Hybrid Theory

Warner Bros.
Release date
30 Apr 2002
Running length
15 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Papercut 3:04 758,143
2 One Step Closer 2:35 882,701
3 With You 3:22 557,167
4 Points of Authority 3:20 603,023
5 Crawling 3:28 833,256
6 Runaway 3:03 590,514
7 By Myself 3:09 524,720
8 In the End 3:35 1,204,202
9 A Place for My Head 3:03 490,256
10 Forgotten 3:13 499,240
11 Cure for the Itch 2:36 407,736
12 Pushing Me Away 3:11 531,629
13 My December 4:18 272,342
14 High Voltage 3:46 162,157
15 Papercut [Recorded Live At BBC1] 3:09 6,798

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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  • Newborn_Bantam

    I remember discovering this album on a 5 hour school coach trip, and listening to it on loop the whole way. Good times

    22 Nov 12:42pm Reply
  • lxlmandudelxl

    Masterpiece [6] they will never make a better album

    8 Nov 2:21am Reply
  • Plaza_Trinidad

    Ну, конечно!

    1 Nov 7:49pm Reply
  • NiterOwl

    Лучший альбом у Линков.

    6 Oct 1:07pm Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Masterpiece [5] One of the best album from 00's era.

    1 Sep 8:16am Reply
  • My_Sharona

    Such a big part of my teenage years. I miss those days ♥

    25 Aug 7:23am Reply
  • Iris_Croatica

    Masterpiece [4] Playing the audio tape over and over again, and rewinding With you a dozen times before moving on... The only album ever where I had memorized the order of the songs, and listened it so much that even my mom knew all the songs and their order. Oh, sweet memories... :')

    21 Aug 11:10am Reply
  • Dusk2099

    this and meteora i guess, basically just the nu-metal stuff

    3 Aug 3:47am Reply
  • Dusk2099

    i wonder how they feel knowing that this is all a sizable amount of their fanbase cares about

    3 Aug 3:46am Reply
  • UpTheIrons06

    Still their best album. By far.

    1 Aug 7:12am Reply
  • Unsatisfaction

    Essential influence.

    23 Jul 7:55pm Reply
  • MetalHammerz

    Released on October 24, 2000! Why Apr 30 2002??? :D

    8 Jul 8:20pm Reply
  • eitzenchemical

    all these teenage 'angsty' years, high-school sympathies between boys & girls, feeling of total freedom. that was a perfect soundtrack for many of us. Thank you, Linkin Park.

    25 Jun 6:44am Reply
  • bugo88

    Masterpiece [3]

    16 Jun 6:10pm Reply
  • Alternative93

    Masterpiece [2]

    11 Jun 12:08pm Reply
  • Venom034

    Incredible from start to finish

    31 May 6:38am Reply
  • EvanFlannagan

    My first serious music album. [3]

    16 May 2:46pm Reply
  • IRL174099

    I Listened to HT from 2000 to 2002-2003 I think... it's the first time in almost 12 years I listened to the full album, great memories!!

    29 Apr 2:08am Reply
  • ChrisFallout

    Such an amazing masterpiece.

    25 Mar 3:14am Reply
  • MetalHammerz

    I'm 27, been listening to this since I was 14.

    9 Mar 10:20am Reply
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