Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music

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1MetallicaMetallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

For me, it's when they released the Load album. This album, and every other album after it, is nothing more than either alternative or hard rock. Death Magnetic tries, but falls short, in my opinion. Why is Metallica alienating their fan base? Change your image back to thrash metal. Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax don't seem to have an issue with it.

All their early material from the 80's is amazing, top of the line metal music. Compare it to some of their stuff after, and its hard to believe that they are the same band. When I think of the term selling out, I think of Metallica.

They were one of the top metal bands around back in the 80s, now they are just remembered for what they did in the 80s. If Metallica stuck to its roots it would still be on top and would probably be considered the greatest metal band of all time. They still are either considered the greatest metal band of all time or the second greatest to Iron Maiden. From the Black Album and on they have sold out if they stuck to their thrash roots they would probably have came out with albums just as good if not better than their first four albums

Okay okay... now listen Hardwired and later we talk

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2Maroon 5Maroon 5 is an American pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. Before the current group was established, the original four members, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael Mickey Madden and Ryan Dusick, formed a band known as Kara's Flowers in 1994, while they were still in high school.

Metallica biggest sellouts ever? Lol no, at least they kept within the overall genre of metal, these guys had such a great style of rock and funk combined, which was rare in popular music nowadays, suddenly they threw it away and went from Maroon 5 to Maroon 8 (or however the hell many members there are now) or more accurately, Adam levine 1, do the other members even exist now? All you hear is the most generic, mind numbing electronic pop garbage backed with completely rehashed lyrics from all their previous stuff, they are now a shell OF a shell of what they used to be

Their first album, "Kara's Flowers" was an alternative rock/pop-punk album. Yeah. It barely sold any copies, so they became a soft rock band with their second album, "Songs About Jane." This was arguably a sellout record, but it was not that bad. Later, they weren't selling well, and switched from soft rock to pure pop, and sold a ton. They follow the money.

I almost want to cry when I hear a song off of "overexposed". It disgusts me how they destroyed everything they built with their first three albums. "Songs about jane" was funk/alternative rock for the masses and it was excellent. "it wont be soon before long" was more retro sounding but brilliant nonetheless. "Hands all over" was a mix of the two with more Michael jacksonesque sounds in it. "Overexposed" is the quintessential sell out album in recent history. Maroon 5 wasnt selling well so they ditched every shred of rock in their music and made a ton of cash.

They did sell out but at least they came back

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3Green DayGreen Day are an American punk rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock . Some of their influences ...read more.

Sure they started out as punk rock, but at least they generally stayed as some form of punk, even in American Idiot. It was still an album about rebellion, just this time against the government when previously they rebelled against society.

Forgot who they were, Punk Rockers. Who gives a rats ass what other people think.

They went from songs like jaded take back geek stink breath to wake me up when September ends and last night on earth. Generic pop songs. At least in the last 3 albums they weren't aiming for money

Green Day wanted to be punk

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4Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt that she should go to Nashville to begin ...read more.

She's terrible now and always was, but there's no doubt she changed herself to get more money and fame. But for those saying she should be #1, you've clearly never heard Metallica.

Okay. Taylor Swift should be number one. She is the biggest sellout in music history. She went from country in her early years and singing along side of and sharing the same stage with definitely Leppard to modern pop music. What? You can'y do that!

How have we gone from acoustic country to the worst song in all of the music industry?

I don't mind Taylor Swift now and Style is an awesome song but she totally sold out

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5Linkin Park

I don't agree much with Led Zeppelin and Wheezer being on here... And especially Dave Grohl, because I enjoy the FF new albums :/ but definitely LP deserves this, they are standard teen "metal". And much of their songs sound the same. I also thin A7X should be an honorable mention, especially during City of Evil... But then they sort of got unpopular after Nightmare. They aren't bad, because I like them, but they REALLY sold out after leaving metalcore.

And Billy Corgan? Really?

Hybrid Theory and Meteora were both awesome albums. Then, Minutes to Midnight was released and it became evident which direction Linkin Park was going. In One Thousand Suns, they continued in this direction. Finally, LP claimed they would "go back to their roots" on Living Things. However, that just proved that LP had forgotten it's roots and will forever live as the biggest sell outs in history. - Potat

If anything, they did the exact opposite. It would be more like selling out for them to go in their old direction because their old fans wants it. You wanna know why they changed? Because they like their new sound.

Linkin parks first few albums were actually alright but when I heard samples of songs from there new album and on the radio it is complete pop

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6Snoop DoggCordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.

In my opinion, he should be number 1. He started promoting terrible rappers like Far East Movement and Wiz Khalifa. And he started rapping with a lot of terrible artists (Lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus, Big Time Rush, Jason Derulo, Psy, Soulja Boy, Katy Perry, the list goes on). He even said that Lil Wayne is dope!

How is this guy not higher?! He really is one of the biggest sellouts in music history! Really!

He didn't sellout, in fact he was probably more popular as a rapper than as reggae artist.

Started as clown and continues being a clown. How he ever got "respect" is beyond me.

He literally does anything if they pay him

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7UsherUsher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, but raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee was where he lived until moving to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 12 where his mother put him in local singing competitions all over the city.
8KISSKiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

How are these guys not in the top 10? Kiss has sold out pretty much every single way possible.

Why is nirvana on this list? The over-merchandising of Nirvana started after Kurt's death, and everything about "In Utero" is far from selling out, it's the exact opposite.

Beth and I was made for loving you like the songs or not you got to call it like you see it and how is A7X sell outs they are the best they sell out just because the lead singer Mshadow doesn't want to scream himself hoarse he wanted to sing the horror he wanted to sing! There last album also had screaming and in god hates us and there new single not ready to die

Pushing KISS merchandise on talk shows has only served one purpose; telling the world how much Gene Simmons has sold out.

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9Lil WayneDwayne Michael Carter, Jr., also known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. He was signed to Cash Money Records by Birdman at a young age . He has been critically acclaimed and even more panned throughout his career . He's often criticized for constantly talking about money, girls, and ...read more.

He's not a sellout he's just plain bad

Whoever voted him here is wrong, he sucked when he started rap and sucks now he's not the biggest sellout but he's the worst rapper of all time. - matthewwilliams2

It's hard to believe that this is true honestly - Metalmaniakkk

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10U2U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

They sold out in the mid-2000's and their new music is horrible. I don't like them any more. - Powerfultekin

They aren't exactly good anymore

U2 are the very definition of 'Sellout'. They don't care what they do as long as there's a nice cheque.

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?Liz PhairElizabeth Clark Phair is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist born on April 17, 1967 in Connecticut. ...read more.V1 Comment

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11The Black Eyed PeasThe Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and singer Fergie.

A group who have sold out, not once but twice. Originally they were a supposedly legit band who had respect in the hip hop community. Fergie then joined, and they became a pretty good pop band for a while. Then I Gotta Feeling came along, and they lost any semblance of identity to become generic soulless pop-dance music that occupy the charts these days. Thankfully they went on hiatus before they steeped too much further in that part of their career, clearly due to diminishing returns. When they inevitably reunite, they should hopefully return to what they originally were, but the chances on that are sadly slim. A sellout in every sense of the word. - Mrveteran

This group apparently used to be an actual band and play instruments. I didn't know this now since they use computerized will.I.am beats and autotune in all of their songs. Almost as big of a sellout as Taylor Swift.

In the beginning, they were a well-respected rap group. Then came Fergie and they turned to crap. The final straw was The E.N.D., featuring that "I Gotta Feeling" song that idiots made more popular than anything Elvis or Simon and Garfunkel released. (NO JOKE.)

They say they make good music, that's selling out because there lying.

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12Fall Out BoyFall Out Boy is an American rock band formed in Wilmette, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in 2001. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, guitarist Joe Trohman, and drummer Andy Hurley.

They never sold out. They just evolved their sound with every album. Artists aren't allowed to ever change? - beccax3x3x3x3

They definitely sold out. Compare songs like sugar we're going down to pop rock GARBAGE like centuries or my songs know what you did in the dark.

They sold out after the hiatus. How can you compare save rock and roll to classics like take this to your grave?

Newest albums post 08' enough said

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13WeezerWeezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1992, currently consisting of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner.

Back to the shack is basically an apology for selling out so there ya go

Weezer never sold out. They just began making crappy music. Pinkertons obviously their best album in terms of sincerity though. It's so confessional...but anyway, their most recent album, Everything Will Be Alright In the End, is like an apology for the horrid music they made. It's a well crafted album with the lead single "Back to the Shack" which is telling fans sorry.

They are coming back from the dead. Their 2016 album was great.

Eh. Weezer didn't really sellout but their music definitely got terrible.

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1430 Seconds to MarsThirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević.

They went from border-line metal to electronic, techno crap. They're all talented, but they cover up that talent with awful dance beats. (Up in the air is a perfect example).

I used to like them a lot and then they made a song with Kanye West. Well, that pretty much sums it up.

15Billy CorganWilliam Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Who's the dumbass who put him here Smashing Pumpkins are awesome - matthewwilliams2

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16EminemEminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 172 million albums making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Rapping with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj is enough to make him a sellout.

He should've changed his name to SellOut.

His first 6 albums were the best and he's sellout after a few mediocre songs you guys don't know talent - matthewwilliams2

Devil worshiper

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17KornKorn is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.V1 Comment
18Dave GrohlDavid Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

I don't think he necessarily sold out because I still really like Foo Fighters but it definitely does sound different than Nirvana. I like both Nirvana and Foo Fighters but I can understand why many Nirvana fans don't like Foo Fighters, because they're two totally different bands with totally different sounds

This no talent hack should kiss kurt cobains ass for the rest of his life for making him rich and famous.

Why was he on the annoying orange show? Just curious.

Just a sellout in it for the money.

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19Kanye WestKanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, and fashion designer. He was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. After West's parents divorced, him and his single mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 10, West temporarily moved to Nanjing, China, because his mother was teaching ...read more.

Kanye likes fish sticks and his wife is a hobbit South Park is awesome - matthewwilliams2

What was there to sell out? He got his real start producing for people like Jay-Z. He wasn't acting like a demagogue at the beginning but later he painted himself as a narcissistic poster child for hipster hop.

He started a religion called Westism, in which he is God. Biggest doofus on the planet.

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20Miley Cyrus

In my opinion, she should be #1. She started out a perfectly respectable up in comer in the music and film industry. Now she makes me embarrassed to be In Her age group. She completely abandoned her initial fan base to represent what? White trash and anarchy? It would be one thing if that's who she was when she first made her debut but there was never a glimmer of that person before this "transformation". She says it's because she "grew up". Hah, I won't even dignify that with a response. Sure her controversial demeanor has made her relevant. But at what cost? She's a joke and an embarrassment to my generation. You're not an artist my dear, you're a sellout.

Either she's a good girl pretending to be bad, or a bad girl who faked being good. Either way, she was a role model for me at one point. Now if she's in a magazine, I rip out that page. What happened to her?

There wasn't anything to sell. She grew up doing a tween sitcom on Disney about a herself. All she did was start humping things in her underwear, swear and drink, and scared a lot of parents.

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