Bands/Musicians 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. (96 items)
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1
630 274
Tool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal
2
598 323
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
3
470 210
Alice in Chains is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
4
454 258
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
488 271
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore
6
369 197
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
7
250 85
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal
8
276 189
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia
9
435 248
Korn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal
10
431 205
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal
11
262 219
Faith No More is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
12
299 170
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music
13
377 200
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore
14
305 239
Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
MFinnie added Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music
15
418 288
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music
16
322 222
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge
17
366 165
Nine Inch Nails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Dark ambient, Industrial metal, Electronic music
18
265 82
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
19
221 197
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music
20
283 152
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal
21
313 233
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
22
135 59
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
23
184 112
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock
24
266 208
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock
25
208 116
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal