Alternative metal, nu metal, rap metal - glorious vestiges of a time when people got their new music from TRL and Paris Hilton was still (inexplicably) relevant. Only in the late 90s and early 2000s did metal have such a strong crossover presence. And the result is a whole generation of people who never quite got into metal, but still remember the crossover hits. I am a proud member of this group. I couldn't tell you the first thing about metal, I never went to Warped tour, and I definitely never had an emo, scene, punk, or goth phase. But that definitely doesn't mean I didn't think I was totally hardcore every time I heard some hardcore shit on the radio.
From the meme-inducing nu metal of Evanescence and Papa Roach to the corny rap metal of Limp Bizkit to the hardcore political anthems of Rage Against the Machine and everything in between, the crossover crop was an absolute goldmine. Even Linkin Park went pretty hardcore at times, and I for one appreciated it.
Sure, some of you will say that this stuff isn't even hardcore, let alone anything close to metal. I will respond by saying you're probably 100% correct. But everyone needs a good old fashioned headbang every once in a while. And some of us, who lived through the glory of the early 2000s, know that the only rightful place to get that headbanging fix is in crossover metal. Listen to the playlist above and try not to cry at all of this beautiful nostalgia. Crying while headbanging is dangerous.
P.S. this guy with cornrows eating corn while listening to Korn is a role model: