They have some awesome songs... and they're actually good live... so... Why the hate?
(Yeah they don't dance or do anything too fancy... but that's not what music should be about anyways...)
Most Helpful Guy
They sound like a shopping mall manager's idea of what a rock band should be (i. e., bland, boring, family and church-friendly) and every song sounds just like every other song. Plus Kroeger is a complete douche-nozzle as a front-man.
They are to rock bands what a white, upper-middle-class guy would be who tried to be a gangsta-rapper talking about life in the 'hood and how gangsta he was - in other words, a complete poser.1
Most Helpful Girl
They're sort of the epitome of "their older stuff was better". Even people who hate that phrase sometimes can't help but apply it to them. I'm not sure about the whole sell out thing, but I have a few of their songs from back in the day and that's enough. There's no real need to keep all their albums or singles and such, because you have 3 and that's pretty much all you need from them.0