It’s been 5 years without Chester Bennington – Here are 5 of his best songs
It’s been five years without Chester Bennington.
While the pain of his death still resonates in the hearts of family and fans, there is much to celebrate in Bennington’s life. The Phoenix-born artist is best known for his role as the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park. Bennington also fronted rock supergroup Dead by Sunrise and Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015. Overall, through his many roles, Bennington delivered rock and metal music to the masses.
So, in honor of the acclaimed singer-songwriter, we’ve listed just five of his best songs, in no particular order.
“At the End” by Linkin Park
Starting strong is Linkin Park’s signature song, “In the End.” The song was originally released before Linkin Park’s debut studio album, Hybrid theory, and it became the first nu-metal song to reach one billion streams on Spotify. Bennington wrote the 2001 track along with fellow Linkin Park members Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Rob Bourdon.
“Numb/Encore” by Jay-Z and Linkin Park
“Numb/Encore” is an iconic mash-up of industry titans Linkin Park and Jay-Z through their songs “Numb” and “Encore,” respectively. As if that weren’t enough, Kanye West provided backing vocals on the track. Unsurprisingly, “Numb/Encore” won Best Rap/Singing Collaboration at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
“Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park
When it started/ I had nothing to sayBennington sings on “Somewhere I Belong”, And I dropped everything to find out / That I’m not the only one with these things on my mind. “Somewhere I Belong” enjoyed international success when it was released in early 2004. The track topped the Mainstream Rock chart and entered the top ten of several other music charts around the world.
“Crawl Back In” by Dead by Sunrise
The second track from Dead by Sunrise’s debut studio album, “Crawl Back In”, covers Bennington’s personal history with addiction, similar to themes from Linkin Park’s album. Hybrid theory. And, as Bennington explained in a 2009 interview“Crawl Back In” is “pure and simple rock stuff”.
“Let Down” from Dead by Sunrise
Another single from Dead by Sunrise’s studio album, of ashes, is the famous “Let Down”. This song was among the first tracks Bennington helped write for the band. Amir Davidson, Ryan Christopher Shuck and Anthony Valcic co-wrote the song.
“On a song like ‘Let Down’, which I really cared about, I really didn’t want that song to change. I didn’t want to go in and change the words, I didn’t want to change the vibe, and I knew that it would happen a lot in Linkin Park, so it was pretty easy to figure out,” Bennington told MTV of “Let Down” for Dead by Sunrise.