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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. (96 items)
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Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
2
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
3
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
4
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
5
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore
6
Korn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal
7
Rage Against the Machine... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop
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Pantera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
9
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
10
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal
11
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music
12
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore
13
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music
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Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alternative rock, Hip hop, Alternative metal
15
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
16
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
17
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
18
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal
19
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music
20
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
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The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal
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Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
24
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music
25
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia