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Few bands did more than Nickelback to establish the force of slick, commercially minded post-grunge in the 2000s. Led by vocalist Chad Kroeger, the band initially emerged in the late '90s as Canada's answer to Creed, prizing a blend of gruff vocals and distorted (yet radio-friendly) guitars. After a handful of singles failed to gain much traction in Canada, "How You Remind Me" caught hold in 2001, eventually topping the charts in several countries while gathering four Grammy nominations and four Juno Awards. Creed imploded several years later, but Nickelback's popularity only grew as the decade progressed, effectively eclipsing those acts that had once informed the band's sound. Chad Kroeger honed his frontman skills by performing with cover bands in Hanna, a small Canadian town 215 kilometers northeast of Calgary. After growing tired of playing other people's songs, he borrowed money from his stepfather and relocated to Vancouver, where he recorded his first batch of original material. Mike Kroeger, Chad's bass-playing sibling, decided to join his brother's band, as did fellow Vancouver transplants Ryan Peake (a guitarist who had befriended the Kroeger in middle school) and Ryan Vikedal (a drummer from Peake's hometown of Brooks, Alberta). Nickelback officially took shape in 1996 and quickly set to work, releasing two albums -- the Hesher EP and full-length album Curb -- before the year was up. By 1998, the bandmates were managing themselves; Chad courted radio stations, brother Mike handled distribution, Vikedal booked shows, and Peake maintained the band's website. January 2000 saw the arrival of The State, Nickelback's second independent release. Issued at a time in which Canadian content requirements were increased (and, accordingly, local radio stations had begun to desperately seek out homegrown product), the album fared very well on indie charts. Nickelback toured ceaselessly in support of The State, logging approximately 200 shows while playing alongside other groups of the burgeoning post-grunge genre. Nickelback's commercial appeal wasn't lost on the record industry, either, and The State's distribution rights were quickly snapped up by Roadrunner Records in the U.S. and EMI in Canada. As the band continued to tour, Kroeger kept writing new songs, many of which were honed in front of live audiences. Much of that material found its way onto Silver Side Up, which was produced by Rick Parashar (who came to prominence in the early '90s by helming Pearl Jam's Ten, Alice in Chains' Sap, and Blind Melon's self-titled debut) and recorded at Green House, the same Vancouver studio used during The State's creation. The combination of Nickelback's growing popularity and Kroeger's focused songwriting propelled Silver Side Up onto album charts across the world, spearheaded by the hit single "How You Remind Me." Kroeger capitalized on that exposure by producing another Vancouver-based band, Default, and collaborating with Saliva's Josey Scott for the Spider-Man soundtrack. The Long Road then arrived in 2003, featuring an increasingly polished sound and another high-charting single, "Someday." While some listeners criticized the apparent similarities between "Someday" and "How You Remind Me," The Long Road had little trouble maintaining Nickelback's wide audience, eventually selling over five million copies worldwide. In February 2005, Nickelback announced the departure of Vikedal. He was soon replaced by 3 Doors Down's former drummer, Daniel Adair, and Nickelback returned to Kroeger's studio in Vancouver to begin work on another album. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Pantera's Dimebag Darrell (who unfortunately died before the album's release) were guests on the chart-topping All the Right Reasons, which arrived in October 2005. The album proved to be Nickelback's most popular effort to date, remaining in the Billboard Top 30 for over two years and selling over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. It also spawned five Top 20 singles, a feat that attracted the attention of veteran producer (and demonstrated hit-maker) Mutt Lange. Nickelback traveled to Lange's home in Switzerland to share songwriting ideas; impressed with the results, they also enlisted him to helm their next album. Recorded in a converted Vancouver barn, Dark Horse marked the band's sixth studio album upon its release in November 2008. Nickelback's seventh studio album arrived nearly three years after the multi-platinum-selling Dark Horse. The 11-track Here and Now, which was preceded by the singles "Bottoms Up" and "When We Stand Together," hit the streets on November 21, 2011. The following year Kroeger began working on fellow Canadian rock star Avril Lavigne's eponymous fifth album. Shortly after their working partnership began, they began dating and eventually married in early 2013. The band put together their first compilation, The Best of Nickelback, Vol. 1, which appeared in November of 2013; the 19-track collection contained no new songs. In 2014 the band's contract with Roadrunner expired and they decided not to renew, signing instead with Universal Republic for their eighth album, No Fixed Address. The album included a number of departures from Nickelback's usual fare, including radio-friendly "What Are You Waiting For?," the politicized "Edge of a Revolution," and "Got Me Runnin' 'Round," which featured a horn section and rapper Flo Rida. No Fixed Address appeared in November 2014. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Stations Featuring
Nickelback

    Xtreme Alt Rock

    Xtreme Alt Rock
    7 songs

    Hard Rock

    Hard Rock
    9 songs

    New Rock First

    New Rock First
    1 song

    Power Ballads

    Power Ballads
    5 songs

    '00s Alternative

    7 songs

    WTF

    1 song

    '00s Pop

    1 song

    Rock Anthems

    2 songs

    Lite Hits

    6 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    4 songs

Albums by
Nickelback

Top Songs by
Nickelback

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Rockstar
  3.   How You Remind Me
  4.   Photograph
  5.   Someday
  6.   If Everyone Cared
  7.   If Today Was Your Last Day
  8.   Far Away
  9.   Animals
  10.   Gotta Be Somebody
  11.   Something in Your Mouth
  12.   Figured You Out
  13.   Burn It to the Ground
  14.   Savin' Me
  15.   Too Bad
  16.   Feed the Machine
  17.   Bottoms Up
  18.   Never Again
  19.   Shakin' Hands
  20.   Side of a Bullet
  21.   Million Miles An Hour
  22.   Edge of a Revolution
  23.   Leader of Men
  24.   This Afternoon
  25.   Feelin' Way Too Damn Good
  26.   Lullaby
  27.   What Are You Waiting For?
  28.   This Means War
  29.   Never Gonna Be Alone
  30.   I'd Come For You
  31.   Next Contestant
  32.   S.E.X.
  33.   She Keeps Me Up
  34.   Old Enough
  35.   Just Four
  36.   When We Stand Together
  37.   Follow You Home
  38.   Fight for All the Wrong Reasons
  39.   Trying Not to Love You
  40.   Next Go Round
  41.   Just To Get High
  42.   Gotta Get Me Some
  43.   Breathe
  44.   Satellite
  45.   Get 'Em Up
  46.   Everything I Wanna Do
  47.   Someone That You're With
  48.   See You at the Show
  49.   Miss You
  50.   Because of You
  51.   Make Me Believe Again
  52.   Believe It or Not
  53.   Sister Sin
  54.   Don't Ever Let It End
  55.   Legs
  56.   Kiss It Goodbye
  57.   Do This Anymore
  58.   Got Me Runnin' Round
  59.   Should've Listened
  60.   Flat on the Floor
  61.   Worthy to Say
  62.   Midnight Queen
  63.   Deep
  64.   Woke Up This Morning
  65.   Holding On to Heaven
  66.   Slow Motion
  67.   Diggin' This
  68.   Another Hole in the Head
  69.   Good Times Gone
  70.   Hangnail
  71.   Cowboy Hat
  72.   One Last Run
  73.   Just For
  74.   The Hammer's Comin' Down
  75.   Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)
  76.   Throw Yourself Away
  77.   I Don't Have
  78.   Left
  79.   Curb
  80.   Not Leavin' Yet
  81.   Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) by Kid Rock
  82.   Learn the Hard Way
  83.   Window Shopper
  84.   Fly