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Nickelback

Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade progressed, effectively eclipsing those acts that had once informed the band's sound.

Chad Kroeger honed his frontman skills by performing with cover bands in Hanna, a small Canadian town 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. After growing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfather and relocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playing sibling, decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriended the Kroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officially took shape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full-length album Curb -- before the year was up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike handled distribution, Vikedal booked shows, and Peake maintained the band's website.

January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release. Issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State, logging approximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback's commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who came to prominence in the early '90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon's self-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used during The State's creation. The combination of Nickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album charts across the world, spearheaded by the hit single "How You Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producing another Vancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva's Josey Scott for the Spider-Man soundtrack. The Long Road then arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high-charting single, "Someday." While some listeners criticized the apparent similarities between "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The Long Road had little trouble maintaining Nickelback's wide audience, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide.

In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All the Right Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback's most popular effort to date, remaining in the Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. It also spawned five Top 20 singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) Mutt Lange. Nickelback traveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they also enlisted him to helm their next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixth studio album upon its release in November 2008. Nickelback's seventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum-selling Dark Horse. The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together," hit the streets on November 21, 2011.

The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortly after their working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together their first compilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol. 1, which appeared in November of 2013; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. In 2014 the band's contract with Roadrunner expired and they decided not to renew, signing instead with Universal Republic for their eighth album, No Fixed Address. The album included a number of departures from Nickelback's usual fare, including radio-friendly "What Are You Waiting For?," the politicized "Edge of a Revolution," and "Got Me Runnin' 'Round," which featured a horn section and rapper Flo Rida. No Fixed Address appeared in November 2014. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: When We Stand Together (Single)

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Leader of Men. All else fails with these mainstream sell outs . Only two things come from Canada. Bad beer and bad music.
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I love this band! One of my absolute favorites!
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Good songs
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Kiss your hand 5 times post on 2 songs look at hand
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Everything > bumrock
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I love this band
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1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out
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Yeah kristen, their all the same damn troll. He has nothing better to do but piss people off. Nothing but a worthless bum is all. That little nutsac, flying homo are the same people. So don't mind that worthless troll.
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a coler
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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1 kiss your hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 post this on 15 different songs and your crush will ask you out
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Yo mama so stupid, when she listened to Nickelback's dark horse album, she told everyone it was the best thing ever. The end. They're hated for a good reason
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FOLLOW ME IF UR AWESOME
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AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Rock out with ya c**k out B....es....L i k e Me
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You mama so stupid she thought nickelback was a refund! :-D
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Ok
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My FAVORITE BAND EVER!!!! LOVE all their songs!!!����
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megan1490
I heard this song from the missing children and abused children videos
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Nickleback is the all time favorite band i never grow tired of listening to. Love them!!!!
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nicko252008
Nutsac and flying HOMO are the same TROLL. HAhAHaha he eats dhicks for dinner, then His mom smells his dhick burps. Haha what a phaggot.
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Nickelback is AMAZING!!!!! ! I grew up listening to Nickelback and Hinder. My dad got me into then and now it's a bond that is still there between my dad and I. Stop hating on Nickelback because I can name plenty of GREAT songs by them.
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nickelback is loved in america and hated everywhere else. Germany hates nickelback.
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cream of the crAp
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Flyinghomo really? Breaking Benjamin? Hahahaha
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I love nickleback this band was the band I started sing with and everything
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Anyone who hates get the hell out
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So far away
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they were mainstream and hated by nearly everyone. Rockerpr**k has it all wrong, they had one good song. You guys should listen to something better like Deftones or Breaking Benjamin
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they are soo great
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I love Nickelback They Rock
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That's great .Love it
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My first fav song from Nickelback was Rockstar but now and always will be If Everyone Cared
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U guys r awesome u rock
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I love you guys !!!!!!!!!!!!
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I love this Song
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Hey little nut sac, why are you talking s**t on your band and yourself. We all know you jam to nickelback so quit acting like you hate them now. You need to be honest man. Nobody cares who you like. You just bring it on by talking nonsence. I guess thats what linkin park does to you. Or nwa or whatever pop s**t you listen to. Just another follower of ignorance. Hope you know that fat nutsac aka little sac.
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Burn it to the ground is my favorite❤❤
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nicko252008
Pay the TROLL toll to flying homo and small ballbag.
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I just listened to their song Photograph and it was amazing! I love these guys! :):)
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I like them, and I don't give a care about what anyone thinks about it. I'm a valedictoria n and listen to lyrics more than anything. In defense of the group, their lyrics are relatively powerful. Thank you, and goodnight.
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Actually, KingWeavile is right about Leader of Men. Other than that, they suck. Just look at mimimmvo, the dumbest piece of s**t on the planet
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They nvr get old. (^ν^)
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It appears that Nickleback fans are illiterate hillbillies too and can't read. Nickleback SUCKS. They had one good song. Now they're mainstream sellout twats that should be deported back to Canada for making terrible pop music.
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What's your problem?
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Fk ALL MEN!! THEY ARE ALL FULL OF LIES AND BULLSHIT!! FK THEM ALL!! IM FINALLY MAKING MY FINAL MOVE TO BE FARWAY FROM YOU BECAUSE ALL YOU HAVE DONE AND ALL YOU DO IS FKN LIE TO ME, THEN WALK OUT MY LIFE AND LEAVE ME BROKEN HEARTED. IT HURTS TOO MUCH BECAUSE I SINCERELY LOVED YOU BUT IM MOVING ON.
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"Hold on to me and never let me go..."
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Ashley like nickelback song for me and my boyfriend Andy
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I was a rockstar for 15 minutes!
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A lot of people have also said they had one good song, which was Leader of Men. I currently only have one hate comment from a hipster. I would still recommend their song leader of men
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If everyone cared would be a better place having a relationship with someone now moving back to Indy and wish have a little more time with her but have do whats best but really like having romance in my life
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