This special episode looks to commemorate the late Chester Bennington, the main vocal for nu metal and rock band Linkin Park. Chester Bennington had huge success Linkin Park, and during his career spanning more than two decades, he was recognised as one of rock's defining voices in the new millennium. Linkin Park has not only made themselves a legend in the field, but also the influence amongst the younger generation that followed their music. For this special episode we will look at Chester's Top Ten Songs on the Billboard Hot 100, so let's jump right in.
At number 10, we have Waiting for the End that peaked at the 42nd place on Feb. 19, 2011. It is the second single from their fourth album A Thousand Suns, which was released in 2010. It was a completely different style from what we used to hear from Linkin Park, and they also took time to settle on the new music style.
At number 9, it is Burn It Down which peaked at the 30th place on May 5, 2012. This song is the lead single of their fifth studio album Living Things. In the song, they talked about their personal story and on top of that, they added a layer of pop culture. They discussed how people or celebrities can turn into the centre of attack in one day just because of making a mistake or falling into a bad rumour.
Somewhere I Belong is our number 8, and the song peaked at the 32nd place on May 3, 2003. Being the first single from their second studio album Meteora, it was a song written for people who have been through tough times, and looking for a place in life.
At number 7, we have Breaking the Habit that peaked at the 20th place on Sept. 18, 2004. This song resonates with Chester's thoughts, although it was written more than 10 years ago. It was a song about drug addiction, and at the end the person decided to give up fighting against his struggle, saying "I don’t know how I got this way I’ll never be alright so I’m breaking the habit tonight."
Numb/Encore, a collaboration with Jay-Z is at number 6, and the song also peaked at the 20th place on Feb. 12, 2005. Before Mike Shinoda cofounded Linkin Park back in 1996, he was an experimental musician who mixed Jay-Z songs with other tracks. After Linkin Park's first two albums being worldwide hits, Jay-Z contacted Mike Shinoda to seek cooperation and the rest is history.
Breaking into top 5, we have Shadow of the Day, which peaked at number 15 of the chart on March 8, 2008. The song is the third single from their third studio album Minutes to Midnight, and it is about a person fighting against illnesses, and sometimes if it is too hard to fight, death is the only solution.
At number 4, it is New Divide, a song that also featured in Transformers 2: Revenge Of the Fallen. The song peaked at number 6 on June 6, 2009. After working on What I've Done, a song that was included in the first Transformers movie's trailer, they decided to work with Michael Bay again, and this time it became the theme of the movie. In the process of producing the song, they also worked with Hans Zimmer, an award-winning composer that specialises in producing soundtracks for movie.
At number 3, it is What I've Done, peaking at number 7 on April 21, 2007, also featuring in the first Transformers movie. Not only it has achieved great success in Billboard's Chart, it has also been certified three time platinum by the RIAA, being the most commercially successful song by the band. It also marked the changes that Linkin Park made during their first ten years, and served as a song that Linkin Park waving goodbye to the old band.
At number 2, we have Numb, peaking at number 11 of the chart on March 6, 2004. It is a song for teenagers that are pushed towards the expectations of the others, parents, schools, or even friends. They are numb to the people around them because they have been forced to become someone who isn't themselves. The lyrics voice the eagerness to become themselves and being less controlled by expectations and norms.
On top of our list, we have In the End, peaking at number 2 of the chart on May 30, 2002. This song is on their debut album Hybrid Theory, and achieved mainstream success. It is a song calling for people to not waste their time and live in their moments. The destination doesn't matter, but the journey does. Chester did live a journey that was remarkable, and it doesn't matter where he ends. May he forever lives in our hearts.