Linkin Park is easily one of the most recognizable and celebrated bands of all time. With Chester Bennington's powerful vocals, Mike Shinoda's insightful lyrics and the band's unique mixture of alternative rock, rap and nu-metal sounds, Linkin Park has created some numbers which will remain with their fans for ages. The untimely death of Chester Bennington beckons all of us to reflect back at some of their best works. Please rank, share and subscribe! RIP Chester.
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"In the End" is the eighth track on Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory (2000) and was released as the album's fourth single October 9, 2001. "In the End" is one of band's most recognizable and signature songs. It is the most played song in all of the band's live performances, with "One Step Closer" coming in close second.
"Numb" was released as the third single from Linkin Park's second studio album, Meteora (2003), and is the thirteenth and final track on the album. One of Linkin Park's most well-known and critically acclaimed songs, "Numb" topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 12 weeks. The music video follows the social problems faced by an unpopular outcast young female student who spends much of her time drawing pictures and has dreams of becoming an artist. Filled with angst and depictions of self-inflicted injuries, "Numb" portrays the social anxieties that many young people face today.
"Breaking the Habit" is the ninth track from Linkin Park's second studio album Meteora and was released as the fifth and final single from the album. It became the fifth consecutive single from Meteora to reach #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, a feat unmatched by any other artist in the history of that chart. "Breaking the Habit" features a strong electronica-influenced opening, live strings and guitar. A very common misconception is that it was written by Chester Bennington due to his struggles with substance abuse, band member Mike Shinoda began writing the song before he met Bennington based on another close friend's drug addiction.
"What I've Done" was released as the first single from Linkin Park's third studio album Minutes to Midnight (2007). The song was released as a radio single on April 1, 2007. The live version of "What I've Done" from Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards, but did not win. It also serves as the main theme of the 2007 science fiction film Transformers and also appears on Transformers: The Album (2007).
"Somewhere I Belong" was released as the first single from Linkin Park's second studio album Meteora and entered the top ten on the majority of music charts. The video was directed by the band's turntablist, Joseph Hahn and presents the band playing the song in front of a fire, with occasional shots of Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda in front of a waterfall with what appears to be monks around them. "Somewhere I Belong" was awarded as Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and the music video has been praised for its "minimal touches" that make this one of the band's best song.
"Faint" was released by Linkin Park as the Meteora's second single in 2003 and quickly entered the top thirty on the majority of the charts, including the Hot 100. The song reached #1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks, becoming the band's third number-one hit on the chart. The song was featured on the Linkin Park's mashup EP with Jay-Z, "Collision Course", where it was mashed up with lyrics of the song "Jigga What". One interesting fact that not many fans know is that the song was actually released as two separate singles, "Faint 1" and "Faint 2" and they differed in cover color ("Faint 1" is blue, and "Faint 2" is a brownish-green).
"Crawling" is the second single from Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory and is the fifth track on the album. It was released in 2001 as their second single and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002. "Crawling" is one of the few songs on Hybrid Theory that does not prominently feature Mike Shinoda's rap sung lyrics. The intro to "Crawling" has been remixed in live versions over the years. Since 2008's Projekt Revolution, Mike Shinoda has rapped the first verse of "Hands Held High" over the intro to Reanimation version of "Crawling", titled "Krwlng" (featuring Staind frontman Aaron Lewis).
"One Step Closer" is the debut single for Linkin Park and was released as the very first single and as the second track of their debut album, Hybrid Theory. The song was featured in several video games such as Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades. Allegedly beginning as a demo version, known as "Plaster", which found its way to the internet in 2008, "One Step Closer" also has a remixed version titled "1Stp Klosr", which was featured on Linkin Park's remix album, Reanimation. Joe Hahn of Linkin Park and director Gregory Dark came up with the concept for the video, which was shot in Los Angeles, sixty-three feet underground in an abandoned subway tunnel. The video starts out with a group of teenage friends hanging out around a dark alley and features everything from martial artists, gravity inversions and the iconic Chester Bennington screams.
"Castle of Glass" was released by Linkin Park for their fifth studio album, Living Things. The song was released as a promotional single for "Medal of Honor: Warfighter", and was later remixed by Mike Shinoda for Linkin Park's second remix album, Recharged. The remix version is also featured in the video game Need for Speed Rivals as part of the soundtrack. The music video follows a young boy whose father was killed in action and the father's SEAL teammates comfort him and his mother. The video flash forwards to the boy eventually becoming a SEAL, like his father before him. Emotional and poignant, "Castle of Glass" uses evocative lyrics and electronic elements from the band's previous studio album, A Thousand Suns.
"New Divide" was released as a single by Linkin Park and was recorded specifically to be a theme song for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It remains one of the most critically acclaimed songs of Linkin Park's discography and is one of the few songs to top the US Rock Songs, Modern Rock Tracks and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks at the same time. The song's working title was "Megatron" and the music video features scenes taken from the movie, along with shots of the band inside the Tomb of the Primes (The 7 original Transformers). The video makes use of thermal cameras and flying food parts as texture around a lot of the thermal imagery to good effect. As far as quality is concerned, this is vintage Linkin Park, although some have argued that it is too similar to past Linkin Park singles, especially "What I've Done" which was also used earlier in Transformers.
"Easier to Run" is the sixth track on Linkin Park's album Meteora. It is one of the softer songs on the album and featurs no screaming vocals from Chester Bennington, and can be compared to Pushing Me Away and Somewhere I Belong in this respect. Chester also provides backing vocals for Mike Shinoda's rapping verses in this song which is in contrast to the band's other works where Shinoda is usually the one who backs Bennington's singing vocals.
"Talking to Myself" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. The song is the second single from their seventh studio album, One More Light and was released on July 25, 2017. The music video was released on July 20, 2017, the same day that Linkin Park's lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, was found dead by suicide. It is Chester Bennington's first posthumously released single.
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