Saturday, August 25, 2001

Linkin Park “In the End” charted

In the End

Linkin Park

Writer(s): Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon (see lyrics here)

Released: October 9, 2001

First Charted: August 25, 2001

Peak: 2 US, 16 RR, 15 A40, 3 AR, 15 MR, 8 UK, 2 CN, 4 AU, 5 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 1.2 UK, 5.66 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.7 radio, 1400.0 video, 1615.11 streaming


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About the Song:

Linkin Park formed in Agoura Hills, California in 1996. Their debut, 2000’s Hybrid Theory, has sold more than 27 million worldwide and become a foundational album in the nu metal scene. Four singles were released from the album with “In the End,” the last one, being the most successful. It is one of the group’s three songs to reach the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #2. It was the first of ten top-40 hits for the group.

“In the End” has become Linkin Park’s signatur song and the first nu-metal song to pass one billion streams on Spotify. WK Critics have complimented the piano riff and rapping from Mike Shinoda. In 2015, the song topped Kerrang! magazine’s list of rock songs. WK

The song was about Chester Bennington, the group’s lead singer, and his childhood struggles with being picked on. SF Shinoda said, “There’s a weird battle with hopelessness…that the song is really about…What’s so odd…is its almost talking about these things and saying ‘I don’t have any answers.’” SF

Bennington initially opposed its inclusion on Hybrid Theory. WK He said later he realized choosing singles wasn’t his strong suit “so I leave that to other people who are actually talented at somehow picking songs people are going to like the most.” SF By contrast, Shinoda thought the song showcased Linkin Park’s range of skills because “it contrasted with the more aggressive tunes in their catalog.” SF


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