You know what. I know tons of people that hate them, but honestly, they're pretty average. I can handle them in small amounts. I actually caught myself singing along to this song in my car a few days ago:
That being said, I'm also kind of an audiophile, so I can rock out to just about anything.
I don't know about nationwide but around here Nickleback and Creed were some of the first "WTF is this ****?" bands to hit the alternative rock stations. They just didn't fit with everything else that was being played at the time. Therefor people who enjoy bands like Tool, Korn, System of a Down, Alice in Chains, (etc) grew to loathe Nickleback and other similar bands. I can't even listen to my local "new rock" station anymore. Too much shitty music.
Because the singer sounds constipated... that and the radio stations in my city suck; the same song is played in less than 7 hours.
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You're absolutely right, Coldplay is un-listenable. I would rather listen to 45 minutes of nails on a chalkboard than 30 seconds of that crap...I couldn't believe it when SiriusXM started giving them a dedicated channel on the weekends once in a while...what a waste...
I was going to point out that Coldplay gets tons of hate too, but I just proved it before I even said anything.