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
575 247
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
539 304
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
410 236
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
429 190
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
435 252
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
240 202
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
388 233
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
254 177
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

9
322 186
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
272 222
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

11
261 156
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

12
381 195
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

13
211 76
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

14
345 180
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

15
372 266
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

16
224 74
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
333 156
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
291 206
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
200 181
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
280 221
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
158 104
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

22
251 147
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

23
235 194
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
194 110
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

25
200 164
Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

26
214 156
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
160 149
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

28
174 174
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

29
116 65
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

30
106 55
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
100 113
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
110 81
Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
147 134
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
122 74
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

35
112 107
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

36
156 117
Staind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

37
56 116
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

38
122 128
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

39
121 86
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

40
88 88
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

41
66 143
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

42
137 108
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

43
105 76
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

44
109 131
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

45
124 105
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

46
76 81
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

47
43 80
Dope is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

48
93 116
Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

49
97 82
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

50
41 42
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock