I remember the first time I heard this song I actually liked it. I liked the way Chad Kroger growled the entire time. I liked that the lyrics was so transparent, so honest, and so simple. The way you did not need to lean so near to the radio to understand the lyrics. Heck, you can even sing the entire song after listening to it once.
However, I remember the Rockstar being so famous that it seemed it beat out Celine Dion’s Titanic song in the overplayed division. I found myself changing radio stations every minute just to make it stop. Sadly it did not work. Being subjected to the song changed people’s opinions, and finally realized that it was one of the most awful songs Nickelback ever made.
Despite that fact, Rockstar’s mainstream success was undeniable. After getting modest reception when initially released with the band’s fifth album All the Right Reasons, the song was re-released in 2007 it reached charts that it didn’t before like Pop 100 Airplay. In the UK, it reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart and #1 in the UK Official Download chart. Thus, Rockstar was deemed Nickelback’s most successful single in the UK.
In the end people gave up and acknowledged that despite being awful, nobody could stop it from becoming an all-time favorite guilty pleasure.