Top 10 Music Artists Who are the Biggest SelloutsWhen 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.
The Top Ten
The Black Album broke my heart. Saddest musical moment ever. The end of a meteoric musical ascension.
I hate it - Unnamed Google User Remade
They did sold out a lot, but at least they’re still focusing on the music.46 Comments
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.1 Comment
At least her older songs were listenable... I honestly prefer her country pop songs even though I'm not a fan of country music at all. - Misfire
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.
Of course she's a sell out, it's pretty obvious. I'm not saying this to hate on Taylor or anything, but she made great country music that she genuinely loved making, and all of a sudden she became a generic pop artist with the passion honestly stripped away. "Shake It Off" is so generic. - DCfnaf
She went from making GOOD country music to making typical mainstream pop. Although Delicate is a good song, Look What You Made Me Do and Ready for It were awful songs that I liked for some reason when they were popular. - allamassal30 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.
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
Kiss is phenomenal. They are true musicians who can play and sing anything they choose and sound amazing.14 Comments
Went from Rock/funk to Pop Rock to just Pop. The lyrics went from Sunday Morning, to One More Night to Girls Like You... I mean they literally stopped trying. I'm only a Fan until Hands All Over after that I stopped listening to them. They are now a generic Pop Group (not even a band)
I miss the old them... - Misfire
They sold out after Hands All Over
Cool alternative hip band turned pop trash band desperate for money. Maroon 5 is now basically Adam Levine and six other guys getting paid for doing nothing. - Smash6430 Comments
Where is the love is a beautiful song, but everything after that is horrible.
They went back to hip-hop, I heard. Don't worry. - Misfire
From alternative hip hop to complete electro party music. Total sellouts. - Smash64
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. - Mrveteran8 Comments
How could anyone forget them? Apparently they had a grunge sound at the beginning, and then decided to go all radio-friendly with the latter of their albums
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.
They sold out before anyone actually heard of them. Their first album, The Curb was heavy and their newer stuff is very poppy. I wish they could go back to not always singing about sex and partying and all that crap.
I heard that "Feed the Machine" is their hardest album yet. - thomwim3 Comments
Ok, so his late 80s to 90s stuff was very much him selling out, he came back with The Next Day and Blackstar, which are two of his finest works - VaticanCameos
WHAT? - DCfnaf
What is Bowie doing in this list?
What is Rod Stewart doing in this list?
These two are British music legends.
They are top artist's world wide, respected by all that are music lovers and music fans.
Most artist's in the world look up to thes two, they would love to write and perform songs like Bowie or Rod Stewart made world famous.
INCREDIBLE! - phr
Their last album was a total sellout. - Smash64
Never really paid much attention to these guys but they've since sold out. In a very bad way. - UltraSaiyan419
My favourite band of all time and I agree. It sold out.
They never sold out. They just evolved their sound with every album. Artists aren't allowed to ever change? - beccax3x3x3x317 Comments
Not to be mean, but he looks like a crackhead. - BlueTopazIceVanilla
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!
He promoted Wiz Khalifa (and apparently, Snoop likes anyone who smokes weed). And when you keep getting promoted by Snoop, you're gonna be mainstream forever. But I haven't heard from Wiz Khalifa since so I'm glad he's gone. No more. We don't need anymore whack rappers killing up the genre.
He promoted Wiz Khalifa. And since we live in a generation where Hip hop is dying, anybody would listen to Wiz Khalifa just because they're too ignorant to know that all he talks about is smoking weed and drugs. They'll listen to anything you give them. They're that stupid.
Snoop, you are one of the greatest rappers of all time. Why did you rap with Big Time Rush? Did your kids tell you to do it? We're they like "daddy that's one of our favorite bands. Can you go rap with them? " Just why?28 Comments
I wholeheartedly disagree with this. I understand if 80s Genesis isn't your thing, but the music still had soul, and the band wasn't just in it for the money. Also, if anyone's to blame for the shift in styles, it's Tony Banks and (to a lesser extent) Mike Rutherford - they wanted to write hit songs, while Phil didn't even want to be the singer at first. Phil also tried to get the entirety of Supper's Ready in the setlist of one of their later concerts, but the other two declined. However, regardless of whose fault the shift is, the music was still good. Even if you're a hardcore prog fan, the band still made tons of great music until the very end. Even considering the period after Duke, which many believe to be the point where the pop influence simply became too much, we still got gems like Dodo/Lurker, Mama, Home by the Sea, Domino, The Brazilian, Tonight, Tonight, Tonight (the album version), Driving the Last Spike, Dreaming While You Sleep, Fading Lights, and more! And that's just ...more
I think they had the biggest drop in Quality in music, if we take Metallica for exemple The Black Album, Load and Reload are good albums (even great in the case of The Black Album) just not Thrash Metal, St Anger and Lulu sucked but those where uncommercial experiments. And they did return to form with Hardwired & Death Magnetic.
However I do feel that people are being too hard on Phil collins, A Trick of the Tail & Wind and Wuthering are as great as the Peter Gabriel albums, And Then There Were Three & Duke are also good though Steve Hackett's exit did hurt them and Phil's side project Brand X is awesome.
I Blame the 80's.
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.5 Comments
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
How are they sellouts. They still play guitar and drums and talk trash about the government and society. Take Green Day off this list! - Smash64
Not sell outs
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.17 Comments
I can't believe that I used to like this band.
Yep... after Viva La Vida
For the older fans, Coldplay is that kid you used to be friends with and go to school with. They were shy and gawky, but at least they were friendly and honest. Unfortunately, they secretly wanted very badly to fit in and be liked. To this end, at some point during summer vacation, that kid starts hanging out with the wrong crowd, eventually reinventing themselves. By the time you see them again, they're a completely different person. Now, they hang out with the cool kids and want nothing to do with you. That's Coldplay.
You know a musician has sold their soul to the devil when they have collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, and Jay Z.
Hymn for the Weekend and partnering with the Chainsmokers proves that Coldplay is a sellout. I guess Viva La Vida foreshadowed their downfall. - Smash6413 Comments
This website is easy to troll
How dare you put Avril Lavigne here!
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
No. For me, selling out means producing less valuable music that is just made with the intention of money. - Alkadikce
Pink Floyd changed their sound when Roger Waters turned Pink Floyd into an autocracy. They never sold out, they just let one guy take over the band. Once Roger Waters disbanded Pink Floyd and David Gilmour reformed it, they went back to their signature sound. Despite all this, I still think Pink Floyd is the best band of all time. - Metarock
What! - Userguy44
Egomanic Waters ruined a great band by falling out with the "sound" of Floyd, Gilmour and Wright (RIP), believing he was the only one that mattered. His solo work is depressing, relentless utter crap
Their pop career wasn't exactly great. - Swellow
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.
Yes. Definition of sellout
Just simply, One More Light.
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.
The change in their sound was a sign. - UltraSaiyan419
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.25 Comments
Who made this? Justin is bad.
Justin Bieber is a POP artist. Which means he's gonna do what's POPULAR. That's what POP artists do. - Smash64
He was never good at the beginning.
But he was never a good musician in the first place - AliciaMae6 Comments
Killing is My Business (1985) is heavier than Peace Sells (1986)
Peace Sells is heavier than So Far, So Good... so What! (1988)
So Far, so Good... so What! is heavier than Rust in Peace (1990)
Rust in Peace is heavier than Countdown to Extinction (1992)
Countdown to Exintinction is heavier than Youthanasia (1994)
Youthanasia is heavier than Cryptic Writings (1997)
Cryptic Writings is heavier than Risk (1999)
Isn't this what we call sell-outs? - Alkadikce
Bigger sellouts than Metallica. At least they didn’t write pop songs. - Userguy44
With the album Risk they sold out more than Metallica with the Black album. At least Metallica didn't use disco beats - Metal_Treasure
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.
500 euro's for a tcket bono shame on you1 Comment
This piece of garbage always raps about one thing--himself. How interesting.
Why do Jay-Z and Dr. Dre look the same? - SirSkeletorThe3rd
Was trash from the beginning
He’s not great, but not the worst - KingSlayer93316
Surprised he wasn't here. He used to actually be really good. - RnBLover
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.2 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).
Listen to the new album "America" and that will tell you why they should be at the top of this list. God awful stuff.
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 watch1 Comment
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 - venomouskillingmachine4 Comments
Biggest sell out of all time.
An unfortunate example of a true sellout. I understand that not everyone is super talented. I understand you only have so many songs in you. But I'd rather fade into rock obscurity with a couple of great tunes under my name than prop-myself up with a bunch of cookie-cutter, pop garbage just to stay famous. 1995 Gwen wouldn't even recognize herself today.
How is she not #1? Other artists on the list slightly changed their style. She literally switched genres from ska to teenie bopper pop.
Go back to No Doubt! - Smash644 Comments
Should be #1. From 'Wasted' and 'Let it Go' to 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'? Yes, grown men sang lyrics that Debbie Gibson or Tiffany wouldn't touch... They even admitted it was all about fame and fortune. How artistic...
Oh, they sold out, all right. And they STILL kick ass! - UltraSaiyan419
Listen to their first 2 albums, then listen to slang. Hear the Difference?
Just compare On Through The Night with Hysteria or Adrenalize.
They shouldn't be here. They were NEVER good. - 150040
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Metallica is on here but One Direction isn't? - railfan99
At one time, a sellout had to have been good, so they don’t count as a sellout. - AliciaMae
After their self titled album.
Korn was great back then, but now they're just a joke that's not funny. Like, at all.
These guys didn't sell out. They were just bad.
Korn is forever ruined. Ruined... I'm gonna go cry in the corner now.1 Comment
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
My NaMe iS JOnAs
After Maladroit it sucked, then Everything Will Be Alright in the End came out and it was good - Gruunge5 Comments
They did that with Origins. - Userguy44
People Say Metallica Is The Biggest Sellout But Yet They Love This Band? , Hypocrites - VideoGamefan5
Their second album is the definition of sophomore slump.
Definitely sold out with the Get A Grip album. - TommyT327
Great 70's band.
since their reunion in the 80's...its been all radio style crap.
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