Top 10 "Rock" Bands that are the Biggest Sellouts


The Top Ten

1 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.

Going from generic yet ridiculously catchy funk rock like Harder to Breathe and Makes Me Wonder to watered down, borderline atonal garbage like Don't Wanna Know and Cold...I don't like to call "selling out" an inherently bad thing as it means you can make some really accessible music, but Maroon 5 made terrible music instead. - WonkeyDude98

What happend to she will be loved? What happend to songs about jane? Thtas just a question I have for the group...
( by the way I still love them though)

2 Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. Imagine Dragons' lineup consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman.

Went from alt. rock to mainstream, more music on commercials than radio, which is saying something considering that their music is ridiculously overplayed on the radio (*cough cough* believer)

Why sell records; just do commercial soundtracks. Gotta pay more and easier work.

I hear their songs more in commercials than I do on the radio. That to me screams sell out.

I'm just disappointed

3 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.

Is there a way to vote for something to be removed from a list? This is just nonsensical.

They didn't sell out, they became popular out of nowhere. - The01Bro

To be honest, I don't really find their music bad. At least from the few songs I heard, they're pretty decent. - cjWriter1997

Also, they're not really rock. - The01Bro

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4 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.
5 Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy Fall Out Boy is an American pop rock 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.

Or as I like to call them Sell out Boy - christangrant

6 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.
7 Hinder Hinder Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, lead singer Austin Winkler and guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey.

They never sold in to begin with. - WonkeyDude98

No this is where nickleback should be hinder at least has a good song

8 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar). They were soon joined by guitarist Chris Henderson, and later by drummer Richard Liles.
9 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.

One of the Most Overrated rock bands ever alomg with Nirvana Led Zeppelin and The Beatles - christangrant

10 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative more.

Being a fan of their first three albums, I also liked "A Thousand Suns". It was an experiment, it didn't sound like a sell out move and it wasn't very mainstream, they simply wanted to try out something new. Then "Living Things" was released. And yeah, that was pure mainstream house pop. So many pop artists sounded the same in the early 2010s, and now even a nu metal band like Linkin Park had that style. Then they went back to their roots with "The Hunting Party", and wow, what a relief that was. Everything that once made them awesome was on that album again. I thought they were back to full potential. And now, I hear the first single from their new album and... yeah, it's not as bad as Living Things, but still mediocre pop. - Martin_Canine

I just heard their new 2017 song - Heavy (with Kiiara). Oh god... It's not heavy, it's pop. And some people still call this band "metal"? Just to remind you, Metallica were called sellouts for The Black album because it wasn't thrash metal. But it was still metal, it was thrashy heavy metal. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

For those saying he never sold out Listen to Shot In the Dark and Mama I'm Coming Home those songs sound like Pop songs mixed with rock riffs - christangrant

Mama I'm Coming Home was a ballad, and a damn good one. Shot in the Dark sounds metal enough to me (and is a good song). Oh dear, how dare a heavy metal icon make songs with melody catchy choruses... - truckturner

He did it many times in many different ways. To me he's been a sellout all the time during his solo career - poppy songs, songs on MTV, etc.
Also, the reality show “The Osbournes", featuring Ozzy's domestic life, had 52 episodes and was on MTV and national TVs for 4 seasons (2002-2005). It's like a metal version of The Kardashians... But it's even worse when a metal musician takes part in such things for popularity and money.
The best part: theme song for the show was a silly jazz-swing cover of Ozzy song "Crazy Train", made in a style reminiscent of Pat Boone. This can make every metal fan throw up. - Metal_Treasure

12 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury more.
13 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.

They aren't even that big of a sellout because they never made all of one album just pop songs like Maroon 5 Coldplay and Sell Out Boy did every album they make has at least one heavy song. - christangrant

That may be true but they went from Post Grunge to Hard Rock and they aren't a metal band so in my eyes they can do some poppy songs as long as not an entire album is pop which they don't have one at all as I said every album has at least one hard rock song on it - christangrant

14 The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which was a top twenty single in several countries.

Don't think they're a rock band, check again hun. - ParasN2000

15 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative 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 more.

May I say that their sound matured extremely much in the 2000s? Sure, it's not punk anymore, but the overall composition, the production and the emotions became way more varied on albums like "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown". But hey, that's just me who's not a regular listener. Actually, I think I know nothing by them from the 2010s... wait a sec.
*listens to a few more recent songs by them*
Now tell me where is that anywhere near bad? Actually, that's not even very mainstream. - Martin_Canine

16 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.
17 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.
18 Poison Poison Poison is an American hair/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

They've sucked since Day 1 and we are realizing this 30 something years later? - jack2244

19 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian more.
20 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.
21 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in 1965 in London, England. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitar), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters more.
22 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.
23 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.
24 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition more.
25 Korn Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David more.
26 Black Sabbath Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, Singer Ozzy Osbourne, Bassist and Main Lyricist Geezer Butler and Drummer Bill Ward. The band got into mainstream after improving after their debut album got negative feedback. In 1978, more.
27 Silbermond Silbermond Silbermond is a German alternative rock band consisting of Stefanie Kloß (vocals), Thomas Stolle (guitar), Johannes Stolle (bass), Andreas Nowak (drums) that formed in 2000. more.

The debate if they sold out or matured still goes on... what is the case I don't know. What I do know on the other hand is that they turned from cheeky alternative rock to calm indie pop. Also their punk-ish appearance turned to... well, average people of the 2010s. - Martin_Canine

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