Leave Out All The Rest

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"Leave Out All The Rest"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Minutes To Midnight
Working title Fear/When My Time Comes
Recorded 2006-2007
Released July 14, 2008
Format CD, Digital
Length 03:29
Stems LPConcerts[1]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 80
Key A Minor
Live debut May 24, 2007
Last played October 27, 2017
June 30, 2016 (LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent)
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

Given Up (2008) Leave Out All The Rest (2008) We Made It (2008)

Minutes To Midnight track listing
  1. Wake
  2. Given Up
  3. Leave Out All The Rest
  4. Bleed It Out
  5. Shadow Of The Day
  6. What I've Done
  7. Hands Held High
  8. No More Sorrow
  9. Valentine's Day
  10. In Between
  11. In Pieces
  12. The Little Things Give You Away

"Leave Out All The Rest" is the third song on Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight. The track was released as the fifth and final single from the album on July 14, 2008. The song also appeared on the Twilight soundtrack, and during the end credits of the movie.


In a March 2007 article promoting the album, Brad said about the untitled song still going by two working titles "When My Time Comes" or "Leave Out All The Rest", "It's a really moody, almost electronic-based song. Lyrically, I can definitively say this is our strongest record, and in particular, this song I really connect to personally. I think it’s a really touching song."[2] The April 2007 issue of a French magazine published a track by track of Minutes To Midnight on which Chester said, "Mike wrote the main melody, the song itself is quite pop, but I think the fans will love it."[3] Some publications noted the song has a Ministry sound to it and Rob was asked if it was sampled, to which he answered, "No, that's a completely original song. I don't know if anyone in the band listens to that much Ministry. I think it's more of a coincidence that it sounds like that. But I've heard other people comment on that too, saying it sounds like Ministry."[4][5]

The booklet for the limited edition version of Minutes To Midnight revealed that the song remained largely unchanged throughout the album sessions, stating "The final version of this track is virtually the same as the first demo of the song. Very little changed between the first incarnation of the music, and the final version that appears on the album. The lyrics, however, were one place where the most work took place. The chorus of this song, working-titled “Fear,” went through over 30 lyric variations before arriving at this version."

Chester Bennington, in an issue of Kerrang!, talked about some of the meaning behind "Leave Out All The Rest", saying "We knew this was going to be a single from the very beginning, so we worked really hard on making sure it had some great lyrics. I'm singing 'Pretending someone else can save me from myself' during it because it's supposed to feel like an apology letter, as though I'm moving on but I want people to remember the good things and not the bad things. A lot of the song is about humility."[6][7] Mike Shinoda mentioned how he had grown attached to the song throughout the writing sessions for Minutes To Midnight, and Rick Rubin mentioned how he, like Bennington, knew that it would become a single.[8] In the Making Of Minutes To Midnight DVD, the band is shown considering "Leave Out All The Rest", or simply just "All The Rest", for the album's title.[9]

At the end of the Minutes To Midnight recording sessions, Linkin Park invited composer David Campbell back, who they previously worked with on Meteora, to add string arrangements to six songs, four of which made the album outright - "Leave Out All The Rest", "Shadow Of The Day", "Hands Held High", "The Little Things Give You Away", bonus track "No Roads Left", and outtake "Blackbirds". David Campbell, Mike, and Brad wrote the string arrangements, with David conducting the violin, viola, cello, and bass performances which are highlighted on the album's DVD.


Linkin Park released a demo for "Leave Out All The Rest" on the LP Underground 9: Demos album in November 2009, titled "Fear." Mike said about the demo, "The evolution from "fear" to LOATR was a pretty standard evolution, for us. Most of our songs start as one thing, then change as we work on them, until they sound right. Not that Fear is bad, it's just undercooked (to me). But there's a beauty in that undercooked-ness that we wanted you guys to hear. Nobody ever gets to hear it but us, usually."[10]

"Fear" is structured in the same way as "Leave Out All The Rest", with mostly gibberish and "scat" lyrics in the verses. The melody is the same as the final version of the song, but the demo just skips the second verse and chorus and goes straight from the first chorus to the bridge. Mike is on vocals for the entire duration of the song.


On the Japanese version of the "Leave Out All The Rest" single, a remix done by Mike Shinoda is included, officially titled on the CD as "L.O.A.T.R. (M. Shinoda Remix)." Parts of this remix were used as the introduction to LPTV episodes in 2009.

The intro to the song was redone in an 8-bit style and released as a ringtone in support of 8-Bit Rebellion!.


CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Leave Out All The Rest Linkin Park 3:19
2 In Pieces (Live From Projekt Revolution Washington DC, AUG 19 '07) Linkin Park 3:48
3 Leave Out All The Rest (Live From Projekt Revolution Detroit MI, AUG '07) Linkin Park 3:27
4 Leave Out All The Rest (Video) Linkin Park 3:25

Japanese CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Leave Out All The Rest Linkin Park 3:19
2 Leave Out All The Rest (Live From Projekt Revolution Detroit MI, AUG '07) Linkin Park 3:27
3 L.O.A.T.R (M. Shinoda Remix) Linkin Park 3:47
4 Leave Out All The Rest (Video) Linkin Park 3:25
5 Leave Out All The Rest (Live Video) Linkin Park 3:27

Live Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Leave Out All The Rest (Live Album Version Edit) Linkin Park 3:26
2 Leave Out All The Rest Linkin Park 3:19

iTunes EP

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Leave Out All The Rest Linkin Park 3:19
2 In Pieces (Live From Projekt Revolution Washington DC, AUG 19 '07) Linkin Park 3:47
3 Leave Out All The Rest (Live From Projekt Revolution Detroit MI, AUG '07) Linkin Park 3:26

Music Video

Linkin Park received numerous treatments for "Leave Out All The Rest" but didn't connect to any of them until they received an e-mail from Joe Hahn with his own treatment. They loved it because it was different from everything he'd done with the band. The video depicts a day in the life of Linkin Park as if they all lived in a futuristic artificial habitat that's making its way across the galaxy. Joe explained, "We're explorers in space, just like when we go on tour. We're leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into 'Leave Out All the Rest,' in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better." Shooting took place in mid-March 2008 in front of a green screen in a warehouse in Van Nuys, California.[8] The band worked with visual design studio Giantsteps to produce the original imagery for the video. Ryan Thompson, creative director & co-founder, said, "Our tenth project for director and music producer Joe Hahn loosely construes the social and technical challenges of NuMetal stardom against the backdrop of deep space, in this popular video inspired by the film Sunshine. Our original designs of an immersive data-space and approaching sun play prominent roles amidst many other graphic effects. The video (and of course single) have proven immensely popular."[11] Mike Shinoda later said this is one of his favorite videos Linkin Park have done.[12]

The release date was announced on May 30, 2008 via Linkin Park's MySpace page, "Linkin Park's next single off Minutes to Midnight will be "Leave Out All The Rest." The band recently shot a video for the song, which was directed by Joe Hahn, and will premiere Monday, June 2! Be sure to check out all your favorite video channels on Monday to see the new video. It's out of this world!" However, the video was published by MTV Nederland on the same day and made its way across the internet.[13] Due to the continued success of "Given Up" in Germany, Warner Bros. Records postponed the release in the country.[14]

A couple days after the official release, Mike revealed this was going to be the last single from Minutes To Midnight and asked fans to help them promote it.[15] LPUnderground members were asked to record a video introducing the new single in their native language and submit it until June 25. A license form for the videos was available for download on the fan club's website along with further details and instructions. The videos were included in the Linkin Park Network widget just before the making of "Leave Out All The Rest" video.[16]


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Leave Out All The Rest Minutes To Midnight 3:29 2006-2007 May 14, 2007
Leave Out All The Rest Leave Out All The Rest


Now: The Hits Of Summer 2009

3:19 2006-2007 July 14, 2008
  • Lacks the transition to "Bleed It Out".
Fear ("Leave Out All The Rest" Demo 2006) LP Underground 9.0: Demos 2:49 2006 November 23, 2009
  • Demo version.
  • Mike on vocals.
  • Different lyrics.
  • Features rap vocals.
  • Includes scat lyrics.
Leave Out All The Rest Minutes To Midnight Instrumentals 3:31 2006-2007
  • The CD dates from May 24, 2007.
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
L.O.A.T.R. (M. Shinoda Remix) Leave Out All The Rest (JP EP) 3:45 November 26, 2008
  • Remix by Mike Shinoda.
  • Renamed to "L.O.A.T.R. (Mike Shinoda Remix)" in 2022.
Leave Out All The Rest (8 Bit Rebellion Version) 8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones 0:30 2010 April 17, 2010
  • 8-bit version.
  • Intro only.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Leave Out All The Rest (Live From Projekt Revolution, Detroit MI, Aug. 22 '07) Leave Out All The Rest

Champs Sports USB Wristband

3:26 August 22, 2007 July 14, 2008
  • MP3 128kbps file titled "Leave Out All The Rest (Live-Detroit)" in the USB Wristband.
Leave Out All The Rest Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 3:23 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Leave Out All The Rest Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes CD Sampler

Leave Out All The Rest (JP EP)

Leave Out All The Rest (Live At Milton Keynes)

Twilight (Special Edition DVD)

3:26 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Live music video version.
  • More crowd at the beginning.
  • Fade in and fade out added.
  • Audio released on the promo single.
  • Video released on the Japanese single and Twilight DVD.
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Leave Out All The Rest (Live From Frankfurt, 2008) Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World 3:22 January 20, 2008 June 12, 2012
LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany June 05, 2012 March 29, 2013
Leave Out All The Rest One More Light Live 4:50 July 4, 2017 December 15, 2017


"Leave Out All The Rest" was a key part of setlists in the Minutes To Midnight era. During live performances, Phoenix contributed electric guitar instead of bass, a first for him. Mike said he does it to cover the low end sound on the song live, so it doesn't require live bass. The song debuted on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour, where it was sandwiched between "From The Inside" and "Numb" in the middle of the set. When the band introduced rotating sets, "Leave Out All The Rest" was only featured in Set C. At the second night in Melbourne, Australia, Chester broke his wrist during the beginning of "Papercut", so after the band performed "Leave Out All The Rest", Chester went to get it check out backstage. While he did so, the band performed a short instrumental jam after the song. The song experienced the same generosity in 2008, with it only being part of Set R of the three new sets on the first Minutes To Midnight European Tour. The song finally got more attention on the second Minutes To Midnight European Tour of 2008, where it was featured in all three setlists: it's typical position in Set X, mid-set after "Points Of Authority" in Set Y, and late-set after "Crawling" in Set Z. The song retained these positions for the rest of the year.

The song was initially not part of the setlists at the beginning of the A Thousand Suns touring cycle. After reading a thread on LPLive about the lack of changing setlists on the tour, the band added "Lying From You" and "Leave Out All The Rest" into the setlists unrehearsed, replacing "Papercut" and "The Messenger" respectively. This first began mid-tour in Köln, Germany, and alternated every other show. This was the first time that the song had been featured in the encore. The song made it into Set B on the A Thousand Suns Australian Tour, where it segued out of the extended outro of "Numb", but was replaced by "Burning In The Skies" at the second performance of Set B. "Leave Out All The Rest" was performed only once in 2011, at the show in Detroit, Michigan on the A Thousand Suns North American Tour.

The song returned in 2012, on the Living Things touring cycle, but in a new light. It was the first part of the newly introduced "LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent" medley, which was performed in the same spot in the setlists (after "Breaking The Habit") throughout the entire touring cycle. At the 7th LPU Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, a potential rehearsal setlist was found, which featured the studio version of "Leave Out All The Rest", however, the song was not played in that form. At the band's Concert For The Philipinnes event in early 2014, The Filharmonic from the show "Sing Off" joined the band for the "Iridescent" portion of the medley. A different medley was performed in March 2014, at the band's honoring at the UCLA Evening of Environmental Excellence - instead of featuring "Iridescent" at the end, the band took the Ballad Medley and replaced that portion of the song with "What I've Done".

The Ballad Medley remained as part of the setlists on The Hunting Party touring cycle, always being played after the Experience Version of "Castle Of Glass". On The Hunting Party European Tour at the end of the year, as well as the shortlived The Hunting Party North American Tour in 2015, Aaron Pauley from Of Mice & Men began joining the band for the "Iridescent" portion of the Ballad Medley near the end of the European Tour, beginning in Manchester, England.

The full band version of "Leave Out All The Rest" finally returned on the One More Light Tour, where the band performed a new version of the song. Dubbed the 2017 Version, it began with a piano intro with Mike singing the chorus, leading into a full band jam with Brad performing a new guitar part that mirrored the chorus melody. During the final chorus, the guitar followed the vocal melodies, and Chester would repeat "leave out all the rest" three times before the final verse of the song. It was always performed after the piano version of "Crawling." When the band performed the song at the Hollywood Bowl tribute show, the 2017 Version was performed with Gavin Rossdale from Bush and a live orchestra.

After the Post Traumatic cycle came to a close, Mike posted a picture of one of his pieces of gear he uses to trigger parts of songs on Instagram. One of the buttons was labeled "LOATR", indicating he considering playing the song on tour but chose not to.[18]


Last Updated: August 25, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro Post-song Instrumental Jam October 15, 2007 October 15, 2007
Alternative Ballad Medley (LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent) May 18, 2012 November 14, 2015
Alternative 2017 Version May 6, 2017 October 27, 2017

Live Guests

Last Updated: August 25, 2018

  • Gavin Rossdale (Bush)



  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Brad Delson
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Rob Bourdon


  • Arrangements: David Campbell, Mike Shinoda, and Brad Delson
  • Conducting: David Campbell
  • Violin: Charlie Bisharat, Mario DeLeon, Armen Garabedian, Julian Hallmark, Gerry Hilera, Songa Lee-Kitto, Natalie Leggett, Josefina Vergara, and Sara Parkins
  • Viola: Matt Funes and Andrew Picken
  • Cello: Larry Corbett and Suzie Katayama
  • Bass: Oscar Hidalgo

Track 1

  • Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
  • Mixed by Neal Avron
  • Mastered by Dave Collins
  • Worldwide Representation: Rob McDermott, Jordan Berliant, The Collective
  • Management Team: Ryan DeMarti, Trish Evangelista
  • From The Warner Bros. / Machine Shop Recordings Album Minutes To Midnight
  • Art Direction & Design: Frank Maddocks

Track 2

  • Recorded and Mixed by Ken "Pooch" Van Druten
  • Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner

Track 3

  • Remix by Mike Shinoda

Track 4

  • Directed by Joe Hahn

Track 5

  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes, June 29, 2008
  • Directed by Blue Leach
  • Produced by Emer Patten



In Other Media

  • "Leave Out All The Rest" is featured in the 2008 film Twilight and was included in its soundtrack album.
  • "Leave Out All The Rest" is featured in the 5th episode of Season 9 of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, titled "Leave Out All The Rest".[19]

Cover Versions

American pop rock band Boyce Avenue recorded an acoustic version of "Leave Out All The Rest" for their Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 1 EP which was released in 2008. The track is exclusive to the iTunes version of the EP.[20]

Boston-based alternative rock band Major Moment released a cover of "Leave Out All The Rest" on July 20, 2018 as a tribute to Chester Bennington. The track was mastered and engineered by Adam Ayan, who also mastered Linkin Park's Live In Texas. All the proceeds from the single were donated to 320 Changes Direction, a charity founded by Chester’s wife Talinda to spread awareness about mental health and depression.[21] Vocalist Andrey Borzykin said, "Being a lifelong fan of Linkin Park, I wanted to pay a tribute to Chester, who was and still is my inspiration, my role model as a vocalist, performer, and a kind person. His voice has been with me through some dark moments in life, heartbreaks, failures, but also helped me to find that one person who I consider a perfect woman and who I love endlessly. I had an instant vision of how this song should go, I wanted to add some more dynamics to it and perform this song in the most respectful way possible."[22]

Other Uses

  • This song was sampled by Porta in the song "Falsa Esperanza" on the album En boca de tantos released in 2007.
  • This song was sampled by Chuckie Akenz in the song "Who You Are" on the album From The Beginning released in 2009.

External Links


  1. Linkin Park Offering Free College Concert In Latest Contest - Blabbermouth.net, March 17, 2008
  2. Reuters: Clock strikes "Midnight" for Linkin Park album, March 6, 2007
  3. LPRussia.com ~ Первый о Linkin Park ~ wap.LPRussia.com, April 22, 2007
  4. LiveDaily Interview: Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park >> Tour dates and concert ticket info >> LiveDaily, July 19, 2007
  5. The Linkin Park Times - Interviews & Articles, July 19, 2007
  6. Kerrang!, April 2007
  7. The Linkin Park Times - Interviews & Articles, April 4, 2007
  8. 8.0 8.1 Linkin Park Space Out For 'Leave Out All The Rest' Video, Eye July Start For Projekt Revolution Tour - MTV, March 21, 2008
  9. The Making of Minutes to Midnight (Minutes to Midnight DVD) - Linkin Park - YouTube, May 15, 2021
  10. LPU9TranscriptMike, December 09, 2009
  11. Linkin Park, "Leave Out All The Rest" Joe Hahn | Radical Media - Giantsteps | A Brand of Vision
  12. Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "My other favorites were probably “Waiting For The End” and “Leave Out All The Rest,” directed by @joehahnLP ❤️🤙🏽🔥" ., February 16, 2018
  13. Leave Out All the Rest Video Premiere | LP Association Forums, May 30, 2008
  14. Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest Live in München - YouTube, August 04, 2009
  15. OFFICIAL LINKIN PARK MESSAGE BOARD - View Single Post - Leave Out All The Rest -- Last Single, June 04, 2008
  16. The Linkin Park Times, June 2008
  17. Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest (2008) | IMVDb
  18. Mike Shinoda on Instagram, December 2019
  19. REMINDER: "Leave Out All The Rest" CSI Episode Airs Tonight | LP Association Forums, November 07, 2008
  20. Acoustic Sessions, Vol. 1 by Boyce Avenue on Apple Music
  21. New Single Review: Major Moment – “Leave Out All The Rest” (A Tribute To Chester Bennington) - The Campaign to Change Direction, August 14, 2018
  22. Major Moment Shares Chester Bennington Tribute, "Leave Out All the Rest", August 02, 2018