Biggest Sellouts of the History of Musica7x,antar
The Top Ten
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.
Even before selling out, it's not like they were Led Zeppelin or anything. But now they're not even a soft rock band. They just make cheesy pop music that caters solely to a female audience.V 21 Comments
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.
What happened in Reputation, I won't understand. She has great songs throughout most of her country 2006 - 2010 discography and there are standouts in Red and 1989. Reputation on the other hand, just falls flat and is really disappointing. You know, she's making a diss song of sorts, yet its also the same woman who sung about a boy who passed away from Neuroblastoma. Damn it! - CrimsonShark
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!
I'm actually not surprised to see her at #2 on this list, especially after Look What You Made Me Do which was panned as being her sell-out song. - allamassalV 17 Comments
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.
All of the big four tried something different during the mid-late 1990s, and that was because Thrash Metal was performing very poorly critically and commercially ( the latter in terms of the genre's standards). If anything, they did a good job in keeping Heavy Metal relevant, and are still doing it to this day. - CrimsonShark
The Black Album is the turning point. They clearly went from thrash to a thrash/classic metal crossover, which is more "mainstream" I suppose, if that's what you mean. Idc personally, both are okay...
But then there's St. Agner which is just a sellout thing really, trying to go nu-metal and stuff because it was the big thing then. - EliHbk
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.
Should have been number #1.
He used to represent for the gangstas all across the world and hit the corners in them lo-lo's, girl
But now he made collaborates with crappy modern pop artists like Wiz Kalifa,Big Time Rush,PSY,Lil Wayne and anybody in Show Me The Money
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! "V 12 Comments
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? - growlbunnyV 20 Comments
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 SimmonsV 9 Comments
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
I like like one song from MANIA - EliHbkV 11 Comments
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
He plays guitar so badly every sand guitarist in the world would laugh their asses off at him
He went from making a song dedicated to his dead friends to making a song with Paris Hilton - venomouskillingmachineV 3 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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.)
I don't know how they're not #1.V 3 Comments
Kanye likes fish sticks and his wife is a hobbit South Park is awesome - matthewwilliams2
He started a religion called Westism, in which he is God. Biggest doofus on the planet.
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.
Horrible man. Only Idiots listen an appreciate this uncultured freak.V 3 Comments
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.V 5 Comments
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.
Devil worshiperV 1 Comment
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. - SoldierOfFortuneV 3 Comments
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".
RIP his career - EliHbkV 8 Comments
So surprised he wasn't on here - VideoGamefan5
But he was never a good musician in the first place - AliciaMae
Yeah, Bieber was always garbage. He’s not a sellout. He never had a reputation to sell in the first place.
Listen to their first 2 albums, then listen to slang. Hear the Difference?
Just compare On Through The Night with Hysteria or Adrenalize.
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
After Maladroit it sucked, then Everything Will Be Alright in the End came out and it was good - Gruunge
Eh. Weezer didn't really sellout but their music definitely got terrible.V 4 Comments
Started way before dark horse.
This piece of garbage always raps about one thing--himself. How interesting.
Why do Jay-Z and Dr. Dre look the same? - SirSkeletorThe3rd
Worked with Kanye of all people. I can't respect him anymore.
He worked with Rihanna and kanye. Nough said
PAUL MCCARTNEY SUCKSS - matthewwilliams2
Who's the dumbass who put him here Smashing Pumpkins are awesome - matthewwilliams2
Saw this one coming.
With the album Risk they sold out more than Metallica with the Black album. At least Metallica didn't use disco beats - Metal_Treasure
Happy and Blurred Lines are some of the weakest excuses for selling out ever.
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...
"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.
You are spot on my friend... Gabriel also went along for the cash ride too. Hey it was the 80's...
They went from being one of the best bands to being one of the worst bands in a short time. “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway” was one of the best albums ever. They threw it all away to be the British Kansas, they were only in it for the money. Disgraceful phonies, I could never even look at an album cover of theirs ever again. Peter sold out soon after, I have no interest in him now either. Very disappointing, worst sellout in the history of rock.V 1 Comment
He went from classy trash to just trash - jordanlyon
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.
How did in flames ever sell out? They changed their musical style to survive in a changing scene. Reroute to remain is just as good an album as colony or whoracle. Granted they released some trash after reroute, but Battles(their latest album) makes up for those garbage releases.
How were Nirvana sellouts? Cobain himself said that he didn't like Nevermind and released Utero, which was, like, 0% sellout.
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.
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.
Bleach, Then Nevermind.V 7 Comments
I am surprised he is even on here. I'm pretty sure it's cause he didn't bring the Nirvana sound to Foo Fighters. News flash people; two completely different people. If he was the singer for Nirvana then maybe I'd expect him to keep the same vibe like how Maynard did with Tool and Perfect Circle, but he isn't Kurt and he doesn't have to bring that sound to his band.
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
Dave has put out so many great songs some albums may only have 2 or 3 great songs on them but the first 3 Foo albums are amazing. Dave and the rest of the Foo's are one of the best bands in the last 25 years.
He didn't sell out, he started the Foo Fighters. - The01BroV 8 Comments
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
Listen to the new album "America" and that will tell you why they should be at the top of this list. God awful stuff.V 1 Comment
People Say Metallica Is The Biggest Sellout But Yet They Love This Band? , Hypocrites - VideoGamefan5
Their second album is the definition of sophomore slump.
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.
If anything, they're most underrated out of the Big Four. Sure, Anthrax is different enough, but regardless, they're a pioneering and outstanding band. - CrimsonShark
John Bush sounds like he belongs in a country band. Stomp 442 sucks, ever since the release they went downhill.
As much as I like Anthrax I have to agree, at least they bounced back with their new stuff, very good thrash.
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.
Are we there yet?
Went from genius rapper to... a corny movie star. - Swellow
I lost my respect for him after hearing "Baby"...you must have no dignity, if you agree to do that
Ludacris used to make R rated rap records but now he's working with Justin Bieber
How is he not a sellout
He's still pretty dope though
How the hell is he even on this stupid list? - IIBK
Fanbase: "I love BMTH!... What the heck is Count Your Blessings? "
From Deathcore to Pop... because it brought more money. And then saying the don't know how they could make such music as back then. Can it be more sellout?
I bet like 5% of the fans know This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For probably lol - EliHbk
He is NOT a sellout! That's ridiculous! Here's one of the only true rock and rollers or there that's left!
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.
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
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.
Doing a song with Scooter...enough said
Compare songs, "Spiral Staircase" to "Waste a Moment"
Sex on fire. Hate it hate most of there stuff since. sellouts
They didn't sell out. They became popular unexpectedly. - The01Bro
They sold out bad. They went from fresh crap to nasty crap to abominations. Vessel and Blurryface are Poser City
They sold out BIG TIME. I liked it's my life, but it was just a sellout song.
They play country music now. - LarrytheFairy
They made a nice little indie rock song called 'Can't We Dance' but then after that they made stupid boyband sounding pop music. - metaldude8
Can we dance was great... Now they are just copying the mainstream EDM kind of stuff that everyone else is pumping out... Disappointing
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.
Margaritaville Restaurants, Margaritaville Hotels, Margaritaville Tequila, even Margaritaville Casinos.
Easily #1 on the list. Biggest sellout of all time
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