebassist June 21, 2006
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Another mediocre somewhat popular nu-metal band, this time, from Canada, which isn't a surprise considering their musical track record (Avril, Celine Dion, Barenaked Ladies, etc). Lead singer Chad is an extremely nasal "Marlboro Man" type vocalist who sounds constipated on a permenant basis. Guitar consists mostly of easy-to-play power chords that give the band a "tough" sound to the untrained ear, but a closer look reveals a band that has nothing to offer creatively. They were recently exposed recycling their music in their two hit singles, "How You Remind Me" and "Someday", which sound nearly identical when played simultaneously.
Nickelback should simply give up.
by Chernorizets Hrabr August 11, 2004
the act of willfully allowing one's ears to bleed.
I was Nickelbacking so the school nurse sent me home early.
by aqueoustrans January 02, 2005
Horrible band. Plain and simple. Most of their songs sound nearly identical, because they have no musical talent or creativity. Just because you can play some power chords does not make you a good guitar player. Just because you can write sappy love songs with almost the same melody for every song does not make you a good songwriter. This band is like cyanide for my ears, and it is very hard for me to understand what people hear in their music. Maybe they had one or two catchy little hits, but next time really listen to what they are playing and compare it to a band such as, The Strokes. Tell me what sounds better and more creative. If you say Nickelback, then you are entitled to your opinion of course, but I feel very sorry for you, because you will never learn to appreciate actual talented musical expression. I'm not saying stop listening to Nickelback if you really like them, im simply saying expand your musical horizon. There is better, more thought provoking stuff out there.
Nickelback Fan: Dude, Nickelback effin rocks bro, did you hear their guitarist jam on those power chords, man that was amazing!

Smart Person: a fuckin brain idiot...
by Chadkroegerblowz April 12, 2006
a shitty band, the lead singer seriously needs a cough drop and is the ugliest fucker i have ever seen
You fucking suck
by mimi-amie March 18, 2006
See overrated, fraud, untalented. A fake ass excuse for a so called "Post Grunge" band. But in reality they're not grunge. They're a subgenre of rock known as "Nu-Metal". Usually Loved by pre-teens, they are easily called the "greatest rock band ever", but anyone with a brain and passion for music will know that it's crap. If anyone has actually gone through every song that Nickelback has produced, you'd notice that most of the song melodies in Nickelback's songs sound exactly identical to one another. This PROVES that Nickelback obviously have no talent. And are frauds.
Nickelback are one of the worst bands to ever exist.
by a real music enthusiast June 11, 2006
probably the worst band in the world right now. They use the same 3 power chords for every song which attributes to them all sounding the same.The singer (i dont care to remember his name) tries so hard to be eddie vetter but just sucks.the rhythem section is tottaly uninspired and the solos which are rarely heard due to the guitar player sucking are so easy and bland a 3 year old could play them easily. also they often try to appear like rock n roll "bad boys" by :o drinking alchohol. wow slash died for like half an hour when he o.d thats bad. being 25 and in Nickelback and drinkin half a corona thats weak.If anyone actually bothered to play a guitar or any insturment they would realize this band is totally gay
Nickelback sucks. why is rush the only good and talented canadian rock band?
by larry122 July 31, 2006
Why do I hate Nickelback so much? They perpetuate the sadness of honoring mediocre and un-original non-creative music. Because of their unwillingness to actually think, the mindless masses are not forced to actually use their minds and demand better. Nickelback is a clear-cut example of why our art is in a state of stale, regurgitated darkness, and the true artists are forced to remain on the underground circuit. The longer this goes on, the worse our kids will have it.
random human - "I don't care what you say, I love Nickelback."
me - <tears>
by mazmonsters October 11, 2010
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