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
603 258
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
560 315
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
429 245
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
448 197
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
459 259
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
247 210
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
409 239
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
343 192
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
267 184
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

10
291 230
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

11
407 202
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

12
229 79
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

13
276 167
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

14
395 275
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

15
361 189
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

16
242 78
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
351 162
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
305 216
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
211 191
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
297 228
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
171 109
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

22
265 152
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

23
248 201
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
212 169
Seether is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

25
200 114
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal