Justin Trudeau Defends Nickelback on 'The Daily Show': Watch

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Nickelback attend the 2016 Juno Awards at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 3, 2016 in Calgary, Canada.

"You know what? Nickelback's alright."

After years and years of Nickelback bashing, Canadians are finally standing up for their countrymen and defending the rock band's credibility. 

First it was Avril Lavigne shaming media outlets for polls ranking Nickelback against other unpopular things (Donald Trump, the U.S. congress and others). Now Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken out to support the band's merits. 

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In an interview with The Daily Show, correspondent Hasan Minhaj likens the threat of Syrian refugees sneaking across the U.S. boarder to bring ISIS terrorist attacks to the United States as "the greatest Canadian terrorist threat since September 11, 2001 -- the day Nickelback unleashed their breakthrough album Silverside Up on America." Responding to the assertion, Trudeau replied coolly, "You know what? Nickelback's alright." 

As previously reported, on paper at least Nickelback is better than -- as Trudeau put it -- alright. The band from Hanna, Alberta, has 25 No. 1 hits, counting all of Billboard's U.S. and Canadian song and album charts. On Billboard's Hot 100 chart, it has 19 entires, six of which have hit the top 10 -- including the No. 1 "How You Remind Me," which topped the 2002 year-end Hot 100. And it has charted nine albums on the Billboard 200, six of which have hit the top 10, including the 2005 No. 1 All the Right Reasons

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Nickelback has sold 24 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. And in a 2011 story -- when the band was defending itself against haters -- the group's label reported it had then sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. 

If more and more Canadians speak up for Nickelback, will Americans have to find a new band to use as a punching bag? 

Watch The Daily Show clip below, with the Nickelback section at 7:20


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