He knows what people want and can craft melodies, choruses, etc. to please those people. You might not like them, and I don't either, but no one can deny that they know how to craft songs that they know are going to sell. Sure, it isn't anything new for them
, but why would they change? They're happy with what they're doing, it sells well, and they've got this main-stream rock/pop songs down to a formula that only they know. Essentially, they created the 21st century mainstream-rock, and a lot ofpeople have been trying to be
Nickelback, which is why their music is annoying, because it became generic after everyone ripped their sound.
And if we're being honest, "How You Remind Me" was not a godawful song - still not incredible - but it was more listenable.