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
618 268
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
585 321
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
449 253
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

4
462 204
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
478 267
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
427 245
Korn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

7
356 194
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

8
259 216
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
247 81
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

10
273 185
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

11
423 202
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

12
300 234
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

13
290 170
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

14
409 282
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

15
370 196
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

16
258 82
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
313 218
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

18
361 164
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

19
219 195
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
278 152
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

21
305 230
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

22
179 111
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

23
261 204
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
206 114
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

25
220 170
Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge