In Defense of Nickelback

By Hannah Mungovan

It may not be a surprise to you that Nickelback’s music is not just a cliché but also an aggressively mediocre cliché. Their poor choice of lyrics, draining harmonies and repetitive melodies are just some of the reasons why this band is bombarded with criticism. With the arrival of Nickeblock, a program promising individuals a Nickelback free browser, the hatred received by the Canadian quartet has erupted in the last year. However, I think this is unfounded.

I’m no stranger to difficult arguments, but the task of defending my interest in a band that it is supremely socially acceptable to hate is not an enviable position. Nickelback has a lot more to offer than songs about photographs and how today could be your last day. With over 20 million albums sold worldwide and 15 million Facebook likes, surely they must be doing something right?

For one thing, there aren’t many things you can count on in this world. But Nickelback is one of them. When you buy an album, you know exactly what you’re going to get. And let’s be honest, who hasn’t had a Nickelback song stuck in their head? Their songs are clearly hits. When I say that I like Nickelback, I mean that I can sit through one of many of their albums and genuinely enjoy the experience. So why not give Nickelback a chance. You never know, you may actually like them!

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