Best Nu-Metal Bandsarmthehomeless06
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.
This Band is BestV 332 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
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.V 255 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!
There is no words to describe slipknot. Corey's screaming and joey's relentless drumming in other words... sickV 264 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/
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.V 115 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.
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.V 62 Comments
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 1V 78 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.
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. - RighteousMalevolentV 85 Comments
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.V 33 Comments
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 somethingV 12 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
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.V 10 Comments
Cut my life into pizza
This is my plastic fork
Best nu metal band: Linkin Park, Papa RoachV 34 Comments
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.V 10 Comments
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.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
Saw them live many times. Must say they always prove to be genuine metal contenders and hopefully come back at some pointV 10 Comments
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.V 18 Comments
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 higherV 7 Comments
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 albumV 8 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 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.V 11 Comments
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..V 2 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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
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 bandV 5 Comments
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.
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
The best nu-metal underground
Very underrated. Should be much higher on the list
So I'm just glad they made the top 40
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.V 1 Comment
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
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.
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.V 3 Comments
Dope should be at least in top 20
Super Underrated. This band was so Good...
Not nu metal, not even rock. - RighteousMalevolent
Not the the greatest but I felt they needed a vote
Guys they are rap rock band
Red is a Christian rock/metal band not nu metal..
87? Only 87? I love these guys!
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!
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
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...
"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,
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 betterV 1 Comment
They aren't Nu-Metal to me at all even though they are labeled that. They are Alternative Metal. - Soulstealer
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
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 RULES SHOULD BE IN TOP 20 AT LEAST!
R.I.P LYNN STRAIT AND DOOBS
Snot is a lot better than most bands above.V 2 Comments
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.V 4 Comments
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 wayV 8 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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