Imagine Dragons

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Name(s): Imagine Dragons
Scope/Focus: Music
Date(s): 2008 - Present
See also: Bandom
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Imagine Dragons are a band comprising of Dan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman.

Fandom

Fans of the band are known as Firebreathers.

Their songs are often used in vids, "Radioactive"[1][2] was a very popular choice, see:

Other popular song choices for vids are "Natural"[3][4][5], "Battle Cry", see Battle cry and Do or Die., and "Warrior", see Warriors (Marvel DC fanvid).

Reputation

In wider fandom spaces, as well as in more mainstream outlets, the band have gained a similiar reputation as Nickelback in recent years, with similiar jabs directed at them. In 2019, Corey Taylor - frontman of Slipknot - stated:

They're awful, so that's cool. And they're from Vegas, so I'm gonna go home to protests. Can't show my face in this town now. Yeah, people are slowly coming back to appreciate Nickelback and then just turning their irksome ire towards Imagine Dragons.[6]

The Hawkeye TV series also has a quick jab at the band.

Some of this may be the result of their commercial success and how their music is often thought of as overused in trailers for upcoming movies[7] One reddit thread discussing the phenomenon in 2017:

[Reddit poster to r/Imaginedragons]
I love believer but it's on the radio every day, on commercials, movie trailers, and TV shows. It's kinda losing it's punch if you get what I mean
[response 1]
The same way Radioactive was overused. It's nothing unusual.
[response 2]

And on top of the world[8]

A different fan from the same thread had a different perspective:

let ID have their spotlight instead of criticizing them over their success [8]

A reddit discussion about the use of Imagine Dragons songs in the TV Series Sweet Home in 2020 illustrating how the band has become seen as a meme:

[Reddit commenter]
I legit burst out laughing because Imagine Dragons is bit of a meme now in the US and it was such a serious, badass moment.
[response]
Yea same lol I was like... Imagine Dragons? The most generic ass movie trailer music possible. And they just keep using it. I’m not even finished with the series. I’m wondering how many more times they use it lol

Overall, responses to these type comments from fans have been mixed.

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