Nickelback is a band that most people love to hate, but secretly like at least some of their songs. If you take some time to cycle through their albums there are plenty of great songs within them, just coupled with the obvious radio rock songs that seem to be the cause of peoples hatred towards the band. With all that in mind, here are the top 10 best Nickelback songs of all time.
10. Rockstar – All The Right Reasons (2005)
Ok, let’s just rip the bandaid off right now and start with the song that is the reason for a lot of hatred, and we get it. But, if you look at the song logically, it is a really well written and catchy song. Selling 4.5 million singles in the US alone, Rockstar has gone on to become one of Nickelback’s most popular songs of all time, with the music video featuring many cameos including Gene Simmons, Billy Gibbons, Wayne Gretzky, Kid Rock, Nelly Furtado, and Jerry Cantrell. Love it or hate it, it is hard to deny that it is a great song.
9. Someday – The Long Road (2003)
One of Nickelback’s earlier songs and a sneak peek and the less “heavy” band, capable of writing much more radio-friendly rock music. Someday became a hit during the early file-sharing days on programs such as iMesh, and Limewire. But, despite being illegal piracy, it served as a great promotion for the band and turned a lot of people onto the band, which they capitalized on with future albums.
8. If Today Was Your Last Day – Dark Horse (2008)
One of Nickelback’s best albums from top to bottom, featuring hit after hit, and If Today Was Your Last Day is one of its best. Delivering the message of making the most of your life and living like today is your last day, an inspirational song that can’t help but lift people up out of a slump. Despite only being number 8 on this list, if there was one Nickelback song I would recommend someone listen to, it would probably be this one. Especially after the last year or so, it has been hard not to fall into a trap of depression and hopelessness, this song can really help put things into perspective.
7. Never Again – Silver Side Up (2001)
A song about alcoholism and domestic violence, a very powerful way to kick off their smash hit album “Silver Side Up”. People think that Nickelback just writes cookie-cutter radio rock hits, this song proves otherwise.
6. Side Of A Bullet – All The Right Reasons (2005)
Speaking of not writing cookie-cutter radio hits, Side Of A Bullet is perhaps the heaviest song the band has ever written. Former Pantera’s guitarist Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed during a live show in December 2004, prompting Chad Kroeger to write Side Of A Bullet. The song also features an unreleased Dimebag solo, making this song even greater.
5. When We Stand Together – Here And Now (2011)
Another inspirational Nickelback song, this time from their 2011 album “Here And Now”. The song is about wanting people to not turn a blind eye to the misery that goes on through the world, following whatever the mainstream media tell them and to stand up and try and make the world a better place. It is very unlikely that the world will ever reach anything close to world peace, but it is a nice thought.
4. Photograph – All The Right Reasons (2005)
The song that became an internet meme in the late 2010s, Photograph is a song about reminiscing on the good old days when you’re younger and in school, something many of us can relate to. Everyone remembers their youth fondly and this is a perfect accompaniment to those thoughts.
3. Animals – All The Right Reasons (2005)
Following on from Photograph on the “All The Right Reasons” album, Animals is a balls to the wall hard rock song about driving fast and partying hard. There isn’t much to say about this song except listen to this if you want to get in the mood for partying!
2. Burn It To The Ground – Dark Horse (2008)
Perhaps best known for being the theme song for WWE Raw for a time, Burn It To The Ground became a smash-hit upon its release. A song about partying hard and drinking everything in sight, this seems to be a common theme with Nickelback songs.
1. How You Remind Me – Silver Side Up (2001)
The song that started it all, How You Remind Me is the song that sent Nickelback to the stratosphere in 2001, becoming one of the most played music videos at the time. The song has remained Nickelback’s most popular song, even 20 years later, racking up over 496 million plays on Spotify at the time of writing, more than 100 million more than second place.