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. (94 items)

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535 229
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
509 281
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
403 177
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
381 223
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

5
407 237
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
222 188
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Faith No More Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
370 218
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
302 172
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
229 164
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

10
245 136
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

11
365 175
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

12
254 204
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

13
320 168
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

14
186 68
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

15
344 252
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

16
199 65
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
316 146
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
271 191
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
184 166
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
263 205
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
243 136
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

22
141 93
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

23
218 181
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
182 101
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

25
188 151
Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

26
153 137
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

27
199 144
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

28
96 43
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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105 55
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

30
161 161
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

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87 99
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

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97 73
Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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136 124
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
110 65
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

35
103 97
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

36
147 106
Staind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

37
115 119
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

38
63 132
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

39
113 81
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

40
129 99
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

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49 110
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

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80 82
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

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97 70
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

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72 70
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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103 120
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

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41 69
Dope is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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39 34
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

48
112 98
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

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90 72
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Static‐X Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

50
83 110
Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Halestorm Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge