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Linkin Park: 12 Essential Songs

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

Linkin Park‘s music has long explored themes of alienation, inner demons and personal suffering, making the suicide of the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington an especially tragic and heavy loss. Bennington’s voice often sounded like the battle of dark and light, as he would shift suddenly from tender, subtle vulnerability to scorching, raspy screams. “Literally the most impressive talent I’ve seen live,” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram tribute to Bennington. “Vocal beast!” Here we revisit 12 key songs by the band that brought that voice to the world.

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“Heavy” feat. Kiiara (2017)

“I remember Chester walked in and it was, ‘Hey, how are you doing today?'” Mike Shinoda told Billboard of the writing session that spawned this heartfelt, downtempo pop track from their latest album, One More Light. “And he’s like, ‘Oh, I’m fine,’ and we were hanging out for a minutes and he was like, ‘Y’know what? I have to be honest. I’m not fine. I’m not OK. Too much stuff is just happening to me. I just feel underwater.'” The song, on which Bennington shares lead-vocal with pop singer Kiiara, hit Number 50 on the Hot 100.

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