Linkin Park: Song Grades

Linkin Park

Linkin Park is my favorite band of all time. I grew up with their music, I’ve attended a meet and greet in Denmark, I’ve flown to the United States to attend a concert for Chester Bennington’s Dead By Sunrise-project. I love Linkin Park.

Previously, I reviewed a couple of their albums on a 1-10 scale (Living Things & The Hunting Party), but seeing as my tastes have changed a bit those reviews won’t have an impact on these scores. I rewrote the original 1-10/10 scores in March 2016 to fit the A+ to F-scale. Any and all future studio or remix albums will be graded on the aforementioned letter grade-scale.

Hybrid Theory – 2000 – A+

  1. Papercut – A+
  2. One Step Closer – A+
  3. With You – A
  4. Points of Authority – A-
  5. Crawling – A+
  6. Runaway – A-
  7. By Myself – B+
  8. In The End – A+
  9. A Place For My Head – A-
  10. Forgotten – A-
  11. Cure For The Itch – B
  12. Pushing Me Away – A
  13. (Deluxe) My December – B
  14. (Deluxe) High Voltage – B-

Reanimation – 2002 – B

  1. Opening – B-
  2. Pts.OF.Athrty – B
  3. Enth E Nd – B
  4. Frgt/10 – B+
  5. P5hng Me A*wy – B
  6. Plc.4 Mie Hæd – B
  7. X-Ecutioner Style – B-
  8. H! Vltg3 – B-
  9. Wth>You – B+
  10. Ntr/Mission – B-
  11. Ppr:Kut – B
  12. Rnw@y – B+
  13. My<Dsmbr – A-
  14. By_Myslf – B+
  15. Kyur4 th Ich – B
  16. 1stp Klosr – B
  17. Krwling – B-

Meteora – 2003 – A+

  1. Foreword – B-
  2. Don’t Stay – A
  3. Somewhere I Belong – A+
  4. Lying From You – A-
  5. Hit The Floor – A-
  6. Easier To Run – A
  7. Faint – A-
  8. Figure.09 – B+
  9. Breaking The Habit – A-
  10. From The Inside – A+
  11. Nobody’s Listening – A
  12. Session – B+
  13. Numb – A+

Collision Course – 2004 – B+

  1. Dirt off Your Shoulder/Lying From You – B+
  2. Big Pimpin’/Papercut – B+
  3. Jigga What/Faint – B
  4. Numb/Encore – A-
  5. Izzo/In The End – B+
  6. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer – B

Minutes to Midnight – 2007 – A

  1. Wake – B-
  2. Given Up – B+
  3. Leave Out All The Rest – A+
  4. Bleed It Out – A-
  5. Shadow of The Day – A
  6. What I’ve Done – A+
  7. Hands Held High – A
  8. No More Sorrow – A-
  9. Valentine’s Day – B+
  10. In Between – B+
  11. In Pieces – B+
  12. The Little Things Give You Away – A-
  13. No Roads Left – A-

A Thousand Suns – 2010 – A-

  1. The Requiem – B
  2. The Radiance – B
  3. Burning In The Skies – A-
  4. Empty Spaces – C+
  5. When They Come For Me – A-
  6. Robot Boy – B
  7. Jornada del Muerto – B-
  8. Waiting For The End – A
  9. Blackout – B+
  10. Wretches And Kings – A-
  11. Wisdom, Justice And Love – A-
  12. Iridescent – A-
  13. Fallout – B-
  14. The Catalyst – A-
  15. The Messenger – A

Living Things – 2012 – A-

  1. Lost In The Echo – A-
  2. In My Remains – B+
  3. Burn It Down – B+
  4. Lies Greed Misery – B+
  5. I’ll Be Gone – B+
  6. Castle Of Glass – A-
  7. Victimized – B
  8. Roads Untravelled – A-
  9. Skin To Bone – A-
  10. Until It Breaks – B-
  11. Tinfoil – C+
  12. Powerless – A-

Recharged – 2013 – B

  1. A Light That Never Comes (Steve Aoki) – B+
  2. Castle Of Glass (Shinoda Remix) – B
  3. Lost In The Echo (KillSonik) – B
  4. Victimized (Shinoda Remix) – B+
  5. I’ll Be Gone (Vice) – B+
  6. Lies Greed Misery (Dirtyphonics) – B-
  7. Roads Untravelled (Rad Omen) – B
  8. Powerless (Esterno) – B
  9. Burn It Down (Tom Swoon) – B-
  10. Until It Breaks (Datsik) – B-
  11. Skin To Bone (Nick Catchdubs) – B
  12. Until It Breaks (Money Mark) – B-
  13. A Light That Never Comes (Rick Rubin) – B+

The Hunting Party – 2014 – A-

  1. Keys To The Kingdom – A-
  2. All For Nothing – A-
  3. Guilty All The Same – A-
  4. The Summoning – B
  5. War – B-
  6. Wastelands – B+
  7. Until It’s Gone – B+
  8. Rebellion – A-
  9. Mark The Graves – A-
  10. Drawbar – A-
  11. Final Masquerade – A
  12. A Line In The Sand – A

One More Light – 2017 – A-

  1. Nobody Can Save Me – A-
  2. Good Goodbye (feat. Pusha T & Stormzy) – B
  3. Talking to Myself – B+
  4. Battle Symphony – B+
  5. Invisible – B+
  6. Heavy (feat. Kiiara) – A-
  7. Sorry for Now – A-
  8. Halfway Right – A-
  9. One More Light – A+
  10. Sharp Edges – A

Other Notable Songs

  1. Blackbirds – A
  2. Darker Than Blood (Steve Aoki) – B+
  3. New Divide – A
  4. Not Alone – A-
  5. We Made It (Busta Rhymes) – A-

Notable Side Projects:

Dead By Sunrise (Chester Bennington):

  • Out of Ashes – 2009 – A
  1. Fire – A
  2. Crawl Back In – A
  3. Too Late – B+
  4. Inside of Me – A-
  5. Let Down – A
  6. Give Me Your Name – B+
  7. My Suffering – B+
  8. Condemned – B
  9. Into You – A
  10. End of the World – A-
  11. Walking In Circles – B+
  12. In The Darkness – A-

Fort Minor (Mike Shinoda):

  • The Rising Tied – 2005 – A-
  1. Introduction – B
  2. Remember The Name (w/ Styles of Beyond) – A
  3. Right Now (w/ Black Thought & Styles of Beyond) – A-
  4. Petrified – B
  5. Feel Like Home (w/ Styles of Beyond) – B
  6. Where’d You Go (w/ Holly Brook & Jonah Matranga) – A
  7. In Stereo – B
  8. Back Home (w/ Common & Styles of Beyond) – B
  9. Cigarettes – B+
  10. Believe Me (w/ Eric Bobo & Styles of Beyond) – A-
  11. Get Me Gone – A
  12. High Road (w/ John Legend) – A
  13. Kenji – A+
  14. Red To Black (w/ Kenna, Jonah Matranga & Styles of Beyond) – B
  15. The Battle (w/ Celph Titled) – B
  16. Slip Out The Back (w/ Mr. Hahn) – A-

Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic: Grades Coming Soon

Other Notable Songs (Not listed on official studio albums):

  • Morning After (Chester Bennington) – B+
  • Welcome (Fort Minor) – A-

2 thoughts on “Linkin Park: Song Grades

  1. I disagree with you on some songs (for example, I’d give Good Goodbye a C+ at most, and on the other hand Forgotten gets an A, if not A+ from me) but generally I agree with your ratings. And it’s good that you’re not one of those who hate everything done after Meteora and respect everything they’ve done, at least to some extent!

    1. Thank you for the nice comment! Yeah, I know that some people tend to dislike their newer albums, but I have always always always found something to love. It’s still my favorite band, and, at this point, they probably always will be.

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