Few years in the annals of music history are more significant than the year 2000. The turn of a new millennium brought with it a rapidly changing musical climate, and as the music industry inched closer to its current reliance on streaming, new genres of music became marketable. 20 years ago, you had nu-metal hitting its commercial peak, with the oncoming storm (hah!) of post-hardcore and metalcore not far behind, in particular. You also had post-metal upstarts like Isis start to emerge out of the underground, the humble beginnings of Lamb Of God, and many more.
Join us as we take a look at 25 albums you won’t believe are turning 20 this year. From Outkast to Radiohead, Marilyn Manson to Mudvayne, and Linkin Park to Limp Bizkit, the gang’s all here.
It goes without saying that Linkin Park, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut record Hybrid Theory this year, are one of the most important bands our generation has ever seen (well, heard). Instantly recognizable, the band have sold millions of records and ingrained themselves into the public consciousness with ease. The untimely and sad death of vocalist Chester Bennington has obviously put their future into question, that should not take away what the band has accomplished.
It’s only natural that one would attempt to rank the band’s expansive discography, which is much deeper than many critics give LP credit for. Without further ado, join us as we rank every Linkin Park album from worst to best.
20 years ago this October, Linkin Park released their groundbreaking debut full-length, Hybrid Theory. An album where pretty much every song could’ve been a single, we already know the kind of impact the record has had on popular culture, so we’ll try not to rehash old news on that note. “In The End”, “Crawling”, and “One Step Closer” were massive radio hits so inescapable and popular, they’re still rock radio staples to this day. While it’s generally known that Hybrid Theory sold a ridiculous amount of albums, it now ranks as one of the highest-selling albums of all time, too.
Off the top of your head, who do you think the highest-selling musicians of all-time are? A few names come to mind. Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park, Whitney Houston, The Beatles, and Metallica all ring a few bells, and there’s definitely hundreds more that we don’t have the space to talk about. Sad!
What’s not sad, however, is we’ve found a stellar new 10-minute video that essentially details the highest-selling musicians since 1969 – quarter by quarter. Most of the visualizer isn’t too much of a surprise if you know your music history, generally speaking.