YMMV: Nickelback

  • Awesome Music: "How You Remind Me".
    • "Burn It to the Ground".
    • "Rockstar".
    • "Edge of a Revolution" is a pretty hardcore song.
  • 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: 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    • Jokes about people hating on Canada because of Nickelback become funny (and outdated) when you realize there is a Canadian musician far, far more hated than them.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 actually gotten more of a cumulative effect— people hate on Canada due to giving the rest of the world Bieber, Nickelback, Drake, Avril Lavigne, CÚline Dion, Deadmau5, The Weeknd etc.
    • On the other hand, Canada also gave us great artists like Beck, Arcade Fire, Rush, Metric, Alexisonfire, Billy Talent and Joni Mitchell but they're very much overshadowed by the bad ones.
  • 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. In particular, editing the word 'photograph' and the photo in the frame to something else, like this.
      • 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.