bands/musicians The Best Alternative Metal Bands  

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List Rules The bands on this list are ones played on alt rock stations

Different from other genres of heavy metal, alternative metal provides exactly what it's title describes: an alternative to traditional or classic metal bands. Fusing elements of classic rock with heavy metal, alt metal rose to prominence in the 1990s when bands with heavy riffs, a reliance on melody and a willingness to experiment with traditional metal song structures became popular. For a while, alternative metal bands were among the most popular bands in the world. The best alternative metal bands remain among the biggest bands bands in the world, and easily some of the best metal bands. Among alternative metal bands, these are the best

So, what is the best alternative metal band. Any alt metal bands list has to include metal bands like System of a Down, White Zombie, Faith No More, Tool and Korn. These alternative metal bands are among the top in the genre and are considered pioneers for helping popularize alt metal, in particular Korn with their Family Values Tour. While some may bleed over into nu-metal, that shouldn't effect their standing as one of the top alt metal bands. This should include all good alternative metal bands.

That said, it's up to you to decide what alternative metal bands should be considered the best. If you notice any alt metal band isn't on this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best alternative metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest alternative metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular alternative metal bands that you might've heard of. (91 items)

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System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

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Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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Korn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

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Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

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+ - 78 40
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

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+ - 78 55
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

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Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

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Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

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Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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Placebo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

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Helmet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

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Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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+ - 83 95
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

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Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

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Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

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+ - 69 50
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

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+ - 96 79
Staind is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

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+ - 59 41
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

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Alter Bridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alter Bridge Progressive metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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+ - 57 74
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia