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Best alternative metal bands (all time)

A ranking of alternative metal music bands (also known as alt-metal bands or hard alternative bands).

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Stone Temple Pilots
1

Stone Temple Pilots

(1985)
Stone Temple Pilots (often abbreviated as STP) is an American rock band from San Diego, California, that consists of brothers Robert DeLeo (bass, backing vocals) and Dean DeLeo (guitar), Eric Kretz (drums, percussion), and formerl...
9
9
from 2 votes
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Soundgarden
1

Soundgarden

(1984)
Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 19...
9
9
from 2 votes
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Rage Against the Machine
3

Rage Against the Machine

(1991)
Rage Against the Machine was an American rap metal band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consisted of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello...
8.8
8.8
from 5 votes
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System of a Down
4

System of a Down

(1994)
System of a Down, often shortened to SOAD or System, is a four-piece Armenian-American rock band formed in 1994 in Glendale, California. The band currently consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards), Daron Malakian (vocals,...
8.5
8.5
from 8 votes
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Faith No More
5

Faith No More

(1981)
Faith No More is an American metal band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1981. The band was originally named Faith No Man. Bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Roddy Bottum and drummer Mike Bordin are the longest remaining me...
8.5
8.5
from 2 votes
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Slipknot
6

Slipknot

(1995)
Slipknot is an American heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Formed in September 1995, the group was founded by percussionist Shawn Crahan and bassist Paul Gray. After several line-up changes in their early years, the band sett...
8.4
8.4
from 5 votes
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Alice in Chains
7

Alice in Chains

(1987)
Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney and bass...
8.3
8.3
from 3 votes
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Hollywood Undead
8

Hollywood Undead

(2005)
Hollywood Undead is an American rap rock band from Los Angeles, California. They released their debut album, Swan Songs, on September 2, 2008, and their live CD/DVD Desperate Measures, on November 10, 2009. Their second studio alb...
8
8
from 3 votes
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Tool
9

Tool

(1990)
Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1990, the group's line-up includes drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Since 1995, Justin Chancellor has been the band...
8
8
from 2 votes
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Primus
10

Primus

(1984)
Primus is an American experimental rock band based in San Francisco, California, currently composed of bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander. Primus originally formed in 1984...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Mastodon
10

Mastodon

(2000)
Mastodon is an American heavy metal band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in early 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor.
8
8
from 1 vote
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Marilyn Manson
10

Marilyn Manson

(1989)
Marilyn Manson are an American rock band from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Formed in 1989 by frontman Marilyn Manson and Daisy Berkowitz, the group was originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids in the early 1990s. The band's...
8
8
from 1 vote
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Trapt
13

Trapt

(1995)
Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1995, best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong". The group consists of lead vocalist Chris Taylor Brown, bassist Peter "Pete" Charell, drummer Dylan Thomas...
7.5
7.5
from 2 votes
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Korn
14

Korn

(1993)
Korn (stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993.
7.2
7.2
from 5 votes
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Linkin Park
15

Linkin Park

(1996)
Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000), which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinu...
7
7
from 7 votes
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Stone Sour
16

Stone Sour

(1992)
Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1992, performing for five years, before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2006, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor (lead vocals), Josh Rand (...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Fear Factory
16

Fear Factory

(1989)
Fear Factory is an American extreme industrial metal band that was formed in 1989.
7
7
from 1 vote
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Sum 41
16

Sum 41

(1996)
Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario, Canada. The band was formed in 1996 and, as of 2015, consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley, co-lead guitarists Dave Baksh and Tom Thacker, bassist Cone McC...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Deftones
16

Deftones

(1988)
Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, founded in 1988. The band consists of Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Incubus
16

Incubus

(1991)
Incubus is an American rock band from Calabasas, California. The band was formed in 1991 by vocalist Brandon Boyd, lead guitarist Mike Einziger, and drummer Jose Pasillas while enrolled in Calabasas High School and later expanded...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Audioslave
16

Audioslave

(2001)
Audioslave was an American rock supergroup formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2001 and disbanded in 2007. The four-piece band consisted of then-former Soundgarden lead singer/rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, and then-former Rage...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Voivod
16

Voivod

(1982)
Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec.
7
7
from 1 vote
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P.O.D.
16

P.O.D.

(1992)
Payable on Death (abbreviated as P.O.D.) is an American Christian alternative metal band formed in 1992. The band's line-up consists of vocalist Sonny Sandoval, drummer Wuv Bernardo, guitarist Marcos Curiel, and bassist Traa Danie...
7
7
from 1 vote
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Evanescence
24

Evanescence

(1995)
Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.
6
6
from 2 votes
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White Zombie
25

White Zombie

(1985)
White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. The group officially disbanded in 1998.
6
6
from 1 vote
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Kittie
25

Kittie

(1996)
Kittie (stylized as KiTTiE) are a Canadian heavy metal band formed in London, Ontario in 1996.
6
6
from 1 vote
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Taproot
25

Taproot

(1997)
Taproot is a rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
6
6
from 1 vote
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3 Doors Down
25

3 Doors Down

(1996)
3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold (vocals/drums), Todd Harrell (bass guitar) and Matt Roberts (guitar).They were soon joined by guit...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Staind
25

Staind

(1995)
Staind is an American rock band, formed in 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. For years, the band consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wyso...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Hoobastank
25

Hoobastank

(1994)
Hoobastank (often stylized as h∞bastank) is an American rock band. They formed in 1994 in Agoura Hills, California with lead singer Doug Robb, guitarist Dan Estrin, drummer Chris Hesse, and original bassist Markku Lappalainen...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Pop Evil
25

Pop Evil

(2001)
Pop Evil is an American rock band that was formed in North Muskegon, Michigan in 2001 by Leigh Kakaty.
6
6
from 1 vote
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Sevendust
25

Sevendust

(1994)
Sevendust is an American alternative metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1994 by bassist Vince Hornsby, drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist John Connolly. After their first demo, lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon and guitarist...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Alter Bridge
25

Alter Bridge

(2004)
Alter Bridge is an American rock band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Sc...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Godsmack
25

Godsmack

(1995)
Godsmack is an American alternative metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Orgy
25

Orgy

(1994)
Orgy is an American electropunk band formed in 1994, from Los Angeles, California. Orgy described their music as "death pop".
6
6
from 1 vote
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311
25

311

(1988)
311 (pronounced "three-eleven") is an American rock band from Omaha, Nebraska. The band was formed in 1988 by vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum, lead guitarist Jim Watson (who would later be replaced by Tim Mahoney), bassist Aaron...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Puddle of Mudd
25

Puddle of Mudd

(1991)
Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band, originally from Kansas City, Missouri.
6
6
from 1 vote
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Powerman 5000
25

Powerman 5000

(1991)
Powerman 5000 (sometimes abbreviated to PM50K) is an American rock band formed in 1991. The group has released seven albums over the course of their career and gained their highest commercial success with 1999's Tonight the Stars...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Alien Ant Farm
25

Alien Ant Farm

(1995)
Alien Ant Farm is an American rock band that formed in Riverside, California, United States, in 1995. Their name comes from an idea original guitarist Terry Corso had about aliens and the Earth: "it was just my daydream about our...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Pitchshifter
25

Pitchshifter

(1989)
Pitchshifter are a British industrial metal band from Nottingham, United Kingdom formed in 1989. The band was started by bassist and vocalist Mark Clayden, lead guitarist and programmer Johnny A. Carter and rhythm guitarist Stuart...
6
6
from 1 vote
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Saliva
25

Saliva

(1996)
Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in September 1996. Saliva released their self-titled debut album on August 26, 1997, under Rocking Chair Records.
6
6
from 1 vote
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Seether
25

Seether

(1999)
Seether are a South African hard rock band founded in May 1999 in Pretoria, South Africa. The band was originally formed under the name Saron Gas until renaming it to Seether in 2002...
6
6
from 1 vote
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