Linkin Park: 12 Essential Songs

Revisit Chester Bennington & Co.'s key tracks, from rap-metal smashes to daring pop departures

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"The Catalyst" (2010)

"We wanted a track that represented where the album was going to be and how it was going to work, and this was really the track to do that," bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell told MTV News of the band's decision to release "The Catalyst" as the lead single from their 2010 LP, A Thousand Suns. "It's a risk, but [it's] worth it." he said. The song represents a clean break with the band's early-2000s sound, combining urgent synth-pop with an industrial edge reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails.

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