Feature: ARTISTdirect.com's Top Linkin Park Songs
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 08:32:09
Linkin Park have so many anthems that it's almost impossible to narrow them down on a list.
However, we took a stab at that anyway. From Hybrid Theory all the way through this year's LIVING THINGS, there are a countless hits that continue to transfix fans worldwide on the radio, on YouTube, and, of course, live. Sometimes, it's the deeper album cuts that make the biggest impact though—as any diehard will tell you. Some of the band's heavier fare is also its best.
ARTISTdirect.com spent a long time culling this list, and we want to know what you think! There are some huge singles on there, and then there are the numbers that just plain spoke to us and us alone! Either way, they're still the 21st century's premier rock band, and every one of their tracks deserves your attention.
Check out ARTISTdirect.com's exclusive top Linkin Park songs list below now!
ARTISTdirect.com's Top Linkin Park Songs
"One Step Closer"
The opening Brad Delson riff from Linkin Park's breakthrough single is as immortal as the interplay between Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda is. This is Linkin Park's "Walk" or "Enter Sandman", and it packs just as much of a Hybrid punch today as it did back in 2001. This is a bona fide classic at this point. You know the words so sing (and scream) along…
"Papercut" kicks off Hybrid Theory, and essentially started it all. Bennington's hook is so infectious it clings to you, while Shinoda's rhymes are razor sharp. Rob Bourdon's impenetrable drumming fuels the verses with Dave "Phoenix" Farrell bolting down a distinct bass gallop. After all these years, "Papercut" still slices with the best of them.
"LOST IN THE ECHO"
Linkin Park truly perfected their sonic alchemy on 2012's LIVING THINGS. "LOST IN THE ECHO" resounds with one of their most ethereal and entrancing refrains carried by Bennington. Shinoda's MC skills somehow only get fiercer with every subsequent release. The electronics from Joe Hahn reverberate with Nine Inch Nails-style invasive intensity. You'll want to get "LOST IN THE ECHO" again and again.
"Bleed It Out"
With its handclaps and cyber thrash stomp, "Bleed It Out" charges at full speed ahead as one of the group's most propulsive powder kegs. The Minutes to Midnight centerpiece is short and succinct, but it's so potent it'll knock you on your ass. This one was meant for the stadiums.
"When They Come For Me"
This track could fuel a tense chase in your favorite sci-fi flick. Blending warbling bass and tribal drums, it's a cinematic opus in the middle of A Thousand Suns. After gritty, guttural, and grimy rapping, Bennington drops a haunting little bridge that evokes Alice in Chains playing in Dead Space. It's downright badass like finding The Fifth Element or something. Try to catch up motherfucker!
"Krwlng" [Featuring Aaron Lewis of Staind]
Of course, the original "Crawling" stands out as a staggering hit in its own right. However, there's something chilling about the "Krwling" remix from Reanimation featuring Staind singer Aaron Lewis. Lewis's pained howl reverberates with immense power as the song morphs and moves fluidly. There's nothing quite like this collaboration between two 21st century titans.
"Don't Stay" illustrates just how phenomenal Linkin Park are at songwriting. The guitar weaves and winds in and out of schizophrenic scratching as Bennington's scream simply soars. Meteora remains timeless because of tracks like this.
It's always mind-blowing when Linkin Park open live shows with the symphony swell of this elegantly heavy salvo. Shinoda fires off some sharp, slick rhymes as Bennington roars. It might just make you "Faint".
Linkin Park's heaviest song from LIVING THINGS rips faces and explodes with its guitar chug, electronic flurry, and razing refrain a la Ministry. It's everything industrial metal should be and more.
"A Place For My Head"
The calculated twang to the riff makes this Hybrid Theory deep cut a gem of its own.
"Wretches And Kings"
After the rallying sample, this track kicks in as one of Linkin Park's fieriest ever. It's weirdly irresistible as the reggae style heat burns somehow sounding like a heavy metal M.I.A. with The Clash and Deftones backing it all up. However, it's better than all that. It's Linkin Park.
The soft piano and wintry imagery make "My December" one of the group's most impactful ballads. It shows that even when stripped of the big production, electronics, and gnashing guitars, Linkin Park are as power as it gets.
"Somewhere I Belong"
It's a gorgeous call-to-arms for the disenfranchised everywhere, and it's beyond catchy.
"Izzo/In the End"
Jay-Z and Linkin Park go toe-to-toe on Collision Course, and the results are wildly wonderful. Two of the greatest arts of the past two decades join forces and make magic. "Izzo/In the End" brings them together in the best way possible on a seamless roll.
It's a stark plea to keep a relationship going and one hell of a ballad. There's an energy to it "In Between" the piano that's immediately palpable.
What's your favorite Linkin Park song?