Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that the Canadian post-grunge rock band Nickelback has had some commercial success.
So AccuRadio decided to find out how each state feels about the band using data from their play-share across all channels. This is The United States of Nickelback.
Why to Love Nickelback
Nickelback has released 35 singles worldwide, 22 of which have made a top-10 chart in the United States. Not bad.
In 2006, Nickelback received the World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Rock Artist, beating some well-known artists like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay.
“Chad Kroeger is a genius because he knows exactly what people want and precisely how far he can go. He turned out an extremely racy album that’s loaded with songs about gettin’ drunk and doin’ it all without breaking any taboos.” –Chart Attack
Why to Hate Nickelback
In 2013, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine named Nickelback the second worst band of the 1990’s behind only Creed.
“Rock and roll is dying because people became O.K., with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.” –Patrick Carney, drummer of The Black Keys
In 2011, more than fifty thousand people signed an online petition to protest the fact that Nickelback had been hired to play the halftime show at the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving game.
“Hating Nickelback is the last form of pop music monoculture. It is, in other words, the only thing on which music fans can seem to agree.” –Steven Hyden, Grantland
So how does your state feel about Nickelback?
Top 10 States That Love Nickelback
How can you blame them? They’re almost in Canada where Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful musical groups having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.
9. New Jersey
This state keeps getting better and better!
8. North Dakota
In 2014, Nickelback was the most searched term in South Dakota. So their brother to the north jumped on the bandwagon too.
According to Estately.com, Fort Wayne is home to the 3rd highest concentration of Nickelback fans.
5. West Virginia
Take them home.
Idaho, I don’t know.
Another state with only around 12 people voting.
The least populated state coming in at number 2? Makes sense.
You can thank the Las Vegas strip.
Top 10 States That Hate Nickelback
They seem to hate everything outside of Iowa.
7. New York
It’s the No. 1 tourist destination in the U.S. for Canadians.
Is this even a state anymore?
The Boston Phoenix called Nickelback “the worst band in the history of music.”
Any state I can walk across doesn’t count.
All that Ben and Jerry’s and maple syrup has Vermont on an angry sugar rush.
They struggle with words. Maybe love and hate mean the same thing, like Mahalo.
1. Rhode Island
Small and pissed off, just how we like it.
Regardless of which side of the spectrum you fall under, one thing is certain. Nickelback is doing something right.
“They keep ragging on the band. If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band and we probably would have died out years ago. They don’t know that they’re still responsible for us being around today.”
-Chad Kroeger, Nickelback