Best Nu-Metal Bands


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1Linkin 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 ...more

Your words are so thoughtful and true. I agree with you. There are so many people who also needs to understand this. - rebellion

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.

Chester enough said

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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

They created the genre

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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!

Slipknot wasn't Nu Metal when they made Iowa. They kinda were on the Self Titled album but only on songs such as Spit it Out and No Life. But they are better than all the other bands on here I'll tell you that. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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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

One of the most innovative metal bands ever definitely deserves to be number 1.

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Disturbed is the greatest band of all time. Draiman's voice with the heavy beats easily put them above amazing.

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.

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...

Draiman is definitely one of the top vocalists of all time. Disturbed has this unique sound to it, badass catchy hooks and meaningful lyrics- they deserve to be top 3

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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!

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?

Still Number one after leaving all that nu metal stuff behind! Dreaming and rocking in the same way.

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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.

Disturbed above Limp Bizkit, really? - 05yusuf09

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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.

You've got nothing to Gein from not listening to them

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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

Guys, Rage Against the Machine isn't actually a nu-metal band. They're actually considered alternative metal/rap metal, because they released their first album in 1992, two years before Korn created nu-metal with their self-titled album in '94. Still, they're a great band, better than anything else on this list.

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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

Slipknot as a nu-metal?! And higher than PAPA ROACH?! I can't understand it

Slipknot is Nu Metal, Papa Roach is not. Papa Roach is Alternative Metal. - scaryness

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The Contenders


I love this band, they have so many different sounds, its something everyone can enjoy and listen to.

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)

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

Listen to the lyrics, then you'll realise why this band deserve top spot

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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

I love this band, nu metal with the latin music. Awesome combination. - 05yusuf09

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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.

Underrated band

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14Coal 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.

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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.

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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.

They are great band, I like their songs Mudshovel, Spleen, Just Go and Eyes Wide Open. - 05yusuf09

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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. - UltimateHybridX

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.

Not really Nu-Metal, but it's a great band!

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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

No these guys didn't rip off Nine inch nails not at all.

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