Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music

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41Status Quo

These guys practically sold themselves to Coles. Did you know they're coming out with a new album? It's only allowed to be sold at COLES.

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42LudacrisChristopher Brian "Chris" Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor.

I lost my respect for him after hearing "Baby"...you must have no dignity, if you agree to do that

43The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.
44Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

They never sold-out, they always stuck to their roots, in fact Led Zeppelin 4's album cover without text was considered a way of making less money, they never sold out.

How did Zeppelin sell out? They were only around for 12 years and all none of their albums were aimed for money only.

I think I'd rather see Zep tour without Robert Plant than hear "Rock and Roll" in a Cadillac ad. At least they could have picked a cool car by a company that isn't about to go belly up. - a7x,antar

I'm sorry, THAT is why you think they sold out? One commercial does not make a band a sellout, and they never became a sellout band in the first place. - Songsta41

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45Bring Me the HorizonBring Me the Horizon are a British rock band from Sheffield, Yorkshire. Formed in 2004, the group currently consists of vocalist Oliver Sykes, guitarist Lee Malia, bassist Matt Kean, drummer Matt Nicholls, and keyboardist Jordan Fish. They are signed to RCA Records globally and Columbia Records exclusively ...read more.

Fanbase: "I love BMTH!... What the heck is Count Your Blessings? "

46AnthraxAnthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Started as a thrash band much like Metallica. They are not as popular as Metallica, nor were they as good in the first place, but I can tell you they sold out much worse. Their 80's stuff is respectable thrash metal music made in a very unique, comical style. In the 90's they fired their singer, hired a new one and started making music that didn't sound like Anthrax at all and was intended for solely making money. Fortunately they failed to sell out and eventually had to bring back their original singer. They started making quite good music again that sounded more like their 80's stuff but are now old men way past their prime. Basically they destroyed their own career by selling out. Should be higher than Metallica and Metallica does not belong even to top 10.

47Finger Eleven

Why did they go to songs like Paralyzer? Seriously, if you do hate them for that overplayed song, look back on their older stuff like the songs on The Greyest of Blue Skies album, you'll find out how good they were. Unfortunately, that's not what they sound like now. I wish they would go back. - NuMetalManiak

Listen to drag you down ten paralizer back to back, trust me you'll understand how big of a sellout they are

48Kings of Leon

Sex on fire. Hate it hate most of there stuff since. sellouts

49Calvin HarrisAdam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter and remixer . He was known with his hit singles like Summer, This Is What You Came For and How Deep Is Love . He also was cheated on by Taylor Swift in their relationship for Tom Hiddleston ...read more.
50Blink-182Blink-182 are a Pop Punk band formed in 1992. Original lineup were Mark Hoppus (Bass Guitar, Vocals) ...read more.

After their self titled album, they became too mainstream

51Gwen Stefani

I don't understand how she is never on these lists. She is a blatant sellout. She completely changed her style of music to try and fit in with the mainstream.

Can't believe she isn't number one. No Doubt were a great band, and she threw it all away to sing about "B-A-N-A-N-A-S" and prance around with Harajuku girls... I could rant for days about what a sell-out and disappointment she is.

52No DoubtNo Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986. Since 1994, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, and drummer Adrian Young.
53Bret MichaelsBret Michael Sychak, professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality.

If you take a look at his resume of advertising accomplishments you would put him in the top ten

Did anyone else hear about his country career?

54Against Me!

Anarchicist punk band turns radio friendly and becomes one with what they used to fight against.

55The Black KeysThe Black Keys is an American indie rock and blues rock duo, that was formed by Dan Auerbach (Vocals, Guitar) and Patrick Carney (Drums). ...read more.

Nah they didn't sell out. They are still a rock band (i mean, have you heard weight of love? ) but just make a different style of rock. It's less blues now and more indie mixed with Pink Floyd.

Such potential! So popular! Then they decided it would be a good idea to abandon all the things that made them popular and become a generic pop band.

I agree that they sold out and their general sound used to be much better, but I like a greater percentage of their newer songs than older ones. - Songsta41

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56Billy Joel

Stepbrothers references this as there is a band called "uptown girl, southern California's preeminent 80s joel cover band" he's a running joke. We didn't start the fire was offensively bad, whereas you have genius like piano man, AND NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS.

Cold Spring Harbor through Glass Houses: A pianist who really ruled the 1970s.
Post-Glass Houses: "Pressure", "Uptown Girl", the Christine Brinkley thing, The Bridge, the concert in Russia, "We Didn't Start the Fire", and he never released an album since 1993.

80s Joel was the most Benine, generic music you've ever heard, as opposed to his artistry in the 70s.

57Big Ben Dix Band

First album is the best

58ParamoreParamore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. The band currently consists of lead vocalist Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York.V1 Comment
59My Chemical RomanceMy Chemical Romance was an American rock band from Jersey City, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. For much of their career, the band consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar.

Gerard recorded a song with Deadmau5. Need I say more?

According to my friend, before they started making emo music, they had a nice metal/punk edge.

Gerard Way is the definition of a sell out

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60Imagine DragonsImagine Dragons is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Their second album is the definition of sophomore slump.

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