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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. (92 items)
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443 242
System of a Down is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
System of a Down Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

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2
442 194
Tool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Tool Post-metal, Metal, Progressive metal

3
334 186
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
339 151
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
344 200
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Slipknot Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

6
189 145
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
321 182
Korn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Korn Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

8
205 107
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Rammstein Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

9
258 146
Deftones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Deftones Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

10
312 146
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Marilyn Manson Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal

11
189 136
A Perfect Circle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
A Perfect Circle Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

12
213 172
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
271 148
Disturbed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Disturbed Nu metal, Rock music, Metalcore

14
138 50
Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Soundgarden Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

15
297 219
Linkin Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Linkin Park Hip hop music, Nu metal, Rock music

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149 48
Pantera is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Pantera Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

17
262 131
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
233 167
Breaking Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Breaking Benjamin Nu metal, Heavy metal, Post-grunge

19
228 176
Three Days Grace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Three Days Grace Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

20
112 69
The Smashing Pumpkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added The Smashing Pumpkins Shoegazing, Gothic rock, Alternative rock

21
209 122
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Rob Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

22
152 145
Godsmack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Godsmack Nu metal, Groove metal, Rock music

23
167 126
Seether is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Seether Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

24
190 158
Evanescence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Evanescence Rock music, Gothic metal, Alternative rock

25
151 91
White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
White Zombie Horror punk, Noise rock, Industrial metal

26
134 117
Mudvayne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Mudvayne Nu metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

27
177 126
Chevelle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Chevelle Nu metal, Progressive metal, Rock music

28
79 38
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

29
69 30
Stone Sour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
jared-jordan added Stone Sour Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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141 139
Papa Roach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Papa Roach Nu metal, Rock music, Emo

31
69 72
Skillet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
kobra234 added Skillet Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

32
91 49
Audioslave is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
EyeinThe-sky added Audioslave Rock music, Grunge, Funk metal

33
112 105
Shinedown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Shinedown Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

34
70 58
Primus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Primus Progressive metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

35
125 89
Staind is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Staind Nu metal, Heavy metal, Modern rock

36
99 64
Type O Negative is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Type O Negative Doom metal, Thrash metal, Gothic metal

37
101 98
Drowning Pool is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Drowning Pool Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

38
86 81
Sevendust is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Sevendust Nu metal, Industrial metal, Heavy metal

39
112 82
Volbeat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Volbeat Horror punk, Nu metal, Psychobilly

40
99 100
P.O.D. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
P.O.D. Nu metal, Thrash metal, Rock music

41
56 109
Finger Eleven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Finger Eleven Nu metal, Dance-punk, Grunge

42
36 49
Dope is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
ryanjjjj8 added Dope Nu metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

43
67 67
Helmet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Helmet Post-metal, Noise rock, Groove metal

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43 90
Placebo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
levalex88 added Placebo Synthpop, Gothic rock, Rock music

45
60 54
Serj Tankian is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
revconradhutchings added Serj Tankian Nu metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

46
103 79
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

47
81 58
Danzig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Danzig Horror punk, Doom metal, Post-metal

48
28 19
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
91 70
Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Puddle of Mudd Nu metal, Rock music, Grunge

50
79 59
Static‐X is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alternative Metal Bands
Static‐X Nu metal, Thrash metal, Industrial metal