Top 10 Nu-Metal Classics

Papa Roach are back on our shores. Their huge, arena-busting sound may, to some degree, have transcended their nu-metal origins but there’s no doubting tracks like Last Resort still epitomise that scene perfectly. We appreciate any excuse to dig through the nu-metal classics – here are our ten favourites.

1. P.O.D. – Alive

How bonkers that bands like P.O.D. were performing on Top of the Pops – nu-metal for the prime time BBC audience. Now, that’s what you pay your licence fee for.


2. Disturbed – Down With The Sickness

Still getting audiences all over the world bouncing up and down like furious kangaroos, Down With The Sickness is a rager.


3. One Minute Silence – Rise and Shine

Lesser known than their American counterparts maybe but OMS offered nu-metal fans an equally intense experience. Their mission was as much political as it was musical.


4. Incubus – Privilege

This song would surely have existed whether or not the whole nu-metal thing had even happened. What label could we have put on it then? No pigeonhole was ever going to be big enough for a band as on fire as Incubus were at the time.


5. Deftones – Back To School

Deftones might claim, quite rightly in the most part, not to be a nu-metal band but was it really a coincidence that this classic emerged when the scene was at its peak?


6. Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff

Say what you want about nu-metal, it threw out some real characters. Fred Durst was one of the most cartoonish. What a vocal.


7. Linkin Park – One Step Closer

Nu-metallers might not have been best known for their good manners but in this clip the scene’s prince, Chester Bennington, proves that he was always a true gentleman.


8. Papa Roach – Last Resort

Already a very upset band, Top of the Pops viewers came face to face with Daddy Roach in a particularly distressed mood. Apparently, they’d been forced to share a dressing room with Atomic Kitten.


9. Slipknot – Wait & Bleed

Papa Roach on Top of the Pops is one thing. Slipknot on Chris Evans’ early Friday evening light entertainment show? Don’t be ridiculous…


10. Korn – Blind

Nu-metal pioneers, Korn, started everything. We’ve got a feeling their appearance at Woodstock in 1999 might have gone down just a titchy bit differently at the original 1969 version of the festival.