Best Nu-Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Alternative ...read more.

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.

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.

Slipknot can never beat Linkin Park. And when it comes to their new album 'A Thousand Suns' that's just a concept album.

2 Korn Korn is an American Nu-Metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David ...read more.

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.

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

Falling away from me and freak on a leash, the only nu metal band that comes close and is actually equal to Korn is Linkin Park

3 Slipknot Slipknot is an American Alternative/ Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror ...read more.

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!

What made Slipknot stand out from most Nu Metal artists is that they take more influence from Extreme Metal sub-genres (Namely Thrash and Death), which made the band stand out more and develop its own identity and fame, which heavily worked in its favor (Most Nu Metal bands were more influenced by 90s Grunge acts).

And while Slipknot were primarily Nu Metal from their self-title debut to "Iowa", they took a more Traditional Heavy Metal/softer route with "The Subliminal Verses" and went straight Heavy Metal with "All Hope is Gone".

While aggressive, Slipknot has a few songs that are stylistically Alternative Rock (Namely "Snuff" and "Vermillion Pt. 2") as well, thus their musical direction is quite varied.

Personally, only the first two albums are primarily Nu Metal. While Nu Metal elements can be found in later works except "All Hope is Gone", Slipknot it for the most part, a Heavy Metal band with influences from Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Thrash Metal and Death ...more

4 System of a Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Alternative Metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

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/

What exactly is so Nu-Metal about them? They sound more like a very unique Alt Metal band than a Nu-Metal band.

It's highly debatable whether they're indeed strictly Nu-Metal. Considering there's not a single rapped line in any of their songs as well as the fact that they themselves denied this label. I think the media gave them this label because they peaked exactly during the Nu-Metal scene.
Personally, I think they're just Alternative Metal with Armenian Folk influences.
Excellent band, nonetheless.

5 Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega. They have released a total of 8 studio albums. Some of their most popular songs are Change (in ...read more.

I have honestly never really thought of them as a Nu-Metal band. White Pony and the albums after that aren't even close to Nu-Metal.

Easily. Around the Fur and White Pony alone wipe the floor with anything else the other nu-metal bands have put out.

I love engine no.9, fireal, My Own Summer (Shove It), and Changes (In The House Of Flies) EPIC

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.

6 Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

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...

Disturbed is no doubt, better then all of these bands. People with real taste in music will agree with me. I might agree with Linkin Park being on top, if it weren't for there new album, which totally ruined my respect for Linkin Park, what ever happened to that awesome ROCK sound, now they're all techno... What. Disturbed has so many great songs, you can't even choose which you like the best for example, Warrior or Indestructible? Stricken or Inside the Fire? In my opinion, Down with the Sickness is towards the bottom of their greatest songs.

7 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland.

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.

Actually underrated. People hate them because of Durst. Guys, look further than that like what about Wes Borland?!

8 Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.

Ha Ha Ha, Mudvayne should be in the top 3 easily. Linkin Park doesn't deserve to be on the list

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.

9 P.O.D. Payable on Death, also known as P.O.D., is a Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California.

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.

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)

10 Staind Staind was a Alternative Metal band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. ...read more.

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

I don't really get why people call them Nu-metal, they're really just an Alternative Metal and Post-Grunge Band.

Which first album? I've been following you guys since they were on a show called The Box on regular T.V.. They have the first album, dysfunction, which is pretty radio-friendly, the next two Were Real Radio friendly. But, the first was called Tormented, that had a lot to do with his (aaron's) previous relationship...so, you other boys out there, with exes can guess how raw and dark these lyrics were! Especially a song on there called 4 walls. Kind of cool, though, that he and his daughter went on to make some music together, even if it is country music. Interesting factoid: his daughter Zooey, was named after EX Alice in Chains frontman, Layne Staley's daughter.
Aaahhh...Alice In Chains... top five any kind of music bands. thanks for reading... I'm sure I'll have something to say about Slipknot. Top 3 for me...lol
oh, also, I hate the term nu-metal. Probably somebody very young made that up. Just stick to like 10 basic genres not 53! Things like this I would make life way too ...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.

The Contenders

11 Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

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.

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

12 Coal Chamber Coal Chamber was formed in Los Angeles, CA, in 1993. The current members of Coal Chamber are Dez Fafara (Vocals), Nadja Peulen (Bass), Meegs Rascón (Guitar), and Mike Cox (Drums). Former members of the band include Rayna Foss, Chela Rhea Harper, and John Thor. Coal Chamber is typically known being ...read more.

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

Glad to see them this high up on the list. Easily one of the crazier (in a good way) bands of the era. And it's not just "Loco", check out their other songs like "Big Truck" and "Oddity".

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.

13 Taproot Taproot is a four-piece nu metal band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are most known for their hit single "Poem", as well as a number of other singles from 2000 to the present.

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.

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

Saw them live many times. Must say they always prove to be genuine metal contenders and hopefully come back at some point

14 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American nu metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as ...read more.

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.

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.

15 Static X Static-X formed in Los Angeles in 1994. The band had many lineup changes, but the main vocalist and guitarist throughout has been frontman Wayne Static. Other well-known members of Static-X include Tony Campos (bassist), Ken Jay (drummer), and Koichi Fukuda (guitarist). The final lineup of Static-X ...read more.

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.

One of first nu-metal bands

16 Sevendust Sevendust is an American alternative metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. ...read more.

Should be higher to be honest, like around 7 or 8. "Home" and "Seasons" are some of the primest examples of nu-metal at its best when it comes to mixing catchy hooks, melodies and aggression altogether.

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

17 Ill Nino Ill Niño is an American heavy metal band formed in New Jersey in 1998. The group currently consists of lead vocalist Cristian Machado, drummer Dave Chavarri, bassist Lazaro "Laz" Pina, lead guitarist Ahrue Luster, guitarist Diego Verduzco, and percussionist Oscar Santiago.

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.

Extremely unknown and they are so good, together with slipknot, System of a Down and the foot fighters my favorite band

18 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Alternative Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning Pool.

let the bodies hit the floor let the bodies hit the floor let the bodies hit the floor let the bodies hit the FLOOR.

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 :(

19 40 Below Summer

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!

I still love -40 summer I just listened to them today..

20 Skrape

I'm extremely surprised to see them this high, not that I don't like them, I totally do. But I had no idea they were this popular. Also the cover art for their only album is disgusting and unnecessary.

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.

21 Rage Against The Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Should be higher, only problem is that a lot of peeps probably don't know that they count as nu metal

I don't understand why this is 36? Everyone knows who RATM are.

The only good nu metal band

They are number 4 to me

22 Godsmack Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.

Godsmack is very good. Way to low on this list.

These guys are the kings off nu metal they made a song called I stand alone

Needs to be way higher on list

Garbage, Alice in Chains ripoff.

23 Saliva Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, through Rockingchair Records, a record label owned and operated by Mark Yoshida, who recorded and produced the release at his studio, Rockingchair Studios.

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.

24 Adema Adema is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California. The band formed in 2000 with members lead vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo, and drummer Kris Kohls.

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

25 Flaw

Very underrated. Should be much higher on the list

So I'm just glad they made the top 40

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