What’s My Age Again? blink-182, Nickelback and Linkin Park Are “Dad Rock” Now

A survey by Merchoid asked Americans about their definitions of dad rock

Map courtesy of Merchoid

BY Sydney BrasilPublished Jun 13, 2024

While we at Exclaim! are well-versed in dock rock, it's come to our attention that some of us might be old — according to modern definitions of dad rock.

Just in time for Father's Day, Merchoid — a company that sells "official geek merchandise" — asked 3,000 Americans, "Which band truly epitomizes dad rock today?" Surprisingly, you don't have to be over 30 to feel personally attacked for this one, as blink-182, Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit and Coldplay are among the bands you might find on your dad's burnt CD iPod playlist.

Topping all of these, however, is Nickelback, which a shocking 26 percent of people called the ultimate dad band. Van Halen and blink were tied for second (12 percent), with the Red Hot Chili Peppers coming in third (10 percent). Nirvana, Linkin Park, Guns N' Roses and Coldplay were fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Bon Jovi makes a little more sense at eighth, but Limp Bizkit rounds off the list at ninth, which makes it feel like it's just one of those days.

Though it makes sense that bands from the '90s are soundtracking dads' drives to work (since the early '90s were 30 years ago, don't you know), Coldplay made their debut in 2000, which feels a little more ridiculous. Maybe we're just the ones who are overgrown babies who can't imagine having our own kids, who's to say?

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