Linkin Park is incomplete without these top Berrington’s hits
Since their inception in 1996, Linkin Park have been one of the defining bands of nu metal era .Their mix of hip-hop , metal and even moments of punk saw them straddle the rock and mainstream scenes ; their heaviness appealed to metalheads, and co-vocalist and multi -instrumentalists Mike Shinoda’s deft rap passages gave pop fans something to latch onto…
At the core of the band ,though was vocalist Chester Bennington.Every song was delivered with real and visceral emotion, and his lyrics were an outlet for personal anguish.Countless teens in the early 2000s found solace in his words ,and he was open in interviews about his abusive childhood and addiction issues.His tragic suicide on June 20 2017 shocked fans worldwide, who’d been rooting for him all along to find peace..
In tribute to Bennington here are band’s 5 best tracks…
1.’ One Step Closer ‘
One of the headlining songs off their breakthrough album Hybrid Theory ,’One Step Closer’ introduced the world to a new genre ,fusing melodies and sounds explored by older bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden with a similar but somehow different angst of teenagers growing up in the late ’90s / early 2000s.
With such a catchy melody, the lyric “shut up when I’m talking to you ” will forever resound with foundation Linkin Park fans..
2.’What I’ve done’
One of Bennington’s finest solo for the band , it came off Linkin Park’s third studio album Minutes to Midnight .
The song signalled the band’s sign of transition to a more traditional rock sound and they weren’t shy to let their listeners know .
Who can forget this song and the keys at the beginning ?
With a melody so thick you can bite it ,it’s so catchy and iconic of the time that one of the kings of hip hop Jay Z wanted to reproduce it a year after it’s initial release.
“I’m tired of being what you want me to be ” is a lyric that will go down as one of the band’s best.
4. ‘Given up’
Linkin Park delivered one of their hardest song to date with ‘Given up’ off the minutes to midnight album. Guitarist Brad Delson shines on this track ,not only for the infectious guitar lick that drives the song ,but also for the keys jingling at the start of the cut. It’s also notable for Bennington’s excessive 17-second scream before the final chorus that drives home the alienation laid out in the lyrics .
5.’In The End’
Undoubtedly the band’s best song ,you will have to go far and wide to find someone who hasn’t heard it and even to find someone who won’t recognize the intro.
Bennington’s sharp vocals Mike Shinoda’s edgy rapping set the band apart from other rock groups of the time , Such as Sum 41…
Chester Bennington loss will be felt around the world ,with Linkin Park holding a special place in the hearts of those growing up around the turn of millennium ………
All the Linkin Park fans out there comment your favorite Bennington’s song…..