Best Nu-Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Linkin Park 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 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. - 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.

This Band is Best

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2 Korn 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 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. - 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

I listen to almost all of these bands, and Korn first has been around longer than a lot, such as Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Deftones, if anything, Korn is the Father of Nu Metal, you don't hear a song that compares to Korn. No prejudice, just pure fact. Linkin Park is more...metal, heavy metal, maybe one or two albums could be defined as Nu, but as they progressed, they got weak and more mainstream and basic. RIP Chester.

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

There is no words to describe slipknot. Corey's screaming and joey's relentless drumming in other words... sick

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

I am a biased voter, I have not dig deep into korn and slipknot, their sound never seemed interesting. Linking park, yes is solid with vocals, but the lyricism and guitar riffs are not as creative as System of a Down. Also, serj seems like a vocalist with more range than Corey Taylor and Davis. Overall, system is just an insane package

Highly unique music. Them, Deftones, KoRn, LP, are the best. I LOVE Slipknot, but I wouldn't call them nu-metal.

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5 Deftones 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.

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.

Linkin Park, Slipknot and System of a Down are just bad jokes when compared to Deftones, period.

If you think slipknot is a bad band then you should just shove it then be quiet and drive. - Revrad

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.

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6 Disturbed 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 is the best band of the 2000s. Way to low. David Draimans vocals are top tier. Dan Donegan is one of the most underrated guitarists, and Mike Wengren on the drums and John Moyer on the bass are good as any of these other drummers or bassists.

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.

The best band it must be number 1

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7 Limp Bizkit 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.

They get so much hate and really, they aren't even that bad. Sure, Durst sucks as a vocalist but Wes Borland is actually a pretty good guitarist. Also, their first album is really heavy, especially for nu-metal. - RighteousMalevolent

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8 Mudvayne 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.

Chad easily has the best scream of anyone on this list, Ryan is easily the best bassist (aside from maybe Fieldy) and songs like Cradle or Sever are some of the most unique the genre would ever know

Eh. Their first album was definitely an avant-garde masterpiece that will likely never be matched again in terms of quality. But they really fell off the map afterwards. Not to mention the fact that their lead singer went on to form the god-awful Hellyeah. - RighteousMalevolent

Ich kenn die Band nicht mal

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.

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9 P.O.D. 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.

The songs everyone knows them for aren't all that great. But definitely check out their albums "Brown" and "Southtown". Both are underrated gems. - RighteousMalevolent

Already in the list

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

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

Meh, only their first two albums were nu metal and the rest was just crappy post-grunge. And yes, they had an album before "Dysfunction". - RighteousMalevolent

This is better than half the list!

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.

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The Contenders

11 Papa Roach 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.

Cut my life into pizza
This is my plastic fork

1)Linkin Park
2)Papa Roach

1.Linkin Park
2.Papa Roach

Best nu metal band: Linkin Park, Papa Roach

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12 Coal Chamber 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 more.

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". - RighteousMalevolent

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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13 Ill Nino 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.

Definitely one of the better rap-oriented nu metal bands. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

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14 Taproot 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. - 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

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

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15 Mushroomhead 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 more.

Best band EVER

This band should be in the top five. Name me any other band on this list (or any other metal list) that plays avant-garde, multi-genre music as competent as these guys. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

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16 Sevendust Sevendust Sevendust is an American heavy metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. 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. - RighteousMalevolent

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

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17 Drowning Pool 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.

Meeh. "Bodies" is pretty overplayed though. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

Better then Nickelback... I don't know why they are, but they are

Their career died with the amazing vocalist known as Dave Williams. Seriously their first album "sinner" was a killer album

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18 Static X

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 the Static X's last show is Chinese MIDI music Festival 2014 - Bobxyo

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.

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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..

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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. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

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21 Saliva 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. - 05yusuf09

22 Rage Against The Machine 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.

Not a Nu-Metal Band, it's Rap/Funk/Alt Metal. - Soulstealer

Their not nu metal.

Rapping with downtuned guitars =/= nu metal. - RighteousMalevolent

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

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23 Adema 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.

Best but waste

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.

24 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

They are Nu Metal band, they are simply amazing, not as good as Linkin Park but definitely at the top! - Johnalove

Evanescence isn't a nu metal band but they are still great. - 05yusuf09

25 Flaw

The best nu-metal underground

Very underrated. Should be much higher on the list

So I'm just glad they made the top 40

26 Trapt Trapt Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1995, best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".

Awful band. "Headstrong" is an obnoxious song for beer guzzling frat boys. - RighteousMalevolent

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.

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27 Godsmack 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. - RighteousMalevolent

28 Deez Nuts
29 Nothingface

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.

30 Fear Factory Fear Factory Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.

What if I was to tell you, that this is not Nu-Metal?

Meh, they were nu metal for like, two albums but those two also happen to be their most popular albums. However, I recommend their first album which was some pretty solid death metal with industrial undertones. - RighteousMalevolent

This is industrial death metal.

Obsolete came out during that time period. Definitely fit in nu metal, I'd say. They should get bumped up.

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31 Dope Dope

Dope should be at least in top 20

Good band

32 Switched

Super Underrated. This band was so Good...

33 Crazy Town Crazy Town Crazy Town is an American rap rock band, formed in 1995 by Bret Mazur and Seth Binzer. Crazy Town is best known for their 2000 hit single, "Butterfly", which reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and helped their debut album, The Gift of Game sell over 1.5 million units.

Not nu metal, not even rock. - RighteousMalevolent

Not the the greatest but I felt they needed a vote

Guys they are rap rock band

34 Red Red Red is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2002 by brothers guitarist Anthony Armstrong and bassist Randy Armstrong, with lead vocalist Michael Barnes.

Red is a Christian rock/metal band not nu metal..

87? Only 87? I love these guys!

35 Nonpoint Nonpoint Nonpoint is an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The band currently consists of vocalist Elias Soriano, drummer Robb Rivera, rhythm guitarist Rasheed Thomas, bassist Adam Woloszyn, and lead guitarist Bradley Kochmit.

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.

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!

36 Celldweller Celldweller Celldweller is a Detroit, Michigan-based electronic rock project by multi-musician Klayton. Klayton creates a hybrid fusion of digital and organic elements: designed soundscapes that take cues from electronic genres like drum and bass, electro, and dubstep, woven together with aggressive rock/metal more.

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

37 Pulse Ultra

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...

38 Sepultura Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.

"Roots" was their only nu-metal album. But the funny thing is that it's such a good record and one of the best examples of nu metal, but then again, it's their only nu metal record so I don't know whether or not I should agree with them being on the list at all. Lol. - RighteousMalevolent

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,

39 A Perfect Circle A Perfect Circle A Perfect Circle is an American rock supergroup formed in 1999 by guitarist Billy Howerdel and Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan.

THEY ARE AWESOME they have good stuff like Judith and The Outsider probably their best albums are Mer De Noms and The Thirteenth Step Good job guys

They aren't Nu-Metal they are Alternative Metal/Rock. - Soulstealer

Great nu metal band my fave!

A perfect circle isn't nu metal and they deserve better

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40 Chevelle Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.

They aren't Nu-Metal to me at all even though they are labeled that. They are Alternative Metal. - Soulstealer

41 Love and Death

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.

42 Islander Islander Islander is an American nu metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, founded in 2011. The group signed with Victory Records and have released an EP, Pains.

Who? - RighteousMalevolent

43 Stereomud

Underrated and great numetal band. Not a top ten but very worthy of a listen.

44 Dry Kill Logic

Heavier than a swimming pool filled with tar

Just listen to the songs "Rot" "Weight" and "Nightmare". those songs are fantastic and its sad to see such a great band this far doen the list

Amazing band the best LP is the darker side of nonsense, songs like a Weight or Rot are very powerful

45 Downstait
46 Snot

Rip Lynn Strait

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 is a lot better than most bands above.

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47 Faith No More Faith No More Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Not nu metal. More like funk/alternative metal. Still an awesome band nonetheless. - RighteousMalevolent

With Faith No More on 49, this list is joke.

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.

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48 Kittie Kittie Kittie are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario, in 1996. They have released six studio albums, one video album, four extended plays, thirteen singles and thirteen music videos.

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

Um. Excuse me. Linkin Park is not better than kittie. No way

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49 Hurt

Everything just falls apart for me.

50 Hed PE Hed PE Hed PE, also known as Planet Earth and stylized as p.e., is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California.

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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