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10 Rock "Sellout" Albums That Are Actually Really Good

The term sellout always tends to bring up rancor in the minds of rock fans. As much as they may love to listen to their favorite bands night after night, no one wants to see their musical gods phone it in over the course of an entire record. On the other hand, cashing in doesn't always equate to losing the quality.

Across every stripe of rock music, there have been many acts who actually got a bit better after selling out. From the new career directions on some albums to the outright left turns into pop, the hooks on display here are just as good as they were back in the old days. Some of these albums even went so far into the mainstream that they end up eclipsing even the artists' best work, which may or may not sit well with the purists.

Does it feel a little awkward seeing these groups cash their checks in musical form? Yes, a little bit. However, these albums may just be what each of the respective artists needed to reenergize themselves to make even more kickass records. These are certainly a different musical skin for some of our favorite acts, but the end result still ends up working well on them.

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