And One

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"And One"
Album-Hybrid Theory EP.jpg
Song by Hybrid Theory from the album Hybrid Theory EP
Working title And One
Recorded 1999
Released 1999
Format Digital, CD
Length 4:33
Writer Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon
Producer Mudrock, Mike Shinoda
Label Mix Media Entertainment

Hybrid Theory EP track listing
  1. Carousel
  2. Technique (Short)
  3. Step Up
  4. And One
  5. High Voltage
  6. Part Of Me
  7. Track 7

"And One" was one of three songs co-produced and mixed by Mudrock and Mike Shinoda for the Hybrid Theory EP. The song was written by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, and Rob Bourdon. Kyle Christener is credited for bass on the original EP but his name was removed from subsequent issues. This happened because his bass tracks weren't used in the EP.[1]


When performing the song live in 2000 and 2001, Linkin Park would mention that "And One" was the very first song they wrote with Chester.[2] Phoenix said that "And One" was a basketball reference - it was the working title of the track and it stuck. Joe replied that it was a shoe brand (spelled "AND1"), implying that was the origin of the song's title, as well as a basketball league.[3] During an interview to LPLive, Rob McDermott, the band's first manager, read the tracklist of an early Hybrid Theory EP which consisted of "Esaul", "Cure For Mr. Hahn's Itch", "High Voltage", "By Myself", "Kids", "And One" and "And Two". He explained that "And Two" was "the outro of it."[4]

After the original release of the EP, Linkin Park continued working on "And One" for inclusion on their debut studio album, Hybrid Theory, but it didn't make it to the final tracklist. The song appeared on two demo CDs, the Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo from January 2000 and Linkin Park - Demos From 02-2000 from February 2000. However, neither CD contains the version of the song that Linkin Park performed live (for more information, see "Live" below.) While "Carousel" and "Part Of Me" both went through changes on their studio versions, there is no evidence to date that Linkin Park ever recorded the "live version" of "And One" in studio.

The song was recorded in the studio sessions for the debut album. In Jeff Blue's book "One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park", he explained that recording for Hybrid Theory began on March 7, 2000 at NRG Studios. Rob's drum tracking began on March 14 and he tracked drums for "And One" that day.[5]


On March 24, 2020, Linkin Park (Mike, Dave, and Joe) reacted to the (previously unreleased) San Diego 2001 show stream on YouTube.[6] When the performance of "And One" happened, all three band members did not know the name of the song and spent the next few minutes guessing at what it could be. Due to Dave asking, "Is this Carousel?", the phrase instantly became a sensational meme for Linkin Park fans. Due to this, on April 20, 2020 when the individual songs were being uploaded to YouTube, Linkin Park promoted the "And One" video on social media by saying, "Is This Carousel? Head over to YouTube to find out."[7]


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
And One Hybrid Theory EP 4:33 1999 1999
And One Hybrid Theory EP (Re-Issue)

Songs From The Underground

A Decade Underground

Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

4:33 1999 November 19, 2001
  • Remastered. Sounds louder than the original release.
And One Demos

Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo

Linkin Park - Demos From 02-2000

4:29 1999
  • The first CD it appears dates from January 7, 2000.
  • Different mix.
  • Audio channels switched.
  • Released on LPFuse for free download on Christmas 2004.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
And One Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:39 January 30, 2001 October 9, 2020
And One Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 2:54 June 03, 2001 October 9, 2020


Being one of the band's oldest song, it is likely that the band performed this song during the time in which they were Hybrid Theory. During a Reddit AMA with Mike in August of 2014, he claimed: "We played those songs [from the Hybrid Theory EP] a ton when the band name was "Hybrid Theory," and once we had a whole album to play, those kinda just went away."[8] "And One" is on the earliest known setlists, being performed mid-set throughout 2000.

The live version of the song is different from the original. According to Brad, they took the outro and made it the bridge and pulled the rhythm tighter.[9] Mike has never rapped the ending verse to "And One" found on the studio recording live.

The song was dropped sometime mid-way through the Ridin' High Tour, only returning sporadically throughout 2001. It's final appearances were during Projekt Revolution 2002; it was dropped mid-way through the tour in favor of "It's Goin' Down", which was being rehearsed during soundchecks. The song was always performed mid-set.


Last Updated: August 12, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Wind Sample Intro August 8, 2000 February 5, 2002
Alternative Short Live Version August 8, 2000 February 5, 2002


  • Rob Bourdon
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Kyle Christner
  • Brad Delson
  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda


  • Produced and mixed by Mudrock and Mike Shinoda
  • Mastered by Pat Kraus