Metal 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. (95 items)
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1
555 239
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
525 291
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
417 180
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
397 231
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

5
422 243
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
233 195
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
380 225
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
313 180
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
242 172
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

10
264 214
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

11
252 150
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

12
371 188
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

13
333 175
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

14
199 73
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

15
356 261
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

16
213 71
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
326 154
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
283 199
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
191 176
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
272 214
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
246 145
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

22
149 98
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

23
225 190
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
188 108
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

25
195 162
Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

26
207 151
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
155 147
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

28
167 171
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

29
112 62
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

30
103 52
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
94 109
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
105 81
Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
145 131
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
118 72
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

35
109 105
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

36
151 115
Staind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

37
54 115
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

38
118 127
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

39
66 141
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

40
118 86
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

41
85 88
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

42
133 107
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

43
100 75
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

44
105 129
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

45
74 79
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
117 104
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

47
41 78
Dope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

48
90 115
Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

49
94 80
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

50
40 41
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock