Music Artists Who Sold-Out

When artists started out in one genre and then sold-out so they could make it on the pop charts. Let's discuss these artist who did this crime.

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1MetallicaMetallica is an American Heavy 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.

In the eighties, they were the greatest metal band. Ever. They practically created thrash metal. There was nothing like it. What happened? For shame, Metallica, for shame...

1st 4 albums are amazing then they lost cliff and jason and they did it(stupid idea) - rockisgood132

it's a shame really because they were amazing - muckie

Metallica is so pop now. But where is Eminem on this list? He should be like number one for sure.

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2X Japan

I'm pretty sure most of the people who voted for them here have no idea what this list is about, but this time I won't complain about their ignorance. - saaarsdej

I really don't see how they sold out but X-Japan rule most and deserve to be top of most lists. Pure awesome.

X Japan will always be at the top of the hierarchy. The top predator in a food chain if you will.

X Japan have kept to true to themselves even after the 10 year hiatus.

How did they sell out? Dahlia (assuming this is the supposed sellout album) was amazing if you ask me.

3Kiss

many people would say KISS is great, when they just know one or two songs from them... that's because they are the most commercial band, even their fans say this - rock2metal

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4Guns N' Roses

With every member that left Guns n Roses, they took a bit of talent with them. I hated Chinese Democracy and is nothing like Appetite For Destruction - Danielsun182

5Linkin ParkLinkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (vocals , pianist [rapper]), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

Selling out hasn't worked out for them. "In the End" on their first album went to #2 on the charts in 2000. Their 2014 album didn't have a single make the Hot 100. Basically, they're at their best when they make their music: metal mixed with rap.

Linkin Park should be above Metallica - Nintendonix

They should be second to Metallica. They were both great bands who sold out! Well, LP now kicks ass. - velitelcabal

6Nickelback

Who remembers their album Curb? No one, since their fans love their new poppy music. Like with Metallica, they were heavy and processed by money to make themselves softer.

First four albums were kinda cool but then on all the rigjt reasoms it changed a little but not bad. now they suck

7Rod Stewart
8Genesis
9SantanaV1 Comment
10Huey Lewis

The Contenders

11Kid Rock
12Billy Idol
13Pink Floyd
14Jefferson Starship
15Heart
16Megadeth
17Black Veil Brides
18Def Leppard
19Asking Alexandria
20Avenged SevenfoldV1 Comment
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List StatsUpdated 3 May 2016

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1. Metallica
2. Linkin Park
3. Guns N' Roses
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1. Metallica
2. Def Leppard
3. Genesis
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1. Metallica
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3. Rod Stewart
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