Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music

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The Top Ten

1 Maroon 5 Maroon 5 Maroon 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

As my favorite band of the 2000s I wanted to defend these guys so much. Even as a sellout record, Overexposed was still a good album in my opinion and didn't completely ditch their sound. In fact, for them, it was an experimental album, collaborating with outside writers for the first time. However, V was a sloppy attempt to recreate that, and while it had some good songs, it also had its share of lazy, generic and just plain awful songs. Then "This Summer's Gonna Hurt", "Don't Wanna Know" and "Cold" all came out and it's getting out of hand. This formula is beyond tired and they need to write their own stuff again. Not to mention the raps in the latter two songs are just awful and don't mesh well with the songs.

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.

Songs for Jane = Iconic!
Today M5 = BIGGEST SELLOUTS

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2 Metallica Metallica Metallica 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 the kings of underground metal in the 80s and then decided to do the rock star thing. And what's worse is they drug down all the classic thrash with them as everyone tried to follow their lead and all we were left with in the 90s was Pantera and death metal

Definitely the biggest sellouts, to the point that they're poseur central.

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3 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Taylor Alison Swift (Taylor Swift) is an American singer-songwriter. She was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is best known for writing break up songs and for having more than 5 Grammys . She became interested in country music when she was around 9 years old and after watching ...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?

Thanks to Reputation and that Ticketmaster scam, I legit despise her now and I loathe her for being such a greedy brat who doesn’t give a crap about her fans. - DCfnaf

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4 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative 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 ...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

Although I view Revolution Radio at an attempt to redeem themselves, nothing will ever excuse the crap known as "Uno! Dos! Tré! "

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5 Linkin Park

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

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?

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.

WHAT? Linkin Park still had Living Things and Hunting Party, along with Talking To Myself from One More Light. Why are people still bashing on this band here? - growlbunny

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6 Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Cordozar 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!

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

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

garbage

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7 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop 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.

Before their comeback they were really good. Afterwards they discovered autotune then forgot to bring their instruments to the studio

Sell out boy - emilk

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8 KISS KISS Kiss 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.

This band was selling merchandise from the beginning, when they were arguably the biggest thing going. Now, 40 plus years later people want to call them sellouts. There are millions of fans who felt this way for a long time but keep coming back to support them, even through the disco era. All that ultimately matters is their music and it's mostly great.

KISS is the very cornerstone of selling out and an icon to those who are desperately trying to pull a similar stunt with their careers.

I actually have a lot of respect for them, because they're being honest about it and still make a ton of cash.

KISS is the definition of selling out. Especially that money-grubbing Gene Simmons

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9 Usher Usher Usher 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.
10 Coldplay Coldplay Coldplay 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.

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.

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 do you go from "Yellow", "Parachutes", "Everything's not lost", "Clocks", "The Scientist", "Green Eyes"... to "Paradise", "Hymn for the weekend" "Princess of China" or any other electronic rubbish?

They did a song with The Chainsmokers. Period.

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The Newcomers

? Elton John Elton John
? Celtic Frost Celtic Frost Celtic Frost was a Swiss extreme metal band from Zürich. They are known for their heavy influence on extreme metal genres.

Recorded a glam metal album. enough said. - Aragorn98

The Contenders

11 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. is an American hip hop "artist" and is often referred to as one of the worst "rappers" of all time. 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 talking ...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

Devil worshiper

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12 U2 U2 U2 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.

Like the Bugatti Veyron; great, just not likeable.

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.

The biggest rock'n'roll ticket in 80's with many good albums and classic The Joshua Tree, no compromise Achtung Baby + ZOO T.V., and then taking money hit with still good Pop, but to provocative for USA, they chickened out and changed into caricature of itself, morfing in U2 corporation: singing for presidents (they were making fun of in 90s), CEOs and other so called elites pop tunes with censored lyrics (how Native Son becomes idiotic Vertigo), with few good songs here and there, but washed away, and so far from ideals and righteousness they once stood for, and real good songs they today jukebox just for money. Ultimate betrayal of fans who made them what they were up to the end of 90s.

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13 The Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas The 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.)

Amazing band.
Their albums and their selling numbers
Behind the front (250K)
Elephunk (1 million)
Monkey business (1 million)
THE END (8 million)
The beginning (700K)

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14 Kanye West Kanye West Kanye 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.

Whoever worships this fool as "Yeezus" should honestly just give up on music. - Metalmaniakkk

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15 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath ...read more.

What's an over-the-hill prince of darkness to do once he's no longer selling records? Plug cell phones and video games. I'm sure Sharon made him do it. She has a lifestyle to maintain, ya know? - a7x,antar

Should be in the top 10, if not higher - Metal_Treasure

How is he only number 81? - Aragorn98

It's Sharon, that female dog. Or should I say $haron. He became a central figure for both metalheads and some posers alike. - SoldierOfFortune

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16 30 Seconds to Mars 30 Seconds to Mars Thirty 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.

I just saw them, they were the biggest sell outs I've ever seen. Hard to watch

17 Eminem Eminem Eminem, 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 300 million records 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.

Working with Dido on "stan" was brilliant. But working with Rihanna and Lil' wayne is enough to make anyone a sellout. After curtain call he became worse

It all started with "FACK".

He dissed pop stars in the past
Now he is making songs with them
It is confirmed that Slim Shady has sold out

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18 Weezer Weezer Weezer 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.

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.

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

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

After Maladroit it sucked, then Everything Will Be Alright in the End came out and it was good - Gruunge

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

Listen to their first 2 albums, then listen to slang. Hear the Difference?

Just compare On Through The Night with Hysteria or Adrenalize.

20 Korn Korn Korn 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.

After their self titled album.

These guys didn't sell out...

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