Chester Bennington is the name that’s on everybody’s mind and imprinted on everybody’s heart, now and forever. A music legend, an artist known for reaching millions of hearts through his touching and inspiring lyrics. 1996 was the year the world was graced with Linkin Park, a striving nu metal and alternative rock band led by vocalist, Chester Bennington, which surely enough rose to success in 2000 with its debut album Hybrid Theory and the rest, as they say, is history.
On July 20, 2017, the world received the tragic news of Bennington’s passing and millions of hearts shattered all across the globe. Fans mourned the loss of their beloved idol and paid tribute to him by remembering his most unforgettable tracks. So here’s a compilation of the 5 tracks by Chester Bennington and Linkin Park that we think are the most unforgettable.
- IN THE END – HYBRID THEORY (2000):
In the End is the band’s most popular and recognizable soundtrack. It is the song that was on everybody’s tongue when it was released and it still remains the most played song. Linkin Park itself has played this song in all of their concerts. The song was highly praised by music critics and the song’s famous piano riff was highly appreciated along with rapper, Mike Shinoda’s rapping being the highlight of the track. The song talks about not wasting time on things that will be useless and meaningless in the end. This song definitely put Linkin Park on the map and the band became a force to be reckoned with.
- NUMB – METEORA (2003):
Numb was released on the band’s second album, Meteora, in 2003. It was one of the most critically acclaimed tracks and gained massive popularity and topped various charts. It was the soundtrack of millions of people’s teenage years. Fans related to the heartfelt lyrics about living up to other’s expectations and being put under pressure, sung by Bennington and his strong vocals. A beautiful blend of aggressive melody makes the song one of the most cherished tracks.
- LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST – MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (2007):
Leave out All the Rest was the track that touched the souls of many through its lyrics about redemption and asking for forgiveness for past mistakes. Bennington was determined to make this track meaningful from the beginning and claimed that this song was a supposed apology letter and a request from the people to remember the good things and let go of the bad. Today, when Bennington is no longer with us, this track feels like he wrote a eulogy for himself ten years ago and now wants us to remember him and cherish his memory.
“When my time comes, forget the wrong that I’ve done, help me leave behind some reasons to be missed.”
- WHAT I’VE DONE – MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT (2007):
What I’ve Done stands as one of the more thought provoking songs with a subject like repentance, redemption, and acceptance and moving on beyond the guilt that surrounds us all. Bennington puts all his energy and emotions into the song and really has a way of speaking to the people about making the world a better place by asking for forgiveness and starting over with a clean slate. This song went triple platinum and became the band’s most commercially successful track. It also became the title track for the film Transformers and is also a part of Transformers: The Album.
- WAITING FOR THE END – A THOUSAND SUNS (2010):
Waiting for the End has a somewhat different tune than the usual Linkin Park songs but it also fits in so well with the band’s style of music. Bennington’s description of this song said that it had a “summertime vibe” to it. The song was a huge success and received positive reviews from the critics. The song can be related to in so many ways. Some would relate to it as being the song that signals depression and putting up a brave face every day to fight the battle of life and some would say it is about love and broken relationships and going through denial because you cannot accept it and let go of the person you love so you deny it. This is the beauty of this track, and the band itself, to enable the people to find meaning in the words according to their struggles.
Chester Bennington had the power and talent to change people’s lives through his words and believed in changing the world through his music. Gone too soon but never forgotten, Chester Bennington will forever live in our hearts and his words will keep lighting up our lives.
“If we look outside ourselves to find love and peace we will ultimately fail. It has to come from within. Lead by example.” – Chester Bennington.