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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. (93 items)
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502 217
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
489 267
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
365 208
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rage Against the Machine Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

4
378 169
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Alice in Chains Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

5
383 225
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
213 168
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
352 206
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
285 162
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

9
227 127
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

10
208 153
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

11
343 167
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

12
238 191
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
301 161
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

14
169 61
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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15
329 239
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
296 142
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nine Inch Nails Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

17
176 61
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

18
259 182
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
171 156
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
251 193
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
133 82
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

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228 130
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

23
209 169
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
181 141
Seether is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

25
168 98
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

26
193 135
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
144 128
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

28
96 48
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Stone Temple Pilots Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

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155 152
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

30
85 38
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

31
79 88
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
83 66
Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
125 116
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
101 58
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

35
97 90
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

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135 100
Staind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

37
108 112
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

38
123 91
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

39
60 122
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

40
106 75
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

41
47 101
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

42
74 75
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

The Best Metal Albums of 2018

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68 62
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

44
91 63
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

45
100 113
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

46
38 60
Dope is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

47
109 90
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

48
33 27
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Jerry Cantrell Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

49
84 67
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Static‐X Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

50
94 83
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Puddle of Mudd Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge