YMMV: Nickelback

  • Awesome Music: "How You Remind Me"
    • "Burn It to the Ground".
  • Critic-Proof: Most major critics despise Nickelback, but they've still managed to become very successful.
  • Critical Dissonance: They are constantly at the receiving end of criticism, and yet they have managed to sell millions of albums, along with several big singles.
  • Deader Than Disco: Perhaps best illustrated with a line from the Fantastic Four Rifftrax, "Wait, Nickelback is an actual band? All this time I just thought it was a derogatory term for a terrible band."
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: "Rockstar". Seriously, it was supposed to be a Stealth Parody of the stereotypical rockstar lifestyle, with its intentionally over-the-top lyrics. Except it completely backfired.
    • Probably because the song does nothing to actually deride the lifestyle. Yeah, they say you've got a drug dealer on speed dial or you'll be popping your pills from a Pez dispenser; but at the same time, it's describing the big bus you'll be riding around in with your old guitars, getting into the Playboy mansion, or dating a centerfold model and having enough money to let her spend it willy-nilly. No one's going to deny all those things sound awesome. The lyrics are supposed to be over-the-top, but anyone with an ear in modern society knows very well that real-life celebrities will get to enjoy these amenities and a whole lot more, too.
  • Epic Riff: "Burn It to the Ground", "Something in Your Mouth", "Someday", "How You Remind Me", "Another Hole In The Head".
  • Face of the Band: Chad Kroeger.
  • Guilty Pleasure: "Rockstar" seems to be the one Nickelback song that it's okay to like.
    • Although "Rockstar" was used heavily in some sofa commercials in England, which can be seen by some as putting it in the league as other songs used in adverts. Not to mention it had a large amount of airplay on the radio, still a really great song though.
    • That and "Into The Night" and "Why Don't You & I" (though they're both Misattributed, and are actually Santana songs featuring Chad Kroeger, which might explain why people like them) Also "This Afternoon".
    • Likewise even people who hate Nickelback admit to liking "Lullaby" because of how close to home the lyrics are for many people (just look at the YouTube comments on the song)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Rockstar" uses the lyrics "I'm gonna sing those songs that offend the censors". When the song was released as a single, it ended up getting censored.
    • The band lambasted Guitar Hero, which, at least in their opinions, detracted people from learning real instruments. Two years later, their songs are on Rock Band.
    • Jokes about people hating on Canada because of Nickelback become funny (and outdated) when you realize there is a Canadian musician far, far more hated than them.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: What many of their older fans think. And for a band with such a vocal Hatedom and so few people claim to like publically, you'd think they'd get less airplay and make less money.
  • Memetic Mutation: The whole "Nickelback is the worst band ever!" thing has shades of this.
    • The opening of "Photograph" has become a persistent meme in and of itself.
      • But the question still remains: What the hell was on Joey's head?
  • Misattributed Song: The Spider-Man single "Hero" is often attributed to Nickelback, when it was a Chad solo song, along with Saliva frontman Josey Scott. (with Chad's brother Mike on the bass, Matt Cameron on the drums, and Tyler Connoly on guitar)
    • And Tyler Connoly was a last minute additions. Originally the guitar solo was supposed to be recorded by Jerry Cantrell.
    • The song "Into the Night" often suffers this too. In actuality, it is a Santana song which features Chad Kroeger (vocals).
    • Ditto for "Why Don't You And I?" despite the obvious presence of Santana's signature guitar, although most radio stations played a version with The Calling's Alex Band on it instead, due to issues between the different labels.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Lullaby"
  • Snark Bait: Especially on the Internet, where things like this occur.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The way that non-fans and non-haters regard them is that, while they aren't out-and-out awful, they're not good enough to be as famous as they are.
  • What an Idiot: "Jim" and his group in the song "Get 'Em Up", who plan to rob a bank together. The bank is closed because it's Sunday, and there's a cop car parked right across the street. Since they had to find parking a block away, someone should have noticed this.