Top 10 Best Nu Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

this album, follow the leader of KORN, slipknot of SLIPKNOT, system of a down of system of a down, rage against the machine of rage against the machine, chocolate starfish and hot dog flavoured water of limp bizkit were ranked in "1001 albums you must have listened before you die"

best nu metal album ever by the best band in the world all these are good but nothing beats linkinparks hyprid theory

Hybrid Theory got me used to liking Linkin Park and is the best nu-metal album that is out there. Favourites are definitely "In The End", "Paper cut" and "A Place For My Head". The album being played at Download in 2014 completes how good this album is and will be in the future!

17 years later in 2017, a masterpiece of nu metal by 6 guys from Glendale. This album defines me in all 12 tracks(14 if you count My December and High Voltage) and I have memorized it by heart.

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2 Korn - Korn

The best nu metal by perhaps the best nu metal band, Korn started the whole genre and this is the album they opened with. Hybrid Theory is a good album but KoRn is better, the second best is probably Life Is Peachy or Follow The Leader

The holy bible of nu metal. Created the genre and inspired a whole new generation of nu metal bands. Definitely the best of all time.

The first Nu Metal album.

Better than Linkin Park

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3 Slipknot - Slipknot

This album should be #1 period.

This is one of the best albums of all genres, easily the best of this one.

This album is the beginning of success from Slipknot... And the first time nominate grammy for song "wait and bleed"

Linkin Park is the Metallica of nu-metal
Everyone blindly votes for them even though there are better bands
KoRn may have created nu metal
Linkin Park may have made it popular among mainstream audience
But Slipknot took it to a whole another level, full of anger, rage and energy.

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4 System of a Down - Toxicity

I'm really not a fan of nu metal, but I popped this in because of recommendation from a fellow friend. And I was delighted and shocked to find that I loved this record. Serj has an absolutely amazing voice and the guitars and drums are so crisp and clear. Amazing album

Serj's amazing voice combined with blistering topical songs makes a great album for the ages. One of the best Bands ever (in my opinion) and they're best album. - Metalhead83927

This Album is one of the best metal albums ever period. It should be 1 on this list easily.

Album is completely full of hits, highlighted by Chop Suey!, Toxicity, and Aerials.

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5 Korn - Follow the Leader

This album made nu metal what it is today. Definitely deserves to be #1

This album made nu metal go mainstream

The smashing hit by Korn. Excellent.

One of my favourite albums of all time and myou favourite nu metal album. Best song on here in my opinion is pretty.

6 Slipknot - Iowa

Amazing album, one class song after another, love this album!

This album literally changed the life of millions of maggots. Definitely one of the greatest Nu metal albums of all time.

Chad Aplin is a great guy.
Corey Taylor's screams,
Joey Jordison's drums,
Mick and Jim's guitars,
Bass, turntables, sampling and Extra percussion!
People = The Heretic Anthem rocks.
Maggot 4 life!

This is an album. Loud and heavy from start to finish.

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7 System of a Down - System of a Down

the best album by the best band ever! I have all their songs and hope they make more someday

Not actually Nu Metal but one of the greatest albums in the History of Metal Music

Best out of all of these. Though they don't really incorporate rap in their music, they're just lumped into the nu metal genre, and as they are, highly surpass every other band here.

8 Linkin Park - Meteora

Meteora is Linkin Park at its finest and at its prime. Everything in this album is amazing and the album from the 1st track to the last (even with the bonus track from iTunes) explains what the band is trying to achieve and will hold up to be one of the best albums in this genre and in the future.

Linkin Park's Album at its prime. Every song are masterpiece, Numb; Somewhere I Belong ; Don't Stay; Breaking the Habit. This is the most successful album in the history of the Alternative Songs chart!

My favourite album of all time. A true masterpiece.

Meteora;more legendary stuff,more diverse.

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9 Mudvayne - L.D. 50

Probably the one that is more underrated on this list. Kinda ridiculous make-up, but in my opinion one of the nu-metal classics and there's a lot that stands out here. Nu-metal, but way more complex than it deserves to be, bass guitar that actually stands out, extremely solid rhythm section (I'd personally say the best out of any band in nu-metal), but also great screaming and thick guitar that actually goes well with bass rather than drowning it out.

This is more than just nu-metal. It's one of the most influential progressive, groove metal albums of all time. We probably wouldn't have Devildriver or any other modern groove metal bands out today. This is far more metal than Linkin Park and how did a bunch of posers (Slipknot) get up here? Deftones also need to be in the top ten as well with either Adrenaline, Around the fur or White Pony. After that they turned into a sludge metal style band.

I'm pretty sure this is my favourite album of all time. The lyrics, the riffs, the eery instrumental segments, all masterpieces. Listening to this album the whole way through is truly an experience.
I'm sick of Linkin Park taking the top spot in these Nu-Metal lists. Mudvayne deserves to be much higher.


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10 Deftones - Adrenaline

Without this album, there would be no rap influence in nu-metal or angst. This is way heavier that Slipknot and deserves to be higher on the list. This is the rawest, most aggressive and heaviest Deftones release you'll ever find. Best tracks are: bored, one weak, nosebleed, minus blindfold, lifter, root, 7 words, engine no 9, first and fireal (fireal, nosebleed, 7 words and engine no 9 are the heaviest tracks) The only track I didn't like was birthmark because it was a bit too depressing.

Top 10 worthy at least. One of the most influential albums to the genre. Listen to the song Bored if you wanna know what this album is like. - cjWriter1997

This is definitely my favourite nu-metal album, but it is close; Issues was a great album too.

With the Korn's album Korn, this is the second nu metal album, a masterpiece.

The Contenders

11 Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish and The Hot Dog Flavored Water

This album is so underrated like so many people bash this album but it's so decent

Definitive number ONE nu metal album of all time - dubbelvla

This album rly need to be higher, I think this album betterthan Three dollar bill

12 Disturbed - The Sickness

Great album. Down With The. Sickness and voices are my favorite songs

Should be higher than 12
5. Follow The Leader- KoRn
4. Slipknot- Slipknot
3. Hybrid Theory- Linkin Park
2. Sickness- Disturbed
1. KoRn- KoRn

13 Limp Bizkit - Significant Other

Nothing can quite prepare you for the onslaught that is Limp Bizkit's breakthrough album, Significant Other. Starting with the almost dubby beats of the intro, with a foreboding voice explaining that if you wanted the worst, then you've got the worst. The album then kicks into fairly comfortable territory with Just Like This. Smash hit, Nookie, follows up with its infections rhythm and sing-along heaviness. If you know nu metal, then you know Break Stuff, the fourth song on the album. It's brutality is cathartic as Fred invites you to vicariously threaten people with chainsaws. Re-arranged is the complete opposite, having exhausted his anger in the previous song, Fred and company offer the listener a crooning ballad about his break up. I'm Broke is perfectly placed to pick up from where Break Stuff started, raging against fairweather friends. Nobody Like You features Scott Wieland and Korn's Jonathan Davis who's contributions create a unique blend of heavy, funky and creepy sounds and ...more

Limp Bizkit is best ever. Also hear there albums Gold Cobra, Results May Vary, etc. These guys will make y'all jump around. They are gods of Raping with metal guitars.L.B. forever!

Significant Other is the revolution of nu metal.. It's should be in top 5!

Significant Other is one of Nu Metals greatest albums. It just has that "wow" factor that not many albums have. I'd rate it a good 9/10

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14 Deftones - Around the Fur

Yeah this is the best if their albums in my opinion, heavy, melodic, and is also on the list if too 50 greatest metal albums of all time (music

Deftones are far better than Evanescence.

If there's no Deftones on Top 10 of Nu Metal - this is not Top 10 of Nu Metal.

Come on man this should be at the top. Not hybrid theory that sucks man

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15 Deftones - White Pony

So I listened to this album because cjWriter1997 said this was really good, well he was right about it being good while I don't think it's the greatest album ever made it definitely is the best Nu Metal album - christangrant

Come on. White pony is a flawless album - Jonerman

This is a amazing album

Down here?

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16 Korn - Issues

No way is this 71. This was a great album, and deserves more awareness.

17 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

I don't really classify RatM as Nu Metal, honestly. However, this album is easily one of (if not the most) influential album of the 90's and it deserves the top spot for that reason. Tom Morello is one of the most creative guitar players of all time. Brad Delson has yet to achieve anything nearly as significant as the riffs and crazy solos Tom Morello feeds into RatM's music in every song.


RATM are the godfathers of nu metal. Without RATM the will not be bands like Limp Bizkit

18 Korn - Life is Peachy
19 Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber
20 Drowning Pool - Sinner

This album is amazing.


21 Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists
22 Roots - Sepultura
23 Korn - Untouchables
24 Tech N9ne - Therapy

An actual rapper can do a better job with Nu Metal than a Nu Metal band can. - Spineapple

25 Nothingface - Violence

An Audio Guide to Everyday Atrocity is even better

26 Papa Roach - Infest

Great album that launched their career!


27 P.O.D. - The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
28 Love and Death - Between Here & Lost
29 Limp Bizkit - Three Dollar Bill, Y'all
30 Static-X - Wisconsin Death Trip

Come on, can't belive this is so low on the list

31 Godsmack - Godsmack

This album kicks ass.

32 Mudvayne - The End of All Things to Come
33 Dope - Felons and Revolutionaries

Best Album for me! WOOOW YEA!

I hate dope

34 Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
35 Linea 77 - Too Much Happiness Makes the Kids Paranoid


36 Adema - Adema

I think its cool

37 Sevendust - Animosity
38 Staind - Tormented
39 Nonpoint - to the Pain
40 Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra
41 Dope - American Apathy
42 S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
43 Ill Nino - Confessions
44 Evanescence - Fallen
45 Snot - Get Some
46 Mushroomhead - XIII
47 Korn - See You On the Other Side
48 Papa Roach - Lovehatetragedy
49 Ill Nino - Revolution Revolucion
50 System of a Down - Mezmerize

Should be at top 10!

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1. Mudvayne - L.D. 50
2. Korn - Follow the Leader
3. Nonpoint - to the Pain
1. System of a Down - Toxicity
2. Korn - Follow the Leader
3. System of a Down - System of a Down
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2. Deftones - Around the Fur
3. Slipknot - Iowa

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