A Thousand Suns

Global Music IND
Release date
8 Sep 2010
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Requiem 2:01 165,258
2 The Radiance 0:57 155,388
3 Burning in the Skies 4:13 202,435
4 Empty Spaces 0:18 6,005
5 When They Come for Me 4:55 163,088
6 Robot Boy 4:29 156,178
7 Jornada del Muerto 1:35 144,206
8 Waiting for the End 3:52 260,369
9 Blackout 4:39 162,272
10 Wretches and Kings 4:15 99,330
11 Wisdom, Justice, and Love 1:38 135,646
12 Iridescent 4:57 212,023
13 Fallout 1:23 134,773
14 The Catalyst 4:40 251,444
15 The Messenger 3:01 146,371
16 Blackbirds (From the 8-Bit Rebellion! App) 3:21 6,435

About this album

A Thousand Suns is the fourth studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released on September 8, 2010, under Warner Bros. Records. The album was written by the band, while production was handled by Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin who previously worked together to produce the band’s third studio album Minutes to Midnight (2007). Recording sessions for the album took place at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, California from 2008 until early 2010.

A Thousand Suns is a multi-concept album dealing with human fears such as nuclear warfare. The band has acknowledged that the album is a drastic departure from their previous work, as they experimented on different and new sounds for A Thousand Suns. Shinoda stated in an interview with MTV that the album references numerous social issues, as well as blending human ideas with technology. The album’s title comes from the Hindu Sanskrit scripture, the Bhagavad Gita: “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one,” a quote made famous by J. Robert Oppenheimer in reference to the atomic bomb, which references the numerous apocalyptic themes of the album.

The lead single for the album, “The Catalyst”, was sent to radio and released to digital music retailers on August 2, 2010.

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  • Stefunal

    By far most interesting LP album to date.

    27 Apr 3:53pm Reply
  • DDevilized

    can't believe people are actually retroactively praising this

    22 Jan 8:52pm Reply
  • Jastroke

    One of the greatest albums EVER

    18 Jan 8:55am Reply
  • MysticShit

    This has really grown on me. I was one of those fans that pretty much disliked everything Minutes To Midnight onwards so whilst this isn't my favourite of Linkin Park's i think it's a pretty good listen and I like the theme running through it.

    12 Jan 12:56pm Reply
  • LightningSpike

    its really frustrating knowing that LP will probably never write an album this good again

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • niqart

    Как вообще после таких песен как Wretches and Kings и Waiting for the End у вас хватает ума называть этот альбом слабым??? Вы в своем уме???

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • niqart

    Наше рассейское быдло этот альбом не восприняло. Им подавай тупо позерский рокешник. Этот альбом у них самый интересный и наиболее электронный - тут они постарались быть нестандартными.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • niqart

    Their 3rd Best album without doubt.

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
  • JulsRokker

    I personally think this album fits perfectly on social movements, wars, pollution, bad leaders, fascism and all the problems of humanity, this give me chills whenever i listen to because it raises the real situation with introductions and makes you think and make sense about everything. It's brilliant.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • naboo

    My favorite album by LP behind Hybrid Theory and Meteora. Too bad that the follow-ups aren't so good. The concept is great and everything fits wonderful. I think it's their most experimental album to date. I wish they would do something like that in the future. <3 <3 <3

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • SoggyCrackers

    Their best.

    1 Oct 2014 Reply
  • lucaslups

    Their worst.

    28 Sep 2014 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    All the tracks individually are nothing special, but when combined into the album it's incredible. The atmosphere is perfect. [2] Couldn't have said it better. That's what make it different than the rest of LP albums.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • SoccerZocker

    What a great album!

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • thejepco

    Cuando salió casi lo odié. Ahora me gusta mucho.

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Mr_Sandrik

    Really, their strongest and most atmospheric work.

    22 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jonnammoi

    Waiting For The End and Iridescent are the best songs on this album ♥

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • M4rc0_52

    After Minutes To Midnight I was hoping the new record is a bit heavier. When I first listened to this album I was absolutely horrified. Today I think there are a few songs that are actually quite well but overall I still can't handle this record. Only album by this band that I actually hate. So glad the new record offers more guitars (just my opionion).

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Yomasala

    so post apocalyptic ♫

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • spiderone27

    Still the strongest LP album [2]

    6 May 2014 Reply
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