Music Artists Who Sold-OutWhen 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
Yert very cool
In the eighties, they were the greatest metal band. Ever. They practically created thrash metal. There was nothing like it. What happened? For shame, Metallica, for shame...
NO! I didn't MEAN TO VOTE THEM! STUPID ME! WHY! I LOVED their first 5 and reload, Load was ok, St anger was pretty good, and DM and HW were pretty awesome - awesomedp900
1st 4 albums are amazing then they lost cliff and jason and they did it(stupid idea) - rockisgood132V 9 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.V 1 Comment
Kiss is phenomenal. They are true musicians who can play and sing anything they choose and sound amazing.
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
from "rock" to disco... bad!
Music changes every few years. I think KISS did anything just to stay relevant. The music industry is tough.V 1 Comment
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. - thomwim
I hate Nickelback. But some of their earlier stuff is pretty good. - BeatlesFan1964V 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 copyrighted the line "this sick beat"; need I say more?
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
Forget Metallica at least they stayed metal she is a real sell out she went from doing Mediocre Country songs to crappy Pop songs and the song Shake it Off is annoying and awful I hate her and I always will for how greedy she is and how she makes such crappy songs - christangrant
Have you heard Look What You Made Me Do? It's even worse than Shake It Off! - railfan99V 7 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
They went back to hip-hop, I heard. Don't worry. - Misfire
The first album was pretty good. When they showed up again I was sure it was not the same people. Huge sellouts for sure
After Elephunk, they seemed to lose their ability to singing (I Gotta Feeling and Meet Me Halfway were decent however). - Swellow
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
Not to be mean, but he looks like a crackhead. - BlueTopazIceVanilla
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.
Not worth listening to after wind and wuthering. Too much phil after gabriel left. They lost their soul. Such a shame...
This guy used to be one of the best, most talented edm producers out there. Now he just releases crappy, generic pop music. - Atham
I know everyone calls them sell outs, but why? Because they became popular artists? So becoming popular = sellout/bad? Whoever is thinking in this mentality needs to reevaluate their mentality. Their music does change a lot, but that doesn't mean they are sellouts. - DCfnaf
Changing music genres is not "selling out". They've always been a pop rock band... - DCfnaf
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.
What I don't get:
From Hybrid Theory to Minutes to Midnight they had their distinctive style, rock with a bit of hip hop mixed in. The latter album had more complex compositions but still was their genre. Then they made an experimental album like A Thousand Suns, which was neither their style nor very commercial. Then they basically made a house-pop album with Living Things, which was a flop and was heavily criticized. So they went back to rock and became heavier than ever before with The Hunting Party. Maybe it wasn't as successful but they went back to the roots. THEN they uploaded music from their upcoming album and it is... trap music? Really? I thought after having listened to THP that they went back to their original style but obviously they don't know what they want. - Martin_Canine
One More Light was an awful album. - Metarock
Heavy. The worst song ever made by a great bandV 5 Comments
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?
I'm seriously surprised how no one talks about Snoop Dogg selling out just like they do with Metallica selling out. Snoop started collaborating with terrible artists like Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, PSY, promoting terrible rappers like Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, even guest stared on Big Time Rush!
Besides all of that, he hasn't been himself either. Right now he's trying to be a wannabe Rastafarian, even calling himself "Snoop Lion."
Snoop really has changed. He's in his 40's Now so he should just retire already. He was a gangster back then but now he's a joke that's not funny.
How dare you put Avril Lavigne here!
This website is easy to troll
Their new album is too poppy. - Userguy44
Compare Mylo Xyloto to Parachutes. They sang with Rihanna, for god's sake!
As a side note, I don't think some people on this list understand the point of it.
Great 70's band.
since their reunion in the 80's...its been all radio style crap.
No. For me, selling out means producing less valuable music that is just made with the intention of money. - Alkadikce
What! - Userguy44
no - Nickelstickman
He was never good at the beginning.
"he sold out 2 MSG concerts in 22 seconds" That's a huge record
Bieber is the best namja in Canada forever..!
Justin Bieber is the best Canada singer I love
Surprised he wasn't here. He used to actually be really good. - RnBLover
Definitely, her latest songs are so average. She needs to go back to her old stuff.
This is the chick who collaborated with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
Okay, now this chick is actually a sell out, and not Tom DeLonge. She gave up her band No Doubt, which is Ska Punk, in order to be a pop artist and become more popular. She doesn't put passion in her pop music. Meaning she did sell out, when someone does not even put passion into something, just doing it for fame, that is big time selling out.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Metallica is on here but One Direction isn't? - railfan99
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
I miss the old them... - Misfire
Top 5 material. - Userguy44
How does a band go from Funk Rock and Alternative to bubblegum wuss music?
I liked them when everything wasn't just the Adam Levine show. The other band members are covered with dubstep electronic rubbish now.V 3 Comments
Simulation Theory. Enough said! - Userguy44
Muse never sold out
They should be a lot higher. Warning sucked, then I gained back their respect once American Idiot came out, and after that they sucked and still do. - Gruunge
How are they sellouts? Changing your sound does not make you a sell out. - DCfnaf
After American idiot..it all went down hill
No she hasn't. Her latest album is her best yet. - Swellow
A perfect example of this - giving up really good voice just to appeal to masses more. - saaarsdej
Actually, the exact opposite happened. "The Fame" was purely typical pop music of the 2000s. Catchy pop, but still pop. Then on "The Fame Monster" she started experimenting with darker atmosphere and lyrics, followed by avantgarde elements. Songs like "Scheiße" and "Government Hooker" from "Born This Way" are hardly mainstream. She recorded an artpop album, and a jazz album, has written and performed a song about sexual assault and her latest album is a nostalgic look at when pop music was not entirely made electronically. Actually, Lady Gaga started off as mainstream and evolved into something like a multimedia performance artist, but one that still cares if her music is still listenable and enjoyable. - Martin_Canine
From it was written to nastradomous he was a sellout. Fortunatly he made a big time comeback with stillmatic and the rest is history.
He soldout which didn't work too well. Then tried to un-sellout but it's too late. Now I just him on Hennessey ads
Illmatic is amazing, everyone knows that ❤️. It was written was cool, Nostradamus sucked and now he's good again.
1st album: whatever
2nd: drug-influenced noisy funk rock something
3rd: messy funk rock mash
4th: funk rock
5th: melodic funk rock
6th: psychedelic-grunge-vibe funk
(what happened here? )
7th: funk-influenced alternative rock
8th: post millennial indie nerdrock
9th: combination of the above two
10th: party pop
11th: pop rock - Alkadikce
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