Finnish student: Here's why everyone hates Nickelback

As you may have heard by now, you don’t like Nickelback.

And it’s not just because disliking Nickelback is popular. There are real reasons behind it, which you may or may not have been aware of. Finnish student Salli Anttonen explained in a recent study why the dislike for the band is so widely accepted.


The Canadian band Nickelback has faced substantial negative feedback in the media. This article examines discourses constructed in the critiques of the band, focusing on the theme of authenticity, by analysing reviews of the band from Finnish media in the time frame of 2000–2014. Traditional discourses of authenticity are widely present in the critical reception, valuing uncommercialism, subversiveness, correspondence of art and persona, originality and truth in particular.

The study cites a tweet from an Australian police department, charging the band of “crimes against music,” and goes on to say that this is indicative of a general feeling that Nickelback has become so generic to its genre since starting, that it’s basically corn flakes. Just plain old corn flakes. She didn’t actually say corn flakes, but we were all thinking it.

“Nickelback is too much of everything to be enough of something,” Anttonen says. “They follow genre expectations too well which is seen as empty imitation.”

And while the consensus is that Nickelback is a wet blanket on music, there are still those who are so stinkin’ die hard. We salute you.

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Blayne Waterloo is a reporter for Fly. She loves food, books, her dogs, her husband... and food.

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