Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music


The Top Ten

1 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". 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 one of the top metal bands around back in the 80s, now they are just remembered for what they did in the 80s. If Metallica stuck to its roots it would still be on top and would probably be considered the greatest metal band of all time. They still are either considered the greatest metal band of all time or the second greatest to Iron Maiden. From the Black Album and on they have sold out if they stuck to their thrash roots they would probably have came out with albums just as good if not better than their first four albums

The Black album was the sell out question.

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2 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

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.

I almost want to cry when I hear a song off of "overexposed". It disgusts me how they destroyed everything they built with their first three albums. "Songs about jane" was funk/alternative rock for the masses and it was excellent. "it wont be soon before long" was more retro sounding but brilliant nonetheless. "Hands all over" was a mix of the two with more Michael jacksonesque sounds in it. "Overexposed" is the quintessential sell out album in recent history. Maroon 5 wasnt selling well so they ditched every shred of rock in their music and made a ton of cash.

They went from "Look for the girl with the broken smile, ask her if she wants to stay a while" to "Don't wanna know, know, know, know who's taking you home, home, home, home". They've always been pop rock. I get that. But know their no longer unique but now making songs that are filtered for the mainstream. The definition of selling out! - PopPunkKid101

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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 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?

I don't mind Taylor Swift now and Style is an awesome song but she totally sold out

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4 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American punk 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 of their influences 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

American Idiot & 21st Century Breakdown were good albums, if anything they decided to sell out by Puting out 3 albums with no effort in them.

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5 Linkin Park

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?

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

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.

"Selling out" means changing your art to appeal to the masses. Linkin Park actually lost a good chunk of it's fanbase and for 9 years.. they haven't gone back to regain the fans and sales they've lost.

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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!

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

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

He literally does anything if they pay him

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7 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop 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 sold out after the hiatus. How can you compare save rock and roll to classics like take this to your grave?

Absolutely, definitely sold out, with nearly every subsequent album. First we have to agree on what "sellout" means - and I've come to agree that it means "moving toward the 'pop' genre whilst sacrificing elements that made your band unique/different/left-of-center/non-pop.

So, let's take the transition between Take This to Your Grave and From Under the Cork Tree (from now on referred to as "FUCT" - the former album has an equal amount of pop mixed in with its punk, often rough-around-the-edges production and playing. Lyrics were not as overtly self-reflective, self-absorbed or self-referential as FUCT. Pop punk was very popular, and FUCT had slicker (pop) production, more morose lyrics (popular at the time), and even catchier melodies.

From FUCT to Infinity On High, FOB dropped a lot of the sob stories and picked up an odd, hip hop influenced "swag" highlighted by its braggadocio and Jay-Z intro. Still self-referential and tongue-and-cheek, ...more

Newest albums post 08' enough said

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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.

Beth and I was made for loving you like the songs or not you got to call it like you see it and how is A7X sell outs they are the best they sell out just because the lead singer Mshadow doesn't want to scream himself hoarse he wanted to sing the horror he wanted to sing! There last album also had screaming and in god hates us and there new single not ready to die

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 rocks

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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 Lil Wayne Lil Wayne Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., also known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper. 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 constantly talking about money, girls, and 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

Sellout for leavin behind his upbringing style hiphoo street music for this pop culture bs he does now

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The Newcomers

? Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots Twenty One Pilots is an American musical duo that originates from Columbus, Ohio. Currently there are two members. The lead singer, Tyler Joseph, and the drummer, Josh Dun. At the 2016 American Music Awards, they won two AMAs for Favorite Pop/Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist. Twenty One more.
? Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Justin Drew Bieber (born March 1, 1994) is a Canadian singer, song writer, and record producer. He currently resides in Ontario, Canada (despite once claiming he was Part-Indian) and he's Christian . He's the son of an author, Pattie Mallet. more.

So surprised he wasn't on here - VideoGamefan5

The Contenders

11 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 more.

They sold out in the mid-2000's and their new music is horrible. I don't like them any more. - Powerfultekin

Like the Bugatti Veyron; great, just not likeable.

They aren't exactly good anymore

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12 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 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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13 The Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group, consisting of rappers,, 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 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.)

They say they make good music, that's selling out because there lying.

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14 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.

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

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.

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

Eh. Weezer didn't really sellout but their music definitely got terrible.

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15 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.

16 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 more.

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 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.

The last truly good songs they did were paradise / Charlie brown back in 2011 and even those were a bit too poppy. Traded their core for disposable income.

Going from "Don't Panic" to "A Sky Full of Stars" in fourteen years.

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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 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's not sellout you dumbasses - matthewwilliams2

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18 Miley Cyrus Miley Cyrus

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.

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19 Billy Corgan Billy Corgan William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Who's the dumbass who put him here Smashing Pumpkins are awesome - matthewwilliams2

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20 Dave Grohl Dave Grohl David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters.

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

Why was he on the annoying orange show? Just curious.

I feel like he might of sold out but still trys to keep some form of rock out.

This no talent hack should kiss kurt cobains ass for the rest of his life for making him rich and famous.

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