With seven studio albums under their belts, collaborations, and numerous LP Underground compilations, Linkin Park’s discography has a lot to digest. From the raucous nu-metal of their early years to the electronic experimentation of A Thousand Suns, there’s a lot to unpack even for seasoned LP fans. Luckily, that’s what we’re here to do with our ranking of the top 40 Linkin Park songs. It’s harder than you think, though, with a number that sizable. After all, with seven full-lengths, their debut EP, and even plenty of non-single tracks, it’s going to be a tough task.
We’ve laid out some ground rules, though. For starters, we’re not including any of the songs off the LP Underground compilations. This means no “QWERTY” and other fan favorite demo tracks that might appear on said compilations. There’s also no collaboration albums or live tracks on our list, which means no Jay-Z Collision Course songs, or the excellent “It’s Goin’ Down”. However, we are including single tracks like “New Divide” (spoiler alert!), and possibly a remix song or two from Reanimation. Without further ado, here’s the top 40 Linkin Park songs.
#40: “From The Inside” (Meteora, 2003)
One of the best songs 2003’s Meteora had to offer, “From The Inside” doesn’t necessarily divulge from the familiar territory of their first two records. However, it does sport a big, customary Chester Bennington chorus.
#39: “My December” (Reanimation, 2002)
The Reanimation remix of LP’s Hybrid Theory B-side “My December” takes the already introspective and vulnerable song to new heights, with an increased emphasis on electronics.
#38: “Cure For The Itch” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
All Linkin Park albums had a requisite instrumental track (minus One More Light), and “Cure For The Itch” showcases Mr. Hahn’s obvious skills behind the turntables. It’s a track so good, it seems like it would be pretty cool to hear an entire record like this.
#37: “Step Up” (Hybrid Theory EP, 1999)
“Step Up” was an early LP song with a strong message: if you’re not willing to “study the skill” and earn your place, it’s not for you.
#36: “Crawling” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
One of the emotional centerpieces of Hybrid Theory, “Crawling” is one of LP’s defining songs. It’s not a surprise it won the band a Grammy in 2002, as well.
#35: “Mark The Graves” (The Hunting Party, 2014)
The Hunting Party was a huge step up for Linkin Park as far as the technical ability required on certain songs, and much like “War” and another song or two on our list, “Mark The Graves” deserves more attention. Most impressive is how drummer Rob Bourdon stepped up his game here, but really, the whole band fires on all cylinders. Perhaps The Hunting Party will eventually be revered by fans who feel similarly towards A Thousand Suns.
#34: “Pushing Me Away” (Reanimation, 2002)
One of Reanimation’s highlights, the remix of “Pushing Me Away” shows more layers than the Hybrid Theory original, adding more intensity and depth.
#33: “Numb” (Meteora, 2003)
Arguably Linkin Park’s most iconic song, “Numb” is a song about, well, not being able (or wanting) to feel. Complete with beautiful piano led by Mike Shinoda, it’s no wonder why it became one of the biggest tracks of the 2000s.
#32: “What I’ve Done” (Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
One of the band’s biggest singles to date, “What I’ve Done” is a fairly traditional modern Linkin Park song with a big chorus, and it also signaled the band’s movement away from nu-metal.
#31: “Burn It Down” (Living Things, 2012)
A more electronic-heavy record that perhaps would have been better received had it been released a few years later, Living Things nonetheless has its share of solid tracks. “Burn It Down”, in particular, helped inspire the current wave of electronic bands you hear now – especially Starset.
#30: “Good Goodbye (feat. Pusha T and Stormzy)” (One More Light, 2017)
Getting Pusha T and Stormzy on a feature must have been awesome for Linkin Park, and luckily those features aren’t wasted on “Good Goodbye” – a catchy pop-rap track with a chorus that won’t leave your head for a long time.
#29: “Lying From You” (Meteora, 2003)
Good old Brad Delson guitar crunch. “Lying From You” is one of the best songs off Meteora.
#28: “When They Come For Me” (A Thousand Suns, 2010)
A Thousand Suns is full of some of Mike Shinoda’s best rapping abilities and the band’s most intriguing electronic sections, and “When They Come For Me” is a great example of that. In fact, the subject matter references that many at the time wanted the “old” Linkin Park back.
#27: “Sorry For Now” (One More Light, 2017)
“Sorry For Now” inverts the typical LP formula, with Mike Shinoda carrying most of the vocals and Chester Bennington doing the rapping.
#26: “One More Light” (One More Light, 2017)
It’s impossible not to shed a tear or two upon hearing Chester Bennington’s voice on the title track to “One More Light”. The lyrics to the song even ended up saving a man’s life.
#25: “In My Remains” (Living Things, 2012)
The emotional catharsis of this song’s massive chorus gives way to a haunting bridge section, where Mike Shinoda sings ominously of an “army falling one by one by one”.
#24: “Faint” (Meteora, 2003)
Boasting an instantly recognizable sample intro and some of Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda’s best vocal interplay, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most iconic singles from Meteora.
#23: “One Step Closer” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
Linkin Park’s first official single from Hybrid Theory, with, you know, THAT guitar riff.
#22: “In The End” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
“In The End” is one of the biggest LP singles in history, and was really the “hit” that helped Hybrid Theory sell millions of records.
#21: “High Voltage” (Hybrid Theory EP, 1999)
“High Voltage”, and all of its various iterations and remixes, arguably shows off Linkin Park’s hip-hop soul better than any other track.
#20: “Given Up” (Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
The infamous “Chester Bennington screams for a really long time” song.
#19: “Waiting For The End” (A Thousand Suns, 2010)
“Waiting For The End” shows Linkin Park’s poppier side, almost sounding like a 311 track at times.
#18: “Lost In The Echo” (Living Things, 2012)
“Lost In The Echo” is an emotive electronic rock masterpiece, opening Living Things with stadium-sized synths and fiercely defiant verses from Mike Shinoda.
#17: “Bleed It Out” (Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
Here we go for the hundredth time, “Bleed It Out” is entirely too catchy. Led by Mike Shinoda’s rapping and Brad Delson’s U2-esque guitar melodies, it’s one of the better modern LP songs for a reason.
#16: “Somewhere I Belong” (Meteora, 2003)
“Somewhere I Belong” is admittedly a huge LP song, but its subject matter is universal – wanting to belong to something, somewhere, someone. It also really set off the hype train for album #2, proving Meteora would be no sophomore slump.
#15: “With You” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
“With You” could have been released as a single, like most of Hybrid Theory. Essentially, the song is about the attachment we often feel towards a significant other.
#14: “And One” (Hybrid Theory EP, 1999)
An important early Linkin Park song, it’s a track that could have easily fit on Hybrid Theory. “If anger’s a gift, then I guess I’ve been blessed” is a lyrical gem.
#13: “Final Masquerade” (The Hunting Party, 2014)
The penultimate track on The Hunting Party, “Final Masquerade” is arguably the most U2-esque song in the band’s repertoire. And it’s an arena-sized anthem that most bands would kill to write.
#12: “Iridescent” (A Thousand Suns, 2010)
One of the centerpieces of A Thousand Suns, this is also one of Linkin Park’s strongest ballads period. A powerful ode to letting go of the pain we carry inside of ourselves that features truly gorgeous vocal performances from both Chester and Mike… including some fantastic harmonies.
#11: “Keys To The Kingdom” (The Hunting Party, 2014)
The opening track to The Hunting Party immediately kicks in the door with intense screams from Chester Bennington, coupled with some of the most technical instrumentation the band ever recorded. The song makes it immediately apparent that this is the album where the band fulfilled their promise of making a “return to rock”.
#10: “Breaking The Habit” (Meteora, 2003)
Mike Shinoda wrote this song’s lyrics as a poignant tribute to a friend struggling with drug addiction. However, what really makes the message of the track take flight is the haunting vocal performance by Chester Bennington, who imbues Mike’s words with the pain of lived experience.
#9: “The Catalyst” (A Thousand Suns, 2010)
“The Catalyst” may have been the big lead single from ATS, but it’s also an ambitious introduction to the concept behind the record, too.
#8: “Easier To Run” (Meteora, 2003)
“Easier To Run” deserves to be talked about more, if not for the musical risks it takes, then for the fact that it’s relatable to anyone who’s ever experienced trauma or shame in their lives. A hidden gem that could have easily been a single.
#7: “A Place For My Head” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
That Brad Delson guitar intro? Iconic. The way Mike Shinoda delivers rapid-fire rap verses? Fantastic.
#6: “Papercut” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
Any song that’s considered the “identity” of Linkin Park deserves a high spot on this list.
#5: “Wretches And Kings” (A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Drop. The. Bass. Also known as the song where Mike Shinoda and Joseph Hahn lose their collective minds in a cavalcade of heavy bass, venomous hip-hop, and electronic flourishes.
#4: “A Line In The Sand” (The Hunting Party, 2014)
“A Line In The Sand” is one of Linkin Park’s most interesting songs, with pummeling drums and great vocals from Chester and Mike. It’s even the length of something you might label as progressive, which is pretty neat.
#3: “New Divide” (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen soundtrack)
“New Divide” was Linkin Park’s first real foray into electronic rock music, and its inclusion on the Transformers: ROTF soundtrack was no surprise. It’s a hugely anthemic single that foreshadowed what the band would do on their next two records, too.
#2: “The Little Things Give You Away” (Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
Proving that Linkin Park could be ambitious when writing more expansive tracks, “The Little Things Give You Away” sees the band touching on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the botched handling of relief efforts by FEMA, and even features a Brad Delson guitar solo as well as excellent drumming by Rob Bourdon.
#1: “Points Of Authority” (Hybrid Theory, 2000)
“Points Of Authority” is the archetypal Linkin Park song. Why? It’s got everything you could want from an LP track. A big Chester Bennington chorus, some of Mike Shinoda’s best rapping on any record to date, an electronic intro that’s also foreboding, lyrics that were able to be easily related to, and Brad Delson’s guitar crunch that moved many an audience early on in LP’s career. And it’s one of the most iconic nu-metal tracks ever recorded.