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Metal Hammer opened up the Nu-Metal Bandora’s* Box in naming the 40 Best songs. As in, eva. That’s kinda sassy don’t y’all think? I do and I like it! Not only are Top INSERT NUMBER lists fun, they can ensure some web stats to rise, and generate some👍 likes too! I mean, I know the game and yet, here I sit playing right along!

I honestly don’t care if METAL-HAMMER garners a gazillion more visits to their site or their social stats for that content rises like a politician’s voice when storming a room in a basement of the White House. I’m all for sharing content across multiple platforms because I’ve learned that what comes around goes around and I’m cool with that.

This list is actually pretty good, with a wide range of bands in the genre. Dubbed as Nu-Metal around the 2000’s when heavier music veered off the normal path and started adding spoken, clean, and screaming vocals, combined with select elements from other genres like hip-hop, funk, rap, metal, and others. Bands like P.O.D., TAPROOT, LINKIN PARK, KoRN, DEFTONES, SLIPKNOT, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, & others. Some claim the sub-genre’s roots stem from rap, some insist the beginnings grew out from a more digital sound mixed with rock/metal.

Whatever the case or origins, we know that Nu-Metal has connections that are closely tied to current rock/metal trends as a nominee is to Russia! At the least, even if you don’t agree on the ranking, you have the goods to begin a sweet playlist where you can put them in the order you see fit!

Top 40 Best Nu-Metal Songs

40. Ill Niño – ‘What Comes Around’
39. A – ‘Nothing’
38. Orgy – ‘Blue Monday’
37. One Minute Silence – ‘South Central’
36. System Of A Down – ‘War?’
35. Deftones – ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’
34. Incubus – ‘Drive’
33. Linkin Park – ‘One Step Closer’
32. Union Underground – ‘Turn Me On Mr. Deadman’
31. Static-X – ‘Push It’
30. Spineshank – ‘New Disease’
29. Evanescence – ‘Bring Me to Life’
28. Saliva – ‘Click Click Boom’
27. Soulfly – ‘Bleed’ (feat. Fred Durst)
26. Snot – ‘Snot’
25. N.E.R.D. – ‘Lapdance’
24. Machine Head – ‘From This Day’
23. Incubus – ‘Certain Shade of Green’
22. (hed)p.e. – ‘Bartender’
21. Taproot – ‘Again and Again’
20. Adema – ‘Giving In’
19. Hoobastank – ‘Crawling in the Dark’
18. Crazy Town – ‘Butterfly’
17. Limp Bizkit – ‘Rollin”
16. Korn – ‘Freak on a Leash’
15. Coal Chamber – ‘Loco’
14. Slipknot – ‘Wait and Bleed’
13. Kid Rock – ‘American Badass’
12. Mudvayne – ‘Dig’
11. American Head Charge – ‘Just So You Know’
10. Disturbed – ‘Down With the Sickness’
9. Drowning Pool – ‘Bodies’
8. Alien Ant Farm – ‘Movies’
7. Deftones – ‘Back to School’
6. Linkin Park – ‘Points of Authority’
5. P.O.D. – ‘Alive’
4. Papa Roach – ‘Last Resort’
3. System Of A Down – ‘Chop Suey!’
2. Korn – ‘Blind’
1. Limp Bizkit – ‘Break Stuff’