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What They've Done: Looking Into the Journey of Linkin Park

Updated on August 1, 2017

Rock music. Tattoos. Growls. Metal. Alternative. Legend.

These are the words that people use to describe the rock band, Linkin Park.

Linkin Park is an American band which hailed from Agoura Hills, California formed in 1996. It was founded by Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson during their high school days. They later on recruited Joe Hahn, Dave Farrell and Mark Wakefield (vocalist) to form their band called Xero. However, they failed to land a record deal which prompted Wakefield to leave the band. In search for Wakefield's replacement, Chester Bennington was recommended by Jeff Blue in March 1999. They then changed their band name from Xero to Hybrid Theory. In 1999, they released a self-titled extended play which circulated all over the internet chatrooms and forums. They changed their band name again to Lincoln Park (as homage to Santa Monica's Lincoln Park) which eventually became Linkin Park to acquire the website domain The band signed a deal with Warner Bros Records with the help of Jeff Blue in 1999 and they released their first album Hybrid Theory the following year.

The entire music industry was shaken up when Chester Bennington, Linkin Park's vocalist apparently took his life last July 2017. All the fans around the world were mourning for his loss. The band's songs climbed up the charts after his death. People were paying tributes to the rock band which they know call a legend.

I've been listening to Linkin Park since my childhood. I grew up to their songs and I've always been a fan. Their songs talk about the band's demons, depression and frustrations which many people could relate to.

As a tribute to the band who made me love rock music and became the role model of other successful rock and alternative bands, I listed the Top 5 songs that we could listen to for some Linkin Park fix (though they have a large pool of great songs):


A single from their album One More Light featuring Kiiara. This song is not like the typical Linkin Park rock song, it's pop rock and despite of negative reviews, it sounds pretty good. It is about the band members' frustrations and mind battles. It is about the mind being our greatest enemy and feeling the emotional weight of problems that are stacking up and unnecessary. Most of the problems that we have are also created by us and we have to separate ourselves from them rather than letting them eat us up. Kiiara is the first woman to be featured in Linkin Park studio album track.

One Step Closer

The second track in their album Hybrid Theory. It was written by vocalist Chester Bennington to express his anger he felt during his childhood where he's an outcast and got beaten a lot. It was written in Mike Shinoda's flat and it was inspired by Don Gilmore's drilling during the recording in which they have rewritten some songs for 30 times. This song was Andrew Williams' inspiration for killing people in a shooting spree in Santee, California.

In The End

The eight track in their album Hybrid Theory and one of the band's signature songs. It was hailed as Billboard's second most played rock song of the decade in March 2002 and best song in Kerrang's Rock 100 list in 2015. The lyrics is based on Bennington's struggles while growing up. The video of this song was shot in a desert in California on the band's way to 2001 Ozzfest tour. It won the Best Rock Video at 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.

A Light That Never Comes

A single from the band's second album Recharged. This is their first collaboration with American DJ Steve Aoki and first debuted at Summer Sonic Festival in August 2013. Unlike the other Linkin Park songs, this song is electro-rock which indicates the band's commitment to pushing their boundaries and experimentation.

Leave Out All The Rest

The final single from their third album Minutes to Midnight which was released in July 2008. It was featured on US TV series Law & Order advertisement for Sky One and used as the title of a CSI episode where the band made a deal with CBS for the episode. The lyrics of the song is about asking for redemption from past mistakes, asking forgiveness with pure humility. It's original title is Fear which was changed later on after many variations.

Apart from these 5 songs, Linkin Park has so many great songs that any could listen to on repeat. Without a doubt, the band played an important role in the music industry which really captured the attention of the listeners and formed a solid fan base all around the world.


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