It's not the saddest part of today, but it's still absolutely heartbreaking that Chester Bennington didn't live to see rock's history writers come around on Linkin Park. It would have happened -- absolutely would've, eventually. The band was too big, too influential, too talented, too smart, too innovative. Sure, they had the misfortune of their commercial and artistic apex coming at a peak for mainstream rock music at its most blunt and least imaginative, and the double misfortune of being directly influential on a lot of the bands responsible for making it so. But that was never Linkin Park themselves. Their best music was electric, boundary-pushing and undeniably vital. Dismissing them along with the thudding misogyny that marked nu-metal deep into the '00s is no fairer than writing off Nirvana with the middling bands of '90s post-grunge. Chester Bennignton, who was found dead Thursday July 20 at age 41 of an apparent suicide, didn't dominate Linkin Park the way most frontmen of his time did -- at their best, the band's nervous system was directed in equal parts by Bennington's paint-scraping primal scream, Mike Shinoda's keep-calm-and-carry-on rhyming and Joe Hahn's lucid-nightmare samples and soundscapes.
'Breaking the Habit'
'Waiting for the End'
It feels impossible to overstate the impact of Linkin Park on modern rock. Influenced heavily by the raw-edged alt. The sprawling, riff-heavy lead single holds its own, though, with a sense of uncontrolled momentum to match its Temple Run-inspired music video and that weightily climactic cameo from New York rap icon Rakim taking it to the next level. The subsequent attempt to recapture the slick bombast of their trademark sound without altogether jettisoning electronic experimentation produced only a few truly memorable tracks, but Burn It Down still stands out. Typical of a band determined to stay ahead of the curve rather than, er, getting lost in the echo…. Originally conceived as an instrumental track by Mike, Breaking The Habit had been in the works for five years before eventually clicking over the course of a couple of hours to become a central showcase — not to mention the fifth and final single — for Meteora. A fast-paced, genre-melding prototype of the next LP era — with numerous layers to the sound and far more slickly-deployed production than before — at its core this became a reckoning on the personal cycle of self-destruction. The heaviest — and, arguably, best — song on Minutes To Midnight is a serrated stand-out amongst the high-sheen of that third Linkin Park full-length. Perhaps the most nu-metal track the band ever recorded, this was proof that Linkin Park had the grit to counterbalance their platinum-selling glamour.
One thing is for sure, the ever-evolving six-piece of Chester Bennington , Mike Shinoda , Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell and Rob Bourdon have always kept things interesting with a hybrid mix of rock, metal, rap and electronic music. So, as we present this Top 10 countdown of Linkin Park songs, keep in mind that we tried so hard, but in the end we hope we chose the songs that really mattered. Check out our list of the 10 Best Linkin Park Songs below.
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