Raise your hand if you’ve ever made fun of nü-metal. It’s okay. In much the same way that the sub-genre tends to be remembered as one big, weird, Jnco-clad phase for American pop culture around the turn of the millennium, retroactive apologies for having ever been down with it in the first place became their own rite of passage for a certain generation.
But, was it all so bad? Sure, it’s easy to think back on Woodstock 1999 and the stories of bands attacking each other with dildos during the Family Values Tour and write off the entirety of nü-metal’s run as a weird abomination in music history. But that oversimplifies a lot of necessary context, including the crucial fact that nü-metal was absolutely massive in its heyday, and that has to be for some kind of reason. Who knows, maybe America had less to worry about in the grand scheme of things, but there’s a reason all the same.
In light of Korn’s new album, The Serenity of Suffering, we cherry-picked 10 songs that are (probably) better than the established mean within nü-metal. They’re not ranked in any way, and while our results may vary from your own, we genuinely tried to reclaim a great many artists’ hard work from the reputation it’s developed. Of course, their worst songs are some of the worst that music has ever seen, but that’s a different article for a different day.
Alright, you know what time it is…