Taking over MTV with an enraged stream of angst-ridden rock songs, alternative-metal pioneers Linkin Park emerged from California in the early 2000s to become the biggest rock group since Nirvana. With their debut album, Hybrid Theory, selling 27 million copies worldwide to date, their fusion of Mike Shinoda’s rap-rock crossover vision and the late Chester Bennington’s vexed yet melodic voice cut through the post-millennial noise, inspiring legions of followers, from metalheads to hip-hop fans. Fully backing the group’s reputation as nu-metal titans, the best Linkin Park songs are a testament to the Californian six-piece’s musical evolution, demonstrating their enduring appeal as one of the most exciting rock bands of the 21st century.
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20: Castle Of Glass (from ‘Living Things’, 2012)
A strong anti-war sentiment pervades much of Linkin Park’s music, and Castle Of Glass was the band’s stirring and emotionally powerful soundtrack offering to the video game Medal Of Honor: Warfighter. With a music video that told the story of a young family struggling to cope after their soldier father is killed in military action, the song chugs along to a slow, EDM-laced folk-rock groove with lyrics that Chester Bennington said were all about “finding yourself as this broken part of this big machine, and feeling like you’re not part of that”.