Best Nu-Metal Bands


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Linkin Park
Greatest band of this decade. Awesome. Chester's vocals and Mike's rap are out of this world.
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.


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]Best Band in the world. Need I say more?
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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]Jonathan davis is the best metal singer that I know. His voice is awesome...
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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]My username is one of their songs, I think you know how I feel about them. I mean honestly Linkin Park can't even compare to the raw power that these guys create together. Slipknot and Iowa established their rip-your-face-off-with this song attitude and then Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses established their more melodic side. All Hope Is Gone and.5 the Gray Chapter were worthy additions to their discography as well, if not as good as the first 3 albums. Anyone who says Korn or Linkin Park can compare to Slipknot is clearly lying. I mean, just go to one of their concerts if that is what it's going to take, because they are about the best concerts you can go to (really they're awesome). Bump Slipknot up to number one please. They are the best.
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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]The only nu metal band that is actually good!
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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]Disturbed is one of the greatest bands of all time. With Mike's aboriginal drumming style and David's deep vocals it gives their music a very full feeling.
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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!
Deftones never really did get their just due during the Era when "Nu Metal" was at the top of the game. That was years ago and Deftones are still doing their thing. The latest album "Koi No Yokan" only proves they are the premier Nu Metal act, even if Nu Metal is the wrong category for them. For me, on the list of all time bands its Metallica, Deftones, and no one close after that.


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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]Bad voice, but amazingly talented rock band, Limp Bizkit Rocks!
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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

9Papa 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
They should be in the top 5! Not 11! WTF? They belong with Korn, System of a Down, Slipknot, and LP at the top. LAST RESORT! Limp Bizkit can't compete with that. No more Wes Borland no more limp bizkit. Plain and simple
[Newest]Slipknot as a nu-metal?! And higher than PAPA ROACH?! I can't understand it

10Breaking Benjamin
Probably the best balance between power, lyrics and tone. Brings something out of our guts. No only one song, but all on all of their albums!
Not a nu-metal band and not even that good. They shouldn't be in the top 10 of any list.


The best band ever. Period.

The Contenders

11Rage 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]Best ever. close topic

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

13Ill 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

Best band EVER. Its so good. Linkin Park and this band are #1. Amy Lee is the best chick in nu metal music. Every song is so original and deserves to be at least number 2 on this chart
Evanescence is the best nu metal band in the list. Because this band is "Gothic-Nu Metal" and Amy's voice is so beautiful and impressive. Evanescence is very good mixture of Linkin Park music and gothic music. Listen to Bring Me To Life and Tourniquet, absolutely awesome.

Look, Evanescence is gothic band yes, but, this band is very talented and underrated. Best band in the Century.
Evanescence is really good. Just this band is a nu metal band with Gothic influences. Evanescence is very talented and amazing and no reason to be a nu metal band. Seriously how this band is ranked 15? Legendary songs, legendary female vocalist. My opinion, should be in the top ten. Listen to Fallen, Open Door and self-titled album. Amy Lee is the best singer.
[Newest]15!? Never heard Bring Me To Life?

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.
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.
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.
[Newest]Some kind of reasons, some kind of evidence

16Static 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

17Five Finger Death Punch
People must not listen to Five Finger. They were the band that got me into metal. I don't see anyone listening to them and NOT liking them. And by the way Slipknot should be #1 And 5Finger in the top 10. Just listen to Far from home, Wrong Side of Heaven, Bad Company, Walk Away, Or anything and I guarantee you will want to hear more
Great band I like their double bass and their brute vocals and they have very meaningful songs, one of the best bands of our time I really recommend to anyone who doesn't know them to check a song or two from them.
My all time favorite band, Love 100 ways to hate, and every song by them, I own every album, they should be top 5 at least, I mean really guys, this band is awesome.

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
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.
Why is Staind #44? They definitely deserve the type five spot along with System of a Down, Linkin Park, and Slipknot!
[Newest]I am staind by their music forever as it touches my soul

There is no way Godsmack should be 27. Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine are not nu metal. Godsmack deserves to be somewhere in the Top Tens. This was just an incorrect list. THis list sould look like this:
1. Slipknot
2. System of a Down
3. KoRn
4. Limp Bizkit
5. Disturbed
6. Linkin Park
7. Mudvayne
8. Godsmack
9. Drowning Pool
10. Papa Roach
Awesome drums and really unique voice.
This should go way up.. Vote guys!
[Newest]Should be way higher they deserve to be number 1

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

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