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
565 242
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

2
534 297
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

3
423 183
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

4
400 235
Rage Against the Machine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Crossover thrash, Nu metal, Political hip hop

5
425 248
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
235 198
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

7
382 230
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
249 174
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

9
316 183
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
265 219
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

11
256 154
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

12
376 191
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

13
205 74
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

14
338 178
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

15
362 263
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

16
216 74
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
329 156
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music

18
287 203
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
196 178
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

20
274 218
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

21
154 102
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

22
248 147
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

23
231 192
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

24
190 110
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

25
197 163
Seether is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

26
211 153
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

27
157 148
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

28
170 173
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

29
114 63
Stone Temple Pilots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ElijahKaganer added Rock music, Grunge, Neo-psychedelia

30
104 54
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
97 110
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
108 81
Primus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

33
147 132
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
120 72
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

35
110 106
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

36
153 116
Staind is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

37
55 115
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

38
119 127
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

39
66 142
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

40
119 86
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

41
86 88
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

42
136 107
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

43
103 75
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

44
106 130
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

45
75 80
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
119 105
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

47
93 115
Halestorm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

48
42 79
Dope is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

49
94 81
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal

50
40 42
Jerry Cantrell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Grunge, Heavy metal, Alternative rock