Best Nu-Metal Bands


August 4, 2015 - Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Linkin Park
Linkin Park defined the Nu Metal genre. You shouldn't argue about taste and that's why this list isn't really that important but what Linkin Park have achieved nationally and internationally with their style has contributed to the entire audiovisual history as a whole. All the bands in this list are amazing bands with amazing fans. But they just can't top the revolution that Linkin Park sparked and the one they still lead to this day.

When they released they're first music no one wanted to have anything to do with it because it was different and groundbreaking. Just like now, while albums like Hybrid Theory and Meteora are praised for their revolutionary sound. But guess what? Those albums are 10 years old, and only now, in a time of Disney crap and barbie doll teenage stars flying around our ears, we start to appreciate that wonderful noise. Right now it seems like if they are degrading they're own musical style but in reality they're re inventing music. Something they've always done and will continue doing to the very end.

It will probably take another 10 years for most of the simple minds to catch up with they're new style. By that time they will probably already have changed it to something we bitch for now.
Your words are so thoughtful and true. I agree with you. There are so many people who also needs to understand this.


Greatest band of this decade. Awesome. Chester's vocals and Mike's rap are out of this world.
Listen! These guys may have not created nu-metal but they sure took it to another level. Slipknot is good, no doubt about that, but compared to linkin park (chester and Mike ) they have to settle for the #2 spot.
[Newest]How often you can find a band that all their songs be awesome?
More comments about Linkin Park

KoRn are the creators of nu metal. They have the most original and creative ideas and are able to express these with ease. Now that is what we call talent. If there was no KoRn then this nu metal list would have been empty.
So remember if there was no KoRN then there would not have been any nu metal band on earth!
Nu Metal wouldn't exist if it wasn't for KoRn. And none these bands would exist either.
Best band around none of the others in this list come close to the epicness that is KoRn
[Newest]Korn established Nu-Metal in this world. They are pretty much credited as the creators of the entire genre. The band is so unique and creative with their sound, they created an entirely different sound.
More comments about Korn

Slipknot is the best band in this list. The band plays awesome music. Each and every member of the band is awesome. Korn are pioneers of nu-metal but slipknot carried to the some other level. Mudvayne and ill nino also carried to different level. LB and LP aren't nu-metal now. But they kicked asses when they were..
1. SlipKnoT 2. KoRn 3. MudVayne 4. Limp Bizkit/Linkin Park 5. Ill NiNo

Slipknot are the kings of Nu metal, they make best Nu metal songs that are melodic and catchy.
Shaped the genre single handed. Pinnacle of nu-metal artists. Linkin Park and the others are no longer metal. Slipknot all the way!
[Newest]Number 1 all the time
More comments about Slipknot

4System of a Down
no dude no one sucks it's just that system of a down is the best! serj's vocals are far better than the others and their music is really expressing what the song should feel like
S. O. A. D. pissed off awesomes albums! I can say all songs are greats, or better, I can't hate any song! Songs like Cigaro, Radio/Video, Chop Suey, Vicinity of Obscenity, Chic 'n Stu, F*** The System made history of rock music!

I also love other nu metal groups, for example KoRn, P. O. D. and Limp Bizkit, but I still prefer S. O. A. D. , 'cuz they've got more experimantal lines, instruments and they always searched new sounds! In my opinion, S. o. A. D. 's the best group! And not only Toxicity and Steal This Album! are great works, everyone can easily love CDs like S. O. A. D. , Mesmerize, Hypnotize and unofficial works and B-Sides like Toxxic Traxx,... The #1 S. O. A. D. fan in Italy ;) m/
Band with its own characteristics, all personnel are very concerned about the world, from their maneuver that helps to Japan, Iraq, children with cancer and of course the Armenian genocide, etc
[Newest]Random band with random lyrics but still I love them
More comments about System of a Down

Disturbed is the greatest band of all time. Draiman's voice with the heavy beats easily put them above amazing.
1. DISTURBED-every song is great from them
2. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE-your betrayal, tears don't fall, scream aim fire, waking the demon, hand of blood, the last fight, all these things I hate, fever, eye of the storm, heart burst into fire...
3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD-beast and the harolt, scream, bat country, nightmare, afterlife, almost easy, unholy confessions, welcome to the family...
4. SYSTEM OF A DOWN-chop suey, toxicity, sugar, byob, aerials, hypnotize, lonley day, pluck, atwa...
5. SLIPKNOT-wait and bleed, before I forget, psychosocial, eyeless, sulfur, left behind, the nameless, pulse of the maggots...
Disturbed are the best band ever. There is not an album that I have been disapointed with. Slipknot are my 2nd favourite band.
Where is trivium in this list and As I Lay Dying they are really good bands, but Disturbed tops the chart.
[Newest]My Favorite Band Ever! !
More comments about Disturbed

This list sucks! Deftones is the best Nu metal band. The started back in the 90s and still playing. They even go to central America a few times.
I agree the Deftones are the creators of this genre PERIOD! The melodic imagery the depict in their songs are absolutely unreal! The new album Koi No Yokan is amazing, but all their albums deserve a listen. I agree this list sucks! DEFTONES SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE not Linkin Park!
Most under rated band ever. Deftones deserve to be in the top 5 if not a top 3 rank. Besides, they still release great albums to this day, something you can't say about Limp Bizkit, Korn and the over rated Disturbed. by the way - why is Avenge Sevenfold (a one hit wonder emo band) even on this list?
[Newest]Best band of all time you people have no clue what you're talking about if you Linkin Park at number one!

More comments about Deftones

7Limp Bizkit
Great band, very definition of Nu Metal, not the best but definitely deserves to be in the top 5 with Linkin Park, Slipknot, Deftones, and Korn
Limp Bizkit are genuine, other bands like linkin park just followed the trend at the time for with a clear commercial purpose..
Limp Bizkit should be number one. My Way, My Generation, Boiler,... just great.
[Newest]Disturbed above Limp Bizkit, really?
More comments about Limp Bizkit

Every song is uniquely perfect. If you were to define Nu Metal, this would be it. Mudvayne has a good grasp on the concept of Nu Metal. Though they sometimes use riffs more than once, I can agree they are one of the best Nu Metal bands my ears have ever been graced to listen to.
MUDVAYNE IS AMAZING! Seriously if you haven't listened to them, you're missing out
mudvayne is the best band ever, they kick ass and every album they made is different to each other.
[Newest]You've got nothing to Gein from not listening to them

9Rage Against the Machine
First off they were there from the start they have a more succesful than any other nĂ¼ metal bands. Bottom line is after songs like take the powe back, sleep now in the fire, bulls on a parade and others they are just the best
What is wrong with you people? Avenged sevenfold is not even nu metal, ratm is the creators of nu metal and is not even in the top ten? You people should hear the early days of nu metal rather than mainstream
[Newest]Why are they on this list

10Papa Roach
the best band ever. Jacob Shaddix has the greatest vocal nowadays. I think the band should play again in Brazil!
They were really a great nu metal band... Of course now they have changed their genre to rock... They were and they are awesome
I have been listening to papa roach since I was 8 I am now 13 I don't know my real dad but seems jacoby put that in some of his song I can honestly say it has saved my life just to know someone else knows what I'm going threw and If by any chance was seen my jacoby I would just like to say thanks

The Contenders

I love this band, they have so many different sounds, its something everyone can enjoy and listen to.
Great band with an even better message, all of their albums are completely good albums, not ones that you just torrent for one song, also they haven't sold out like linkin park and korn, also they use a variety of sounds from rasta sounds to deep sounding guitar riffs, incredible band, chec em out, one of my favorites, and that saying something
The rap and singing of the same person... It never feels like it... When he raps it feels he is a pro only rapper... When he sings he feels just like a singer and when he screams he puts the level of chester in it 8)
[Newest]Listen to the lyrics, then you'll realise why this band deserve top spot

12Ill Nino
As far as nu-metal goes, nobody does it better than Ill Nino. No metal band fuses together radio friendly hooks, beautiful melodies, aggression, variety, and overall balance better than these guys. And their Latin influences only make them even more unique. Even if you aren't a fan of nu-metal, anyone who likes any kind of metal owes it to themselves to check out these guys.
So underrated. But they have epic songs. Don't believe me, look up, This is War, Finger Painting with the Enemy, My Resurrection, Liar.
Extremely unknown and they are so good, together with slipknot, System of a Down and the foot fighters my favorite band
[Newest]I love this band, nu metal with the latin music. Awesome combination.


Not All Songs Are Great but Solitaire unraveling and XII Album Savior sorrow Are Killer... they are Better Instrumentally than Slipknot... though definitely less popular give them a try their sound will grow on you.
Most original deep and dark band ever. They feel really special to me. First the music of course, The industrial rap and the guitars and keyboard are great, but they manage to take me away to the nightmares in my childhood. The illustrations in scary books about forests and witches come to life when I listen songs like Soitaire Unraveling and 43. Mushroomhead deserves to be in the top 10. They are to my opinion the only good Nu-metal band.
Mushroomhead is one of the most original and unique bands out their. The only reason I can think of not to give them a chance is because of peoples prejudice against Nu-Metal. But trust me even if you don't like them at first keep listening they'll grow on you.
[Newest]Mushroomhead is not nu metal. It is, however, awesome.

How is Staind only 45th on this list? They are an amazing band, that made a great comeback to their older style with their newest album. Linkin park's music style is getting worse. Staind deserves to be in the top 10.
Staind have hit heavy and they have hit soft. They honestly don't sound like any other band. The combine the many elements of Nu Metal and mix it with Post-Grunge
Staind's self-titled album in 2011 is one of the best nu metal albums of recent years. They went soft in 14 Shades of Grey, Chapter V and Illusion of Progress, but returned to their usual heavy sound in this kick ass album. Great band. Certainly deserves to be in the to 10.
[Newest]I am staind by their music forever as it touches my soul

15Coal Chamber
They are creators of this true nu metal sound, which is based on really simple and raw riffs supported by very fast and powerful drums. They are also creators of that unique dark image and haircuts, which is copied by another million of nu metal bands. They have done a lot for nu metal music and they deserve better position in this list
Korn definitely did not come up with nu metal. Nu metal was started by these guys, Coal Chamber. Look it up.
Dez Fafara's vocals have an aggressive sound, really dark and it has what makes it perfect for nu metal.

They have lost a step in the past few years, but the 6 previous amazing studio albums more than make up for it. No other band has even 4 albums that good, collectively. 7D rocked from '97 to '06... Longer than anyone did, at that level. 37'th is a disgrace. Some of the other bands higher plain suck!
Should be much higher
They belong top ten.

Taproot is a great band, they should be at least in the top 10, if not the top 5. They have awesome tunes like Poem, Again & Again, I, Fractured etc.


To be honest, at least Taproot tries to stay with true heavy metal roots unlike Linkin Park and Slipknot


19Hollywood Undead
Really like this band's style. Not putting down other bands but this band's lyrics just speak to me on a personal level and I like that they have songs for all occasions
They're lyrics are inspiring and have a true meaning alongside their rhythm and beat
What a band danny has great vocals and charlie scene funny man j dog and johnny 3 tears are insabne rapers best rapcore band and 10th best nu metal band they are cool as.
[Newest]They make great music

20Static X
Static-X is tried and true. My favorite band out there. They give it all on every song.
One of first nu-metal bands
First album is hands down one of the best in the genre

Comments About This List

Featured Lists
Popular Lists
New Lists

Top Remixes of This List






see more...

Posts About This List

List Info

This list was created 7 years, 109 days ago and has been voted on over 9,000 times. This top ten list contains 127 items, has been remixed 66 times and has been blogged about 2 times.

Updated Monday, August 03, 2015

List Error Reporting

See an item on this list that's misspelled, duplicated, or doesn't belong? Let us know. Click here to report the error.