9 Reasons We Should Be Nice to Nickelback

9 Reasons We Should Be Nice to Nickelback

America's most-hated band doesn't deserve to be hated.

It seems like I can't walk down the street or go to a social gathering anymore without hearing the words "Nickelback sucks!" I can't go on social media without seeing "memes" made of Chad Kroeger holding a photograph of something ridiculous that is photo-shopped in the frame (see: the music video for "Photograph"). At any opportunity, people go out of their way to crack jokes at the expense of Nickelback. Sure, it's hilarious, but these men deserve some props. As a firm supporter of this band and an anti-millennial pioneer, I'm choosing to step up to the plate for these four Canadian rockers. So, I've set out to find 9 reasons why we, as human beings, should be a little nicer to the dedicated members of Nickelback.

1. In their extensive 22-year career, Nickelback has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

~50 MILLION~. Journey has sold around 48 million albums to date, Stone Temple Pilots at 40 million, and Grateful Dead at 35 million. Like it or not, Nickelback is in good company with some rock n' roll heavyweights, and they're still going.

2. They rank as the 11th best-selling music act and the 2nd best-selling foreign act in the United States of the entire 2000's.

If everyone doesn't like their music, how are these stats truly possible? You say you can't stand them, but the numbers say differently.

3. Chad Kroeger is actually a nice guy.

It has become pop culture to "hate" lead singer Chad Kroeger because "he's a jerk". This begs the question, evidence please? Sure, if you Google search him, interesting things will pop up (for an 18+ crowd only). However, certainly nothing mind-bending or out of the ordinary as to what many of us hear everyday. As a foul-mouthed and unpredictable young adult in a sea of foul-mouthed and unpredictable young adults, throw Chad a bone.

4. Nickelback does charity work.

What is an inspirational music group if they only have influence within their music? Nickelback goes above and beyond the call of duty by being involved with the Obakki Foundation, an organization that aims to bring clean water to poor villages in Africa (https://obakkifoundation.org/). The group, particularly guitarist Ryan Peake and his wife, launched a project to raise awareness about this cause in 2015, and continue to contribute to it. Aside from the foundation, the group constantly lists the issue of bullying at the forefront of their publicity. Bad music? That's subjective. Bad people? Absolutely not.

5. They have an upcoming album, Feed the Machine, set to be released on June 9, 2017.

If you don't enjoy their early work that has made them a powerhouse of their genre, why not start fresh with the new album? Wipe the slate clean, have an open mind, and enjoy.

6. Putting down Nickelback does not make you cool.

I can't emphasize this one enough. Guess what, Jessica? Brad from Alpha Kappa Sigma Zeta Omega Pi won't be impressed by your casual "Yeah, play anything except for Nickelback. They're, like, so bad!" Save your breath, and save my typing fingers from cramps.

7. Off the top of my head, I can name maybe 50 worse-sounding bands/artists.

On a bad day. For the sake of music, ridicule bands that actually deserve it. Bands like Hootie & The Blowfish, the Sex Pistols, Rush, the Dave Matthews Band. Are you kidding? Don't even get me started on the current state of rap music, if you can even call it that. (I'm talking to you, "Kodak Black").

8. Canadians are the nicest people in the world.

Ever hear someone impersonate a Canadian? In the dialogue that follows, it's sure to mention the word "sorry" about a million times. Why? Because Canadians apologize at the slightest of offenses, even if they never offended you in the first place. I wish America had that stereotype, but I'll keep dreaming. Canada 1, 'Murica 0.

9. These guys are making millions upon millions of dollars ... what did you do today?

While these four gentleman have been touring, grossing countless amounts of cash, and living rockstar lifestyles, you are sitting on your laptop. You have been worrying about your upcoming Biology test, your recent bout of acne, your never-ending day at work tomorrow. So, let's be real. The numbers don't lie. If Nickelback is "irrelevant", I'd hate to see what you are considered.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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