Biggest Sellouts of the History of Music

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81 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

Hail to the king... The king being consumerist America looking for a shallow Pantera rip-off.

82 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

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.

83 Peter Garrett

This bloke should be ahead of Metallica. What Metallica did was start making crappy music & sued their fans, but peter garrett went from writing protest songs with an actual, well thought out message to become yet another lying, theiving, useless politican; the very people his songs protested against.

Then: Protest-happy lead singer of Midnight Oil
Now: All for the stuff he protested against

Midnight oil frontman-turned politican. Wrote & sung songs protesting on environmental & political issues, but as a politican completely turned is back on those issues. Most notable of which is his backflip over U.S. bases on foreign soil; his song U.S. forces was in protest, but as a politican he was ok with an american base being built on australian soil.

84 Ellie Goulding Ellie Goulding Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding is an British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born on December 30th, 1986 in Hereford, England . She is most well-known in the U .S. for her singles "Lights," "Love Me Like You Do," "Burn," and has been featured in other songs with Calvin Harris and others . ...read more.

She had a couple of original songs that were really good like anything could happen and explosions then released burn which sucks, just seems like less her and more dance song to make loads of money very generic.

85 H2O

Wrote songs making fun of sellouts and being hardcore and then... Proceeded to sell out playing pop punk crap. Don't forget your roots laugh out loud

86 Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys The Arctic Monkeys, otherwise known as the Death Ramps, are a British indie rock band formed in 2002 in Sheffield, England. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocalist, songwriter, electric and rhythm guitarist), Jamie Cook (electric and rhythm guitarist, songwriter), Matt Helders (percussionist, ...read more.

As a fan, I will happily disagree. While Turner's actions are questionable at points, their music is still very good, and isn't too radically different to be considered selling out. Their AM album is slightly too alternative and mellow to be a pop album, and they haven't strayed too far from their initial sound to alienate long time fans. So no, they aren't selling out. They're not Metallica. - Mrveteran

I haven't listened to them in a couple of years, Arctic Monkey first to albums were perfect than I quit. Its like Alex doesn't even bother to make rock n roll anymore! I checked out there new album AM and its rubbish! Some girl on Facebook shared a link to a song of it so I asked her did she like any other album's by them she said she only new the AM album fml...

87 The Faceless The Faceless The Faceless is an American technical death metal band from the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

The faceless has never sold out what I was shocked to see them on here

88 Nickelback Nickelback Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Alberta, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, and drummer Daniel Adair.

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

They were never good

89 Busta Rhymes Busta Rhymes Trevor George Smith, Jr., better known by his stage name Busta Rhymes, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, record producer and record executive.

He rapped with Justin Bieber once. He deserves to be higher.

The true definition of a sell out.

90 Rascal Flatts

They've made a song with Justin Bieber.

91 Hype Williams
92 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.

Why the hell are Rammstein on this list? Have you even listened to them?

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93 Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an American funk-rock and alternative rock band, that was founded in 1983. ...read more.

They are an amazing band, but the only reason that they are so good is because they sold out. Their 80's albums were pure punk, because that was popular at the time. Then in 1991 when grunge became popular, they released Blood Sugar Sex Magik, a grunge album. Then, in 1995, music was going in a more alternative direction, so they released One Hot Minute, which was somewhere along the lines of grunge and alternative. Then, in 1999, they released Californication, when alternative became dominant, and it was an alternative album. Alternative has been popular for a while now, and it still was when they released albums in 2002, 2006, and 2011. Alternative still is rather popular, but it has lost its fame to pop. I'm afraid that this band is now going to make a pop album. Even though following the trend makes them sellouts, if they didn't, they would not be as good as they are today. Thank you Red Hot Chili Peppers for selling out. - Songsta41

94 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

Muse could have been a band that changed the course of music in the 21st century and uplifted it with their gorgeous mix of classically-inspired piano, experimentation with different instruments and music styles from around the world, chaotic guitar chords, and ambient use of electronic elements supported by the unique vocals of Matthew Bellamy and sophisticated lyrics that touched your soul. That was until the Resistance dropped in 2009, which was preceded by the appearance of one of their songs in 2008 in the movie Twilight. Everything from then on has been the most generic, artificial-sounding parody of themselves that I've ever seen. They've gone from hard rock to the blandest pop since 2009 and it's like they removed all the hard, edgy, experimental elements of themselves. You only have to see their song, "Madness," on an NBA commercial or the song they made for Twilight to see that they've totally sold out. They sold out so brutally that they're selling out stadiums to "new ...more

Up until the Resistance, they were pure rock, with a hint of pop. In the Resistance, they had a few classical songs, which is the farthest thing from selling out. I still call them a sellout band because of their most recent album, The 2nd Law. It has a lot of dance/electro and more pop than ever. This is not the Muse I know and not the Muse I like. - Songsta41

In the beginning, Muse were a 21st-century Radiohead. Then they appeared in Twilight, and it sucked from there on.

Everything about muse is boring. Except the lead singers voice, which makes me want to stick knitting needles in my ears.

95 Tim McGraw Tim McGraw Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He has been married to singer Faith Hill since 1996, and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw. McGraw has released fourteen studio albums. V 1 Comment
96 Tiesto Tiesto
97 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". ...read more.
98 Beck Beck Beck Hansen, known by stage name Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres.
99 The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips

Went om being their own unique band to collaborating with Ke$ha and Miley Cyrus.

100 Mastodon Mastodon Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
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