Hybrid Theory

Warner Bros.
Release date
30 Apr 2002
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Papercut 3:04 774,330
2 One Step Closer 2:35 902,198
3 With You 3:22 567,753
4 Points of Authority 3:20 614,286
5 Crawling 3:28 849,653
6 Runaway 3:03 600,826
7 By Myself 3:09 534,300
8 In the End 3:35 1,240,923
9 A Place for My Head 3:03 501,055
10 Forgotten 3:13 508,040
11 Cure for the Itch 2:36 414,982
12 Pushing Me Away 3:11 540,945
13 My December 4:18 279,974
14 High Voltage 3:46 166,921
15 Papercut [Recorded Live At BBC1] 3:09 6,922

About this album

Hybrid Theory is the debut album by the American rock band Linkin Park, released on October 24, 2000 through Warner Bros. Records. The album was a huge commercial success, selling over 10 million units in the United States alone and peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 while also reaching high positions on other charts worldwide, despite receiving mixed reviews from publications. It has also sold 24 million copies worldwide as of 2009, including over 10 million in the U.S. which makes it the band’s best-selling album, the second best-selling album of the 21st century so far, and the second best selling debut album. It is also one of the few albums to be certified Diamond in the U.S. that was released in this century.

Recorded at NRG Recordings in North Hollywood, California, and produced by Don Gilmore, the album’s lyrical themes deal with problems lead vocalist Chester Bennington experienced during his adolescence, including drug abuse and the constant fighting and divorce of his parents. Hybrid Theory takes its title from the previous name of the band.

Four singles were released from the album: “One Step Closer”, “Papercut”, “In the End”, and the Grammy Award-winning “Crawling”, which along with “In the End” was responsible for launching Linkin Park into mainstream popularity. At the 2002 Grammy Awards, Hybrid Theory was nominated for Best Rock Album.

Hybrid Theory was released in the United States on October 24, 2000 following the debut of “One Step Closer” on the radio. It entered the U.S.

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