Best Nu-Metal Bands
The Top Ten Best Nu-Metal Bands
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
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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.
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
The best Nu Metal band. My top 5 favorite songs are
5. Somebody Someone
3. Got The Life
2. Coming Undone
1. Freak On A Leash - JC85
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!
My 2nd favorite Nu Metal band, it tough decision with Korn tho, here my top 5 favorite songs
4. My Plague
3. Wait & Bleed
2. Before I Forget
1. Psychosocial - JC85
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/
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. - Joeljohns249
Don't understand atand how they Nu Metal completely. Nu Metal is Rap Metal, never thought it was but I like em so much, I'll give em a vote on this list. - JC85
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 - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX
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.
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.
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..
Actually underrated. People hate them because of Durst. Guys, look further than that like what about Wes Borland?! - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX
Limp Bizkit should be number one. My Way, My Generation, Boiler,... just great.
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.
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
MUDVAYNE IS AMAZING! Seriously if you haven't listened to them, you're missing out
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
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
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.
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
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
I don't really get why people call them Nu-metal, they're really just an Alternative Metal and Post-Grunge Band. - Soulstealer
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 :(
Awesome songs like Tear Away, Killing Me etc. put them on the 6th place.
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..
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.
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
I don't understand why this is 36? Everyone knows who RATM are.
They are number 4 to me
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
A more mature band than "linkin park" and more nu metal than "deftones" - musicfanguy
Guys they are rap rock band
Not the the greatest but I felt they needed a vote
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
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
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.
Ninja has ligma and joe?!?!?!
Very underrated. Should be much higher on the list
So I'm just glad they made the top 40
The best nu-metal underground
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.
I LOVE Murder Is Masturbation! - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX
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.
Really! Fear Factory is rated 67. Give me a break. No offense to the other bands.
Super Underrated. This band was so Good...
They aren't really a Nu-Metal Band - Soulstealer
My favorite band. Animal I Have Become is amazing
Why I the hell are they 68, should be at least top 5
I hate everything about this list that keeps three days grace as not number 1...
every song of three days grace rocks not a percentage of it.
Red is a Christian rock/metal band not nu metal..
87? Only 87? I love these guys!
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
I miss the old Evanescence more than ever right now.
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.
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.
Nonpoint may not be the best but they are on the that list frontlines is an epic song!
Dope should be at least in top 20
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...
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
A perfect circle isn't nu metal and they deserve better
I really like Judith and Outsider. Really good band also - XxSEVEREDHUMANITYxX
They aren't Nu-Metal to me at all even though they are labeled that. They are Alternative Metal. - Soulstealer
Really like this band's style. Not putting down other bands but this band's lyrics just speak to me on a personal level and I like that they have songs for all occasions
They're lyrics are inspiring and have a true meaning alongside their rhythm and beat
Honestly this band should be higher up on the list. They have quite a bit of diversity in their music. From rap-rock to party bumping as well. Charlie does most of the party music while j3t does the inspirational or deep feeling parts. Granted they have change their style on their last album. They still have great music such as: we are,hear me now, undead, and a whole lot more. Swan songs it their best album to date in my opinion.
What a band danny has great vocals and charlie scene funny man j dog and johnny 3 tears are insabne rapers best rapcore band and 10th best nu metal band they are cool as.
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.
Who? - RighteousMalevolent
Underrated and great numetal band. Not a top ten but very worthy of a listen.
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
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 Strait
Not nu metal. More like funk/alternative metal. Still an awesome band nonetheless. - RighteousMalevolent
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.
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