The United States of Nickelback

There’s no band that people love to hate more than Nickelback — or is there? While this Canadian post-grunge rock band has vocal opponents, it turns out that more people listen to Nickelback than may care to admit it in public. Using data from AccuRadio’s playshare across all channels, we ranked each state according to their feelings on Nickelback, from love to hate and everything in between. Here are the results.

The United States of Nickelback

The States That Love Nickelback

Nickelback proponents have plenty of evidence to point to that suggests that the band is more popular than outsiders may guess. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and in 2006, Nickelback received the World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Rock Artist, beating out some other rock bands like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Coldplay. Nickelback has released 35 singles worldwide, 22 of which have made a top-10 chart in the United States.

Originally formed by the Kroeger brothers (Chad, Mike, and their cousin Brandon) and Ryan Peake, Nickelback can find their most ardent fans in Nevada. Las Vegas has welcomed Canadian talents such as Shania Twain and Celine Dion with open arms in the past; now, Nickelback joins their ranks. Wyoming residents are the second-biggest lovers of Nickelback, followed by Alaska, Idaho, and West Virginia. Fort Wayne, Indiana, boasts the third-highest concentration of Nickelback fans, and in 2014, South Dakota performed more searches for Nickelback than any other state (interestingly, however, North Dakota tops South Dakota in Nickelback fandom, coming in at eighth on our list).

The States That Love To Hate Nickelback

On the flip side, hating Nickelback seems to be a common trend these days; in fact, Steven Hyden of Grantland believes that “Hating Nickelback is the last form of pop music monoculture,” meaning that it’s the only thing on which music fans can agree. Readers of Rolling Stone think so too; in 2013, they named Nickelback the second-worst band of the 1990s, behind only Creed. And in 2014, more than 50,000 people signed an online petition protesting the fact that Nickelback would play the halftime show of the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving game.

Leading the charge against Nickelback is the state of Rhode Island. Interestingly, Hawaii comes in second on this list, despite the fact that Mike Kroeger currently lives in Hawaii, and they’ve recorded songs in the state. Vermont, Maryland, and Massachusetts round out the top five biggest Nickelback-hating states, while Connecticut, New York, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Iowa complete the top ten.

Sure, it’s interesting to talk about whether you love or hate Nickelback – but at the end of the day, the band members themselves don’t really care what you say about them, as long as you’re talking. Says lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger, “They keep ragging on the band. If they had stopped writing all this stuff about us, there would be no controversy left in the band, and we probably would have died out years ago. They don’t know that they’re still responsible for us being around today.” If that’s the case, rock on, Nickelback.

How do you feel about Nickelback? Let us know in the comments!

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