7.5k voters

The Best Nu Metal Bands

Updated March 16, 2020 85.7k votes 7.5k voters 153.5k views354 items

Update: Follow Ranker's official New Metal 2020 playlist on Spotify!

Nu metal artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good nu metal bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top nu metal bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Nu metal groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all nu metal bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest nu metal bands of all time, since the most famous nu metal artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best nu metal music.

You can click on the nu metal band names to see more information about that particular notable nu metal group. If they're near the top of the best nu metal artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top nu metal bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the nu metal band names themselves.

List artists include Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park and many more. Click the thumbs up button to see your favorite artists rise to the top. What's the best item on this list? Korn? Kelly Osbourne?

All important, significant and iconic names in nu metal music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new nu metal bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of nu metal, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into nu metal music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good nu metal bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent nu metal bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best nu metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest nu 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 nu metal bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

Change the order of the list by having your friends vote.

  • 1

    More Korn 

    The Best Korn Songs of All Time#10 of 179 The Best Bands That Are Named After Foods

  • 2

    More System of a Down 

    The Best Bands Like System of a Down#257 of 263 The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

  • 3

    More Slipknot 

    The Most Metal Stories About The Members Of SlipknotThe Man Behind The Mask: Stories From Corey Taylor's Childhood

  • 4

    More Linkin Park 

    The Best Linkin Park Songs of All Time#52 of 88 Acts You'd Like To See As The Super Bowl Half Time Show

  • 5

    More Deftones 

    #339 of 359 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#73 of 218 The Best Musical Artists From California

  • 6

    More Disturbed 

    #1045 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#743 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time

  • 7

    More Mudvayne 

    #36 of 105 The Best Musical Artists From Illinois#110 of 350 The Best Progressive Metal Bands

  • 8

    More Rob Zombie 

    Proof Rob Zombie And His Wife Sheri Moon Are Relationship Goals#247 of 489 The Best Rock Vocalists

  • 9

    More Static‐X 

    #389 of 414 The Best Alternative Bands/Artists#73 of 224 The Best Industrial Bands

  • 10

    More Godsmack 

    #97 of 111 The Best English Poets of All Time#534 of 534 The Best Drummers Of All Time

  • 11
  • 12

    More Papa Roach 

    The Best Papa Roach Songs#72 of 254 The Best Bands With Animal Names

  • 13

    More Limp Bizkit 

    What The Heck Happened To Limp Bizkit?#1 of 12 12 Awesome Stories About Eddie Van Halen That Sound Made Up - But Aren't

  • 14
  • 15

    More Incubus 

    #270 of 279 The Greatest American Rock Bands#61 of 86 '90s Greats Making the Best Music Today

  • 16

    More Breaking Benjamin 

    The Best Breaking Benjamin Songs#10 of 115 The Best Musical Artists From Pennsylvania

  • 17

    More Sepultura 

    #923 of 1,728 The Best Rock Bands of All Time#18 of 392 The Greatest Heavy Metal Bands Of All Time

  • 18
  • 19

    More Staind 

    #336 of 541 The Greatest Live Bands of All Time#23 of 100 The Best Musical Artists From Massachusetts

  • 20

    More Drowning Pool 

    #77 of 119 The Best Musical Artists From Texas#66 of 91 The Best Post-Grunge Band

  • 21

    More Sevendust 

    #14 of 124 The Best Black Rock Bands#52 of 112 The Best Bands with Numbers in Their Names

  • 22

    More P.O.D. 

    #13 of 55 The Best '90s Christian Rock Bands & Artists#19 of 44 The Best '90s Christian Metal Bands

  • 23

    More Stone Sour 

    The Best Stone Sour Albums of All Time#30 of 83 The Best Music Side Projects

  • 24

    More Three Days Grace 

    #36 of 115 The Best Screamo Bands of All Time#24 of 51 Who Is The Most Famous Rock Band In The World Right Now?

  • 25