15 Years Ago: Linkin Park Releases "Hybrid Theory"

October 26, 2015

Although it may not seem like it, Linkin Park wasn't an overnight success. They had to deal with the same struggles and problems every other up-and-coming band deals with. But it wasn't until their release of their album, Hybrid Theory that really helped things fall into place.

When Hybrid Theory hit the shelves on October 24th, 2000, the members of Linkin Park were unprepared for the overwhelming success they were about to achieve. The first single off the album was "One Step Closer", which showcased the vocal talents of lead singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda, that became an instant hit with their new wave of fans. Especially with Bennington's aggressive delivery of "Shut up, shut up while I'm talking to you." The song went on to reach the No. 5 slot on Modern Rock and No. 4 on Mainstream Rock charts.

The second single to make it off the Hybrid Theory album was "Crawling," which touched down upon topics such as child abuse as well as Bennington's longstanding battle with substance abuse. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bennington said of the song, "It's easy to fall into that thing - 'poor, poor me', that's where songs like 'Crawling' come from. I can't take myself. But that song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don't say 'you' at any point. It's about how I'm the reason that I feel this way. There's something inside me that pulls me down." 

Chester admitted to SPIN that "Crawling" has always been a difficult song for him to get through on stage: "Crawling has cause me the most trouble live more than any other song... Crawling is about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol, hence the line 'These wounds they will not heal."

A year after its release, Hybrid Theory's the biggest single to make it off the album was "In The End," which featured a very memorable piano melody, that went on to reach the No. 1 slot on the Modern Rock chart and No. 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart. This came as a surprise to the Bennington because he initially never saw the appeal of the song to the point that he even wanted it removed from the album. When talking with V Music, Bennington said, "I was never a fan of 'In The End' and I didn't even want it to be on the record, honestly. How wrong could I have possibly been? I basically decided at that point I don't know what the f**k I'm talking about, so I leave that to other people who are actually talented at somehow picking songs that people are going to like the most. It also gave me a good lesson, as an artist, that I don't necessarily have to only make music, in my band, that I want to listen to. More often than not, something that I like, very few other people like, and something that those people like is something that I kind of like, or don't like at all."

(source: Loudwire)