Certain artists consistently show up on lists of the most hated bands of all-time. For some reason, these groups are not well-liked. Yet, someone likes them because they keep making music.
What follows is a list of ten universally hated bands that are also very successful. You’ll soon learn that being detested doesn’t stop groups from selling albums and launching world tours.
U2 is like olives. You either love them or you hate them. Regardless of which camp you’re in, it’s clear that U2 is one of the most successful bands of all-time. They’ve sold more than 170 million albums, captured 22 Grammy Awards, and are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Irish rockers are also responsible for highest grossing concert tour of all-time.
Blink-182 has moved more than 50 million albums. Two of their studio offerings went to number one and their single, “All the Small Things,” peaked at number six. That may not sound like much, but it’s pretty good for a punk band. Best of all, they released an album with Janine Lindemulder on the cover. Let’s see a well-liked band do that.
Coldplay’s sales totals exceed 80 million. During their career, which started in 1996, their music has won more than 60 awards. In the U.S., they have four number one albums. In the U.K., they have seven (impressive since they’ve only released seven albums). Their seminal single, “Viva la Vida,” has sold more than 7 million copies and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year.
You’ll have a better chance of finding Bigfoot then finding someone who will admit to being a Creed fan. Yet, the band has defied all the haters and put together an impressive resume. They’ve sold more than 50 million records, charted two number one albums, and earned four platinum certifications. Their 1999 release, Human Clay, is one of the bestselling albums of all-time.
Limp Bizkit is on the shortlist for most hated musical act of all-time. Even so, they’re members of the 50 Million Club as in 50 million albums sold. They have two number one albums to their credit and have been nominated for three Grammys. Limp Bizkit ruined Woodstock ’99 but still managed to get booked for the 2001 Big Day Out festival, which they also ruined.
Maroon 5 has sold more than 70 million singles and 20 million albums. They’ve charted three number one singles and sent nine more inside the top ten. Adam Levine and company have received three Grammy Awards and Billboard put them on a list of the top 100 artists of all-time, twice. You hate Maroon 5, but how do you feel about Kara’s Flowers?
The animosity and vitriol that Nickelback creates must weigh them down… with money. They were the second bestselling foreign act of the 2000s in the United States (The Beatles were number one). Worldwide, they’ve sold more than 50 million albums and their single, “How You Remind Me,” was the bestselling rock song of the decade. Seven of their studio albums have peaked inside the top ten.
Since their inception in 2010, One Direction has been going in one direction and that direction is to the bank. They are the first band in the history of the Billboard 200 to have their first four albums debut at number one. Their 2014 musical trek, the “Where We Are Tour,” was the most successful tour by a vocal group of all-time. Niall, Liam, Harry, and Louis are consistently ranked on lists of the world’s highest earning musicians.
Stone Temple Pilots
I always thought Stone Temple Pilots got a bad rap and were a bit underrated. Still, they are one of the most hated bands of all-time. They are probably the least successful act on our list. Sure, they have four platinum certifications, but most of their platters dropped in an era when people still bought albums. STP does have one claim to fame: all six of their studio albums peaked inside the top ten of the Billboard 200.
Any organization with Nick Lachey as a member is going to be despised. Despite his “charm,” 98 Degrees stilled finagled three platinum records, one gold record, and a number one single, “Thank God I Found You” with Mariah Carey and Joe. It’s not necessarily a financial success, but it’s certainly an artistic one. We’re talking about that track 98D recorded with Stevie Wonder.