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Released: June 7, 2005

Rating: 3.410 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: mainstream rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Follow You Home
  2. Fight for All the Wrong Reasons
  3. Photograph
  4. Animals
  5. Savin’ Me
  6. Far Away
  7. Next Contestant
  8. Side of a Bullet
  9. If Everyone Cared
  10. Someone That You’re With
  11. Rockstar

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 8.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 11.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
peak on U.K. album chart 13

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Photograph (8/20/05) #2 US, #18 UK, #16 AC, #1 AR, #3 MR, #1 AA, sales: 0.8 m, air: 0.5 m
  • Animals (11/26/05) #97 US, #1 AR, #16 MR, air: 0.1 m
  • Far Away (1/28/06) #8 US, #40 UK, #5 AC, #1 AA, air: 0.4 m
  • Savin’ Me (3/11/06) #19 US, #29 AC, #11 AR, #29 MR, #2 AA, air: 0.3 m
  • Rockstar (7/29/06) #6 US, #2 UK, #4 AR, #37 MR, #6 AA, sales: 3.09 m, air: 0.5 m
  • If Everyone Cared (2/3/07) #17 US, #17 AC, #37 AR, #1 AA, air: 0.2 m
  • Side of a Bullet (3/17/07) #7 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, pop/rock. Click to go to awards page.

All the Right Reasons
All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls Nickelback “unspeakably awful,” STE a general sentiment among critics. As he says, Nickelback “favor clumsy, plodding riffs, still incessantly rewrite the same chords and melody, still harmonize exactly the same way on every song, [and lead singer Chad] Kroeger still sounds as if he’s singing with a hernia [and] he still writes shockingly stupid lines.” STE

So, the big question is why would the DMDB recognize this as one of the 1000 albums of all-time? Plain and simple – it was a hit. One of the DMDB’s problems with many “best of” lists is the favoring of critical acclaim over commercial clout. In the digital era when album sales were heading into freefall everywhere, Nickelback sold albums by the boatloads, fueled by a whopping seven songs that charted one place or another. You don’t have to like the album, but there’s no denying it had an impact on the market.

On this, their fourth outing, “Nickelback ditches any pretense of being a grunge band and finally acknowledges they’re a straight-up heavy rock band. Not that they’ve left the angst of grunge behind…there’s lots of tortured emotions threaded throughout the 11 songs here. But where their previous albums roiled with anger – their breakthrough ‘How You Remind Me’ was not affectionate, it was snide and cynical – there’s a surprisingly large sentimental streak running throughout All the Right Reasons, and it’s not just limited to heart-on-sleeve power ballads like Far Away and Savin’ Me, the latter being the latest entry in their soundalike sweepstakes.” STE

“Kroeger is in a particularly pensive mood here, looking back fondly at his crazy times in high school on Photograph (‘Look at this photograph/ Every time I do it makes me laugh/ How did our eyes get so red?/ And what the hell is on Joey’s head?’), lamenting the murder of Dimebag Darrell on Side of a Bullet (where a Dimebag solo is overdubbed), and, most touching of all, imagining ‘the day when nobody died’ on If Everyone Cared (which would be brought about ‘If everyone cared and nobody cried/ If everyone loved and nobody lied’).” STE

“Appropriately enough for an album that finds Kroeger’s emotional palette opening up, Nickelback try a few new things here, adding more pianos, keyboards, and acoustic guitars to not just their ballads, but a few of their big, anthemic rockers; they even sound a little bit light and limber on Someone That You’re With, the fastest tune here and a bit of relief after all the heavy guitars.” STE

In yet another vein, “despite the attempted sarcasm of Rockstar, he still shows no discernible sense of humor.” STE “All this makes for a more varied Nickelback album, but it doesn’t really change their essence.” STE

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Last updated February 19, 2010.