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The Top Ten
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.
They're the best!V 318 Comments
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!
Be careful not to give them too much credit, or people will believe you. While Korn was a pioneer, they certainly did not create Nu Metal. In fact, Rage Against the Machine had a Nu Metal album out before Korn was formed, and 311 dropped multiple Nu Metal albums before Rage Against the Machine did. I'm not denying Korn's importance, but check yourself before you wreck yourself. - ThatoneMetalhead
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
KoRn > Linkin ParkV 234 Comments
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!
its 1stV 254 Comments
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
A band with much better lyrics than slipknot, more nu-metal than LP, and have more appealing songs than korn, so I would say that they take the cakeV 108 Comments
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.
The main sound of what is recognized as Nu-Metal and the genre's general style began with both Korn and Deftones. If it weren't for those two groups, Nu Metal may not have even been a type of music or at least would not be known as well as it is. Having that said, it's these 2 bands that deserve the most credit in terms of the nu metal genre, however the difference between the two is that Deftones certainly stands out more. Over the years their music increased on how distinctive they are and up until now they continue to be more unique than ever.
Without Deftones, Nu-Metal wouldn't even be what it is. Deftones (along with Korn) were the birth of Nu Metal. The genre became a type of music because of them and other bands but it all started with Deftones. And the greatest thing is; Deftones are one of the very few bands to have evolved from the sound of nu metal into a alternative style and IN A GOOD WAY. When they made changes, it was a cool way to transform, showing that they took their music to a whole new different level.
Linkin Park, Slipknot and System of a Down are just bad jokes when compared to Deftones, period.V 62 Comments
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...
They need to be on the to, the hell is linkin park doing there!V 76 Comments
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.
The BizkitV 84 Comments
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.
Limp bizkit higher than mudvayne. disapointed in this site. put mudvayne
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
As much as I hate to admit it pod people from planet suck are definitely nu metal and are gonna have some payment on death to do because of how corny they are but I admit also that I don't hate all their music. Just a lot of it. Most if I'm being honest but that's my opinion. They just don't really do anything for me. They are just so on the nose with their sound and lyrics that it's corny to me. That doesn't mean to say they don't sound good and have talent. They belong on this list and even though I'm not really a fan I'd put them in the 20-25 area.
Best nu Metal band combine elements of metal rock reggae Latin and hip hop never have a bad song as well as their music gives you positive vibes and hope in a dark cold worldV 10 Comments
the best band ever. Jacob Shaddix has the greatest vocal nowadays. I think the band should play again in Brazil!
This is another example of text book nu metal. I admit, when they came out with their first album I bought it cause I liked it and I still like some of it to this day but then their second album came out and I couldn't believe the garbage I was hearing! Absolute trash. Horribly horrendous. Nothing like their first album. I understand bands trying new things but this didn't sound anything like the same band. It was a nightmare. They sold out so bad! They started banging it out to the cheap seats! Point made? Good. First album nu metal? Sure. Everything after? Not a snowflakes chance in Hell! Taking that into consideration I'd put them somewhere in the #55-60ish.
They were really a great nu metal band... Of course now they have changed their genre to rock... They were and they are awesome
One of the best bands in the worldV 28 Comments
I don't know how a band can sell out any worse than they did. Oh and they don't belong on this list at all. I love their first album. It is a masterpiece. Really, It is. Then album number two came and it was this radio friendly, wonderfully catchy album and I hated it. That's not to say that it's not good. It is. I admit that. Most of the stuff they've done has been great. But when you consider what kind of band they most likely would have been if not for them selling out and making radio songs instead of staying true to the music and making the music they wanted to make and not what all the douche bags who have taken over the rock stations and music television channels want to hear, it really makes you loose all respect for them and their music. Look I understand that you want to be successful in the music industry and make some money too but selling out is not the way. They still would've been big if they would have continued making the music the way they had been. It just woulda ...more
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.
Mike's chunky guitar riffs is like an orgasm to listen to. It's SO GOOD! (dunno if that made sense). But most notably what makes Staind so significant is Aaron's vocals and lyrics. He has such a cool voice which I don't know how to describe which suits the lyrics of the songs based on depression, isolation and many other feelings of his. Staind is definitely is one of my favourites with Korn and Limp Bizkit. The one word to describe them is UNDERRATED.
This is better than half the list!V 9 Comments
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.
Coal Chamber was the first nu-metal band to add in influences taken from black metal, such as their vocals. This is most apparent in their "Dark Days" album (my personal favorite). However, while they do have a plethora of good songs: Rowboat, My Frustration, Fiend, Empty Jar, Big Truck, etc.
They also have a few bad ones: Alienate Me, everything from Chamber Music (except Shock the Monkey). - ThatoneMetalhead
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.
I tried so hard to like these guys and I do on some levels but I just don't like the lead singer. Or better put, the way he sings. I like the music and when the other guy screams etc but the guy singing just ruins it for me. His singing style is just stupid to me. If he sang better I think they'd be up there with or at least near-ish slipknot. (I know, I know, mushroom head was around first. Wah, wah shut up about it.) It doesn't change the fact that slipknot is just all around better in every way. Anyway, these guys definitely have a place on this list. To me it's just farther down it.
I'm sorry to say this, but Mushroomhead is not a nu metal band. Mushroomhead has more characteristics of Industrial Metal than anything. The more you listen to them, the more mind-numbingly obvious it is. - ThatoneMetalheadV 16 Comments
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.
These guys definitely deserve to be here. They are really good. I can't say I like every song they've done but the majority is awesome. Honestly though I think there are a few other bands that deserve these top spots just a little more. I'd put these guys in the 15-20 space.
So underrated. But they have epic songs. Don't believe me, look up, This is War, Finger Painting with the Enemy, My Resurrection, Liar.
Ill Nino is such an underrated band! They should be in the top 10!V 5 Comments
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!
Very underrated band. Check out their first two albums for some of the best Nu Metal
Should be much higher
Only band I've listened to with zero bad albums.V 6 Comments
I like taproot. Good stuff. I guess you can just barley set them on the nu metal shelf. I picked up their first album back when it came out. From beginning to end it is really good. The albums afterwards are ok, though I find I don't like any of them near as much as the first. I'd put them into the #25-30.
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
Taproot is like Korn or Slipknot. If you like those you'll like Taproot too. Great songs like Like Time and Poem can get you off your feet. Very good band
Awesome bandV 10 Comments
Honestly, Avenged Sevenfold is not nu metal. They are officially metalcore, heavy metal, and hard rock. Drowning Pool deserves to be at the TOP Tens. Try listening to Bodies and Sinner. They are great nu metal songs to listen.
Their career died with the amazing vocalist known as Dave Williams. Seriously their first album "sinner" was a killer album
Amazing band for the first two albums then they went down hill :(
Their first album, "Sinner" was amazing. Sadly, they stopped being good when Dave Williams died.V 6 Comments
In my opinion staticX should be like top 5! If they aren't nu metal then no one listed here is. RIP Wayne static. Let me say that that statement (about them being in the top 5) was in no way influenced by Wayne statics passing. They truly are the embodiment of nu metal! I've been listening to all types of metal/rock since I was 11 and I'm 33 as of 7/28/15. A lot of music has passed through these ears. The first beginnings of the nu metal genre was starting at the time I started taking a interest in music and after a few years as the genre became what is roughly today, static x is definitely the embodiment of that genre. It's just sad that today it's a dying, dwindling breed of music.
Static-X is tried and true. My favorite band out there. They give it all on every song.
I think of Static-X more like Ministry than associating them with Nu-Metal acts. They definitely have some elements of Nu-Metal but I don't know that I would lump them in with Nu-Metal.
I think the Static X's last show is Chinese MIDI music Festival 2014 - BobxyoV 11 Comments
These guys are awesome! They should be number one easily
These guys are really good. Many of their songs has been chosen as ppb for WWE main events. Let me name some. ALWAYS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HUNT you DIWN, TIME TO SHINE, KING OF THE STEREO, CLICK CLICK BOOM
Very great band, Click Click Bomm is their the best. It's sad, their lead vocalist Josey Scott was leave the band. - 05yusuf09
Skrape was really good at what they did. I wish they were still around..
Isolated is the best nu metal song ever
Skrape is underrated as heck.
Better than HU!?!?!
are you kidding?! - Amirjdog
From this comment alone, it is clear to me that you have not listened to Skrape very much. Maybe you only heard the first verse of waste and thought it was a bit boring. In that case, enlighten yourself by at least listening to the whole song. Then, move on to their other stuff and get addicted to them. - ThatoneMetalhead
Can't believe now one knows! Easily Numero uno...! Follow Max Illidge's Tracks to a band called Black Market Hero and Now With daggers Drawn... Long story look it up!
That band have to be in top 15, just listen to their last album Fire at Zero Gravity!
Great Band, Amazing lyrics and the vocals get you hooked!
Yes I'm very imspired by them and I like the song self medicate its like a mix of nu metal and punk and hard rock and that is my style in Kellett nu maticV 2 Comments
Obsolete came out during that time period. Definitely fit in nu metal, I'd say. They should get bumped up.
Really! Fear Factory is rated 67. Give me a break. No offense to the other bands.
This is industrial death metal.
Not nu metal.V 1 Comment
Headstrong is not their only good song, there is also Still Frame, Echo, Etc.
Better than a lot of the bands over here
Trapt is great! Headstrong is awesome.V 1 Comment
I honestly think they should be higher on the list. But they aren't as good as they used to be when they changed the singer.
One of the best bands ever formed sad lyrics moving guitars awesome bass and hard hitting DRUMMING
My favorite, until they changed the singer.
Best but waste
Evanescence isn't a nu metal band but they are still great. - 05yusuf09
They are Nu Metal band, they are simply amazing, not as good as Linkin Park but definitely at the top! - Johnalove
Brain welch is to me one of the best stage performers I have ever seen
The inventor of the nu metal guitar sound = HEAD.
Brian Welch is the man.
I Have most of their albums, and in my opinion their only good song is Judith...
All of the other songs are just so bad, it doesn't even sound like a good band.
But, listen to Judith it is a PREETY GOOOD SONG, SERISLY LISTN TO IT, TRURST MEH
Dope should be at least in top 20
These guys are the kings off nu metal they made a song called I stand alone
Godsmack is very good. Way to low on this list.
Needs to be way higher on list
One of the best bands that never got any credit. Max Holt is an amazing vocalist on par with Phil of All that Remains. The depth of his range is unmatched. His rage is a drug that comes through the speakers and leaves you wanting more and more.
Amazing band all there albums were very good matt's voice is amazing I can't put it in words that are in my head!
I have 3 of their 4 cd's. I love this band. I wish they would have made more. I never seem to get tired of them.
Should be higher, only problem is that a lot of peeps probably don't know that they count as nu metal - Revrad
The only good nu metal band
They are number 4 to me
Number OneV 3 Comments
Super Underrated. This band was so Good...
Not the the greatest but I felt they needed a vote
Guys they are rap rock band
Unbelievably creative band, Daisuke(SInger)can scream and rap, Ryo(Guitarist)can rap and sing in a melodic voice, Nawo(Drummer)she can play drums really fast and also sing, Uehara(Bassist)HE IS AMAZING, one of the best bassists of all time, and also does backing vocals, shouts.
One of the most creative bands, as it seems to me! Every album is a gift to their fans!
They're great, I found them through deathnote
It's great, but I suppose the fact that it's a Japanese band is what brings it down huh?...
I still love 'em anyway haha
Red is a Christian rock/metal band not nu metal..
87? Only 87? I love these guys!
I see most people voting here do not understand what genre music acts fall under, and worse many people are just a bunch of posers voting for bands like Linkin Park. Nonpoint, though not a pioneer has consistently put out the best music for the longest time.
Korn hasn't put out a good song in a decade.
Deftones have jumped back and forth from making great music to making mediocre and back again.
Coal Chamber and Static x the best nu metal had to offer for the intense moshing sound.
Then there are many bands that came and went such as Darwins Waiting Room and Downthesun.
Nonpoint may not be the best but they are on the that list frontlines is an epic song!
10 albums, and 20 years of solid music! Every album has at least a few songs you'll get into, no matter what you like in the Numetal genre.
The best artist ever! Anyways he does Electronic Rock which is a combination of EDM music and Rock/Metal music and this guy does have influences from Nu Metal.-LitSavage
The best nu-metal underground
So I'm just glad they made the top 40
Very underrated. Should be much higher on the list
Maybe too complex for your average Nu-metal fan, but damn they were awesome; especially life. Check out Slip in Sin first, then the rest of the album, then on repeat for a month, tattoo the band-name on your face, regret that last part, forget by listening to the album again + drinking, wake up in a haze, have bacon & eggs, feed your pets and then listen to the album while maintaining an -face through-out, then visit friends and tickle their balls every time you mention the band-name.
Nobody can Reach to Pulse Ultra ; they was different ((REALLY DIFFERENT)).. anyway rip that awesome metal band..
Their songs still make me crying, I feel their musics not only hearing them...
Should be top 5 or something
So far from nu-metal it’s not funny, though I left the band with max but it can’t have sunk that low surely,
Hell yeah still jam the orgy.
Amazing vocals, catchy hooks, and awesome use of syth and metal guitar. Stitches, Blue Monday, Fiction (dreams in digital) all amazing songs
Definitely helped make Nu Metal what it was. Bump'em up!
Kittie should be at number one. Its sad that no one is helping them with tour money because they are amazing. They have cool songs like Run Like Hell and Suck and really are nu metal goddesses. Slipknot really helped them launch a tour. They have tons of albums and hopefully out out more because no band compares to the unique style of this band. Female or not they are just amazingly talented!
The first album Spit is great. You will love the catchy songs and hardcore lyrics that embodied that era of the 90s. Coal chamber and kittie are what nu metal is all about
Great metal band. Should of never stopped touring. Great vocals
Kick assV 8 Comments
Underrated and great numetal band. Not a top ten but very worthy of a listen.
Lynn Strait the previous lead singer of Snot is probably one of the best nu-metal/hardcore singers of all time if not the best. The power in his voice is at Corey Taylors level and their songs also have clean messages with a lot of power and rage. An example is Deadfall which is one of their most popular songs that shows us how talented these boys are and how much more attention they deserve/deserved. The drummer in Snot is also probably the best nu-metal drummer of all time right after David Silveria.
SNOT RULES SHOULD BE IN TOP 20 AT LEAST!
R.I.P LYNN STRAIT AND DOOBS
Snot is a lot better than most bands above.
Rip Lynn StraitV 2 Comments
While they are classified as alternative metal, I find them to still have a lot of the aspects that can be found in nu metal - kempokid
How is this band not in this list?! They started Nu-Metal! Without them, Nu-Metal wouldn't be here.
Really again! They are the originators of Nu-metal.
Faith no more is not nu-metal they are in there own category.V 2 Comments
Everything just falls apart for me.
Really good mix of sounds like so many other unknown bands like snot, motograter, 36 crazyfists, cold, no-one and dry cell
Really defines nu-metal which is mixing several genres with metal
I like them there good
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