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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. {#nodes}
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439 183
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

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2
431 237
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
328 183
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

4
330 147
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
331 194
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
186 140
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

7
313 176
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
254 143
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
197 101
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

10
188 131
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

11
300 143
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

12
205 169
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

13
263 145
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

14
133 48
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

15
290 215
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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16
144 46
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
258 128
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
227 162
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
224 171
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
110 64
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

21
202 119
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

22
148 141
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

23
159 124
Seether is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

24
184 154
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

25
147 88
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

26
175 123
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
130 114
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

28
72 36
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

29
63 27
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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30
132 137
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

31
64 69
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
85 76
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

33
66 55
Primus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

34
98 93
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

35
104 102
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

36
96 95
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

37
58 49
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

38
35 46
Dope is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

39
87 45
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

40
65 64
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

41
42 86
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

42
27 16
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

43
52 106
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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44
122 84
Staind is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

45
96 61
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

46
110 78
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

47
100 75
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

48
66 83
Living Colour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Living Colour Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

49
78 56
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

50
69 90
Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Halestorm Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge