17 Tracks That Justify Your Secret Love Of Nu Metal

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

1. “Rollin’” by Limp Bizkit

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Well, the video has pretty much everything. Ben Stiller, Stephen Dorff, proper dancing and an epic chorus.

Bonus fact: This song is now 14 years old, which is pretty depressing.

2. “Back to School” by Deftones

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: This list could just be filled with Deftones tracks but this one gets in because the band claim they created it just to show their label how easy it was to make a hit. Such anarchy.

3. “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Stick with me here. The original song is obviously one of the greatest pieces of music ever created. But actually, chuck in a bit of heavy guitar and some awesome 2001 fashion and you’ve got yourself another classic video.

4. “Falling Away From Me” by Korn

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Like Deftones, this list could be filled with Korn tracks. Falling Away From Me’s powerful anti-domestic-abuse video and pulsating rhythm make it one of the nu metal anthems.

5. “Toxicity” by System of a Down

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Mock them all you like, but System of a Down made some serious bangers. This is arguably their finest effort.

6. “Wish You Were Here” by Incubus

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: One reason and one reason only – Brandon Boyd. *swoon*

7. “Duality” by Slipknot

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Fucking loud, fucking angry, fucking awesome. Undoubtedly the greatest video on this list. This is what happens when you leave your Facebook party invitation public…

8. “Last Resort” by Papa Roach

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: From the intense to the slightly more PG. “Last Resort” charged up the charts around the world in 2000 and proved nu metal could also find a mainstream audience.

In slightly surprising news, the band are still going.

9. “mOBSCENE” by Marilyn Manson

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Manson has to make the list, given how prolific he was through the genre. This video has the perfect balance of controversy, explicit material, and just damn good rocking.

10. “Alive” by P.O.D.

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Proof nu metal can be uplifting too, you know. Sort of.

11. “She Hates Me” by Puddle of Mudd

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Simple – teenage angst. We’ve all been there, we all relate, we all thought it was the worst.

12. “Testify” by Rage Against the Machine

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: The inspiration for the whole genre. Rage remain as important today as they ever were. Just turn this up LOUD and go stick it to the man.

13. “Numb” by Linkin Park

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: A massively popular track 11 years ago. The above video has been watched over 173 million times.

The combination of rap and rock seriously offended some but you can’t deny this is a proper punchy track. Think of all those gym/FIFA sessions you had to this gem.

14. “Butterfly” by Crazy Town

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: OK, it’s a pretty bloody awful song, but at least it showed you had a softer side.

15. “If I Could” by Hundred Reasons

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Because there had to be a British entry and Hundred Reasons were always a seriously underrated band. Always celebrate the underdog.

16. “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: A track your mum/younger brother/sister liked as well. A bit of family-friendly angst.

17. “Loco” by Coal Chamber

Reason it proves nu metal is the greatest gift to music ever: Because sometimes you just need to rock out to the crazy.

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