Rage Against the Machine (often shortened to Rage) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. As of 2010, they have sold over 16 million records worldwide. The band was nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility in 2017, then again in 2018, 2019, and 2021, though the bids weren’t successful.
Rage Against the Machine released its self-titled debut album in 1992 to commercial and critical success. In 2003, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Their second & third albums, Evil Empire (1996) and The Battle of Los Angeles (1999), were also hugely successful; both albums topped the Billboard 200 chart. During their initial nine-year run, Rage Against the Machine became one of the most popular and influential bands in music history, and had a big influence on the nu metal genre which gained popularity during the second half of the 1990s.