Bands Like Linkin Park (similar music you're guaranteed to love!)

21 Bands Like Linkin Park (similar music you’re guaranteed to love!)

Formed in 1996 in Agoura Hills, California, Linkin Park are an American rock/nu metal band. Their debut album “Hybrid Theory” saw the band rise to fame internationally on its release in 2000. The 3 single releases from that album, “One Step Closer”, “Crawling” and “In The End” all charted in high positions on the mainstream charts.

Since the death of frontman and lead vocalist Chester Bennington, Linkin Park have been in limbo. If you are missing the sound of Linkin Park and are looking for other similar sounding bands to fill the gap, keep reading. We have found 21 bands like Linkin Park for your enjoyment.

1. Papa Roach

Papa Roach were formed in 1993 in Vacaville, California, USA. They released 4 EPs independently before signing with Dreamworks Records in 1999. Since then the band has gone from strength to strength.

2. Limp Bizkit

Formed in 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, Limp Bizkit has released 26 singles so far, all of which has charted within the top 20 on the US alternative Airplay Chart. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and been nominated for 3 Grammy awards.

3. Slipknot

Slipknot were formed in Des Moines, Iowa USA in 1995. They rose to fame after the release of their debut, self-titled album in 1999. Their follow up album “Iowa” released in 2001 saw them gain more popularity. They have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and have won a Grammy award for “Best Metal Performance” for their 2006 single, “Before I Forget”.

4. 30 Seconds to Mars

Formed in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA, 30 Seconds to Mars hit the mainstream with the release of their second album,”A Beautiful Lie” in 2005. The band has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and has consistently filled stadiums. They have also picked up a number of awards including a Guinness World Record for most live shows during a single album cycle (more than 300 shows).

5. Skillet

Skillet were formed in 1996 in Memphis Tennessee, USA. Formed as a Christian rock band consisting of husband and wife John and Korey Cooper along with Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison. They have released 11 albums, two of which, “Comatose” and “Collide” have received Grammy nominations.

6. Hoobastank

Formed in Agoura Hills, California, USA in 1994, Hoobastank has released 6 albums and one EP so far and have sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Classified under the alternative rock, nu metal, post-grunge and funk metal genres, Hoobastank were originally known as Hoobustank and their name is sometimes stylised as h∞bastank.

7. Crazy Town

Crazy Town were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1995. They’re best known for their 2000 hit “Butterfly” which reached number one on the Billboard hot 100 chart and helped their first album “The Gift of the Game” sell more than 1.5 million copies.

8. Evanescence

Formed in 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, Evanescence released their first album “Fallen” in 2003. Due to the popularity of the singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal” the album “Fallen” sold more than 17 million copies worldwide and helped the band win 2 Grammy awards.

9. Nickelback

Nickelback were formed in Hanna, Alberta, Canada in 1995. With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide, Nickelback are one of the most commercially successful rock bands to come out of Canada. Originally called “Village Idiot”, they started life as a cover band. The name “Nickelback” came from Mike Kroeger’s previous job at Starbucks, he would say to customers as he gave them their change “here’s your nickel back”.

10. Staind

Formed in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA in 1995, Staind has released 7 studio albums. Just prior to them opening for Limp Bizkit in October 1997, Fred Durst tried to get them removed from the show because he took exception to their album cover. However, after seeing them perform he was so impressed he signed them to his label, Flip Records.

11. System of a Down

System of a Down was formed in Glendale, California, USA in 1994. They have released 5 studio albums with 3 of those albums debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The band won a Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance 2006.

12. Audioslave

Formed in Glendale, California, USA in 2001 Audioslave consists of 3 members of Rage Against The Machine (Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilks) and Chris Cornell formerly of Soundgarden. Critics described their early sound as being much like a combination of Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine, but by the time their second album was released it was obvious they’d found their own identity. They disbanded in 2007.

13. Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine were formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1991. Their songs all express revolutionary political views and to date they have sold more than 16 million albums worldwide. In 2000 they reached a hiatus with 3 band members forming Audioslave with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, they split in 2007 and Rage Against The Machine began touring again.

14. Seether

Originally called Saron Gas, Seether were formed in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa in 1999. They changed their name after moving to the US to avoid confusion with the deadly chemical sarin gas. Their second single, “Broken” reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2004. Since then they have had a number of number one singles and have released 8 studio albums.

15. Muse

Muse were formed in Teignmouth, Devon UK in 1994. They have released 9 studio albums with 6 debuting at number one in the UK charts. In 2002 Muse threatened Celine Dion with legal action because she was planning to call her Las Vegas show “Muse”. The band have worldwide performing rights to the name, she offered them $50,000 for the rights but they refused. Frontman and founding member Matt Bellamy said “We don’t want to turn up there with people thinking we’re Celine Dion’s backing band”.

16. Deftones

Formed in 1988 in Sacramento, California, USA, the Deftones were early nu metal pioneers and have released 9 studio albums. In 2011 in honour of Record Store Day, the band released the album “Covers” which contained a number of cover tracks the band had recorded over the years including; Drive (The Cars), “If Only We Could Sleep” (The Cure), and “No Ordinary Love” (Sade).

17. Drowning Pool

Drowning Pool was formed in Dallas, Texas, USA in 1996 and has released 7 studio albums. They rose to fame after the release of their debut album “Sinner” which was played at the Ozzfest in 2001. The album was certified platinum in just 6 weeks. A number of tracks from the album were featured at various WWE events that year.

18. Lostprophets

Formed in Pontypridd, Wales, UK in 1997, Lostprophets found fame after a track from their second album “Start Something” called “Burn, Burn” which was released as a single, began getting frequently played on MTV, Kerrang!TV and Scuzz. 

19. Pitchshifter

Pitchshifter was formed in Nottingham, England, UK in 1989 and has released 6 studio albums. Their music was featured on the soundtrack of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. They performed at the Phoenix Festival in Long Marston, England in 1995 and their set had to be stopped because the crowd stormed the stage.

20. TRUSTcompany

Formed in Prattville, Alabama, USA in 1997, TRUSTcompany has sold more than a million albums worldwide. They were originally called 41Down, they changed their name to avoid confusion with the Canadian band Sum 41.

21. Breaking Benjamin

Originally called “Plan 9” which was a reference to “Plan 9 from Outer Space” they changed their name because their name kept getting misnamed as “Planet 9”. Breaking Benjamin was formed in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA in 1999. They have released 6 studio albums with “Dark Before Dawn” (2015) debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the US.

Who Would You Have Included?

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