"Burn It Down" (2012)
"Burn It Down" opens in a haze, its whirring synths eventually coming together into a heavily processed keyboard line that recalls a gauze-swaddled inversion of the riff powering 2000's "In the End." The album it introduced, the Rick Rubin-produced Living Things, was, in some ways, a back-to-basics shift from the heady concepts and genre-melding sprawl of its 2010 predecessor A Thousand Suns. "In the past, we've consciously steered away from what we'd done before, but here, the energy is clearly similar to Hybrid Theory," Bennington told Rolling Stone in 2012. But the subtler textures and Bennington's passionate, yet minutely calibrated vocal on "Burn It Down" were a signal of how much the band had grown as musicians since they crash-landed into rock's mainstream nearly 12 years earlier.