Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music

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21ColdplayColdplay are a British rock band formed in 1996. The band consists of Chris Martin (lead vocalist and pianist), Jonny Buckland (lead guitarist), Guy Berryman (bassist) and Will Champion (drummer and backing vocalist). Manager Phil Harvey is often considered an unofficial fifth member. The band renamed ...read more.

While they've always been pop rock, they at least had some alternative leanings when they started out. Now they've gone completely pop, which while more successful utterly angers their die hard fans, and casual listeners for making boring music. - Mrveteran

How are they not #1? Songs like shiver and clocks were incredible. And now listening to their newer songs like paradise and magic, just sound generic and empty. Much like today's pop music.

Going from "Don't Panic" to "A Sky Full of Stars" in fourteen years.

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22Def LeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

Just compare On Through The Night with Hysteria or Adrenalize.

23Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter, known by his stage name Jay Z, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his album Reasonable Doubt.

This piece of garbage always raps about one thing--himself. How interesting.

Why do Jay-Z and Dr. Dre look the same? - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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24StaindStaind was a heavy metal band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. ...read more.
25Paul McCartneySir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .

Worked with Kanye of all people. I can't respect him anymore.

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26NirvanaNirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. ...read more.

There's no way in check that they sold out. If anything Dave Grohl sold out. He makes pop crap rock music. He even said every song he writes he tries to make a hit and hits are all about a poppy chorus. In utero was even less mainstream then Nevermind.

How were Nirvana sellouts? Cobain himself said that he didn't like Nevermind and released Utero, which was, like, 0% sellout.

Nirvana wasn't selling out, they got a ton of sales, but Kurt didn't want to be famous and known by the world, he just wanted to make music. He was doing the opposite of selling out.

Not even close

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27GenesisGenesis are an English rock band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The most commercially successful and long-lasting line-up includes keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford and drummer/singer Phil Collins.

"Supper's Ready" is my favorite song of all time. "That's All" is my least favorite song. Definitely sold out after Gabriel left, probably because he was the driving force in their creativity.

Genesis should definitely top this list. Went from being an amazing progrock band in the 70's to a lucrative catchy pop band. I don't blame Phil Collins. Both he, Peter Gabriel and the rest of the band sold eventually, and I don't mind some of their pop tracks. They just used to be so much better...

You are spot on my friend... Gabriel also went along for the cash ride too. Hey it was the 80's...

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28Three Days GraceThree Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1997 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst.

I'm officially done with Three Days Grace.

What the heck happened to you guys? You guys were so awesome! Then Adam Gontier left and got replaced with Matt Walst (the same guy who sang Porgy Star Dancing).

I agree, I like to remember the good, old TDG than the crap they've become.

29In FlamesIn Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. ...read more.

After their masterful debut, Lunar Strain, and EP, Subterranean, In Flames released The Jester Race. While it was good, it was nowhere near the level that the last two releases were at. They continued to simplify and streamline their sound until they decided to drop Melo-Death all together and just become a bro metal band.

30Pharrell WilliamsPharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, rapper, and record producer. Williams and Chad Hugo make up the record production duo the Neptunes, producing soul, hip hop and R&B music.

Happy and Blurred Lines are some of the weakest excuses for selling out ever.

31David Guetta

He went from classy trash to just trash - jordanlyon

32The BeatlesThe Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented ...read more.

Here's the truth: They started off as leather jacket-wearing dudes who played German titty bars and chomped on chicken between songs. Then they were asked to overhaul themselves entirely and BOOM, the band that changed the face of the world.

The Beatles aren't sellouts, Paul McCartney is.

33Ice CubeO'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A. and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, he built ...read more.

Personally, I don't even hold his corny movie career against him, but when you go from the militant anti-sell-out of 1991's Death Certificate etc. to producing such garbage as 2014's "Drop Girl", that's probably the biggest act of SELLING OUT in the history of music, and certainly within hip-hop which is saying something since practically the whole genre sold itself (with a few noble exceptions, of course. )

Went from nwa gangster rap to Disney movies and commercials. I think he should be number 1 hands down.

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34Alice CooperAlice Cooper was an American rock band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1964. The band consisted of lead singer Vince Furnier, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith.

Another Metamusel metalhead who has chosen to pitch everything from Bridgestone tires, to office supplies, to hotels. Plus, he's got some sports bar in Phoenix that serves "Nightmare" nachos and "No More Mr. Nice Guy" Chipotle Chicken Pasta. I'm not kidding. - a7x,antar

35Pete TownshendPeter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, best known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock band The Who.
36Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.
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38Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.V1 Comment
39MadonnaMadonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She influenced a lot of singers such as: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles and Britney Spears . She is known as Queen of Pop and at modern pop culture specifically in 2012 "Madge" or MDNA . She has ...read more.

Madonna, in my opinion, is THE BIGGEST SELLOUT.
Wanna know why? Get ready for a lot of sadness people. I'm really sorry you people had to hear this but, she made two songs with Nicki Minaj!
I'm not kidding. It's true.

Someone please bring her 1985 self back...

Starting to make music with nicki minaj and drake.

40Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . ...read more.

Hail to the king... The king being consumerist America looking for a shallow Pantera rip-off.

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