In a 2013
interview with Manila station Monster Radio RX 93.1,
Chester Bennington described "Papercut" as "the identity of the band,"
and his all-time favorite Linkin Park song. The incendiary opening track
to their landmark debut, Hybrid Theory, "Papercut" set a
precedent for metal in the new millenium. "In the
beginning, my whole goal was to bring as much melody as I could to the
music," said Bennington. "The band was really, really good at doing the
hip-hop thing, and really good at writing rock music, but there hadn't
been a lot of melody [before] I joined. ... When
we got to that song, the chorus was so dope and the words behind it were
so cool, that I didn't need to do much melodically until we flipped it
up at the end. That was a lot of fun; I felt like that song really
captured what the vibe of the band's about."