Categorized as alternative rock , Linkin Park's earlier music spanned a fusion of heavy metal and hip hop ,  while they later transitioned into more electronica and pop influenced music. The band continued to explore a wider variation of musical types on their fourth album, A Thousand Suns , layering their music with more electronic sounds. The band's fifth album, Living Things , combined musical elements from all of their previous records. Their sixth album, The Hunting Party , returned to a heavier rock sound, and their seventh album, One More Light , was their first pop-oriented record.
9. Shadow of the Day
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. But that's not to say that he was inessential, or indeed that he was anything less than epochal: His shredded-throat shrieking was the whiny, guttural, unignorable voice of a musical generation, as inextricable to the sound of '00s rock as, well, Chris Cornell's voice was to the '90s. He was the band's not-so-secret weapon, capable of unleashing holy hell at a measure's notice, making their songs captivating even when they otherwise sounded like they were just spinning their Xbox controllers.
25) The Catalyst
No new rock band of the last 20 years has been as successful as Linkin Park. The tragic death of co-frontman Chester Bennington was a huge body blow, but the band say they're working on new music. The chorus, naturally, is a monster, and when old school hip-hop hero Rakim steps in to spit his bars the track catches fire anew. Having sold almost 50 million copies of their first two albums worldwide, Linkin Park were in an understandably bullish mood when they commenced work on Minutes To Midnight , determined to step away from the tried and trusted musical formulas that had served them so well on Hybrid Theory and Meteora. I might have to bring out the young Jay-Z! That Hybrid Theory is the best-selling debut album of the 21st century, having shifted a phenomenal 28 million copies globally, is perhaps down to this one song more than any other. Kept from topping the US Billboard chart by a frankly rubbish J. Louder Together we're Louder. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer. See more Louder features.
Linkin Park are one of the biggest bands in the world. Releasing seven studio albums and selling over 70 million copies worldwide, few bands can demand the size of audiences that the nu metal-turned alt rockers play to on the regs. To find out, we turned to science. By using a super-complicated spreadsheet pulling in data from Spotify, YouTube and Setlist. FM, we not only have the definitive list of songs fans are listening to around the world, but also the songs the band want to play. So, without further ado, here are the best Linkin Park songs ever. No arguing, this is the list.