In The End
|"In The End"|
|Single by Linkin Park|
|from the album Hybrid Theory|
|B-side||Step Up, My December, High Voltage|
|Released||October 9, 2001|
|Stems||Rock Band 3 (DLC)|
|Last played||November 14, 2015|
|Writer(s)||Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon|
|Linkin Park singles chronology|
"In The End" is the eighth song from the album Hybrid Theory. It was released as the fourth and final single from the album on October 9, 2001, and also became one of their most successful. It's popularity as made it one of the most recognizable songs of the decade, in part thanks to the infectious key intro and the flowing tradeoffs between Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington in the verses. It is described by the band as a "pure pop song."
- 1 Background
- 2 Tracklist
- 3 Music Video
- 4 Versions
- 5 Live
- 6 Promotion
- 7 Awards and Nominations
- 8 Personnel
- 9 Lyrics
- 10 Gallery
- 11 In Other Media
- 12 Cover Versions
- 13 Other Uses
- 14 External Links
- 15 References
"In The End" was originally called "Untitled", which was a name the band liked, but decided to change after R&B and Neo Soul singer D'Angelo released a single called "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" in early 2000.
A demo version of the song was released on the LP Underground Eleven CD. Mike Shinoda wrote on the booklet: "These were the original verse lyrics that I wrote for this song, and the original melody in the bridge. I remember putting this together in our rehearsal studio on Hollywood and Vine, working overnight in a room with no windows. I had no idea what time of day it was; I just slept when I was tired, and worked on this song until it took shape. The first guy to hear it was Rob, who told me (I'm paraphrasing) that this was "exactly the kind of song he wanted us to write.""
In an interview with the fan site Linkin Park Web, Mike's answer to what's his favorite Linkin Park song was, "I like “Papercut” because it has a lot of energy and generally sums up our style pretty well. I know that Rob (our drummer) likes “In the End” a lot though he says that one day he was thinking how much he wanted a song that was really true about some aspect of life. And then, the very next day, I played him the beginnings of what I wrote on that song, which included the piano and the chorus, and Rob said it was exactly what he had been thinking and he had never even told me he had been thinking it."
However, Chester Bennington revealed to VMusic on August 12, 2012 that he didn't like the song at first: "I don't really participate in picking singles. I learnt that after making Hybrid Theory. I was never a fan of 'In The End' and I didn't even want it to be on the record, honestly. How wrong could I have possibly been? I basically decided at that point I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about, so I leave that to other people who are actually talented at somehow picking songs that people are going to like the most. It also gave me a good lesson, as an artist, that I don't necessarily have to only make music, in my band, that I want to listen to. More often than not, something that I like, very few other people like, and something that those people like is something that I kind of like, or don't like at all. And that's cool, it gives me a new appreciation for the songs. But, you know, now I love 'In The End' and I think it's such a great song. I actually see how good of a song it is, it was just hard for me to see it at the time." Now he says "In The End" is a good song that stands the test of time.
Still in the interview to Linkin Park Web, Mike explained how the song came together: "We try not to follow a pattern too much. But I can tell you about a specific song. On “In the End” (since we were talking about it already) I came up with the piano and the chorus music and chorus lyrics. Then Brad came up with the guitar in the verse and we worked on the bassline and composition. From there, I think everybody in the band began chipping in and adding their parts and critiquing each other’s parts. And right before we went into the studio to record it, we scrapped the beat I had originally written for the verse, and had Rob do a new one, which is the one that we recorded."
In October 2000, Mike Shinoda spoke to ShoutWeb about Brad Delson's guitar playing during the song: "He plays full melodies that are only harmonics on his clean guitar that sounds like a keyboard or sounds like a harp or sounds like bells. People have said that it sounds like a hundred different things and they're always thinking that it's not guitar and it is. The whole verse for "In The End" is harmonics. That high-pitched noise is Brad playing."
In 2001, he would talk about the song on ShoutWeb again, but this time, about the lyrics “I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter..”: "Those just popped out. I think I was reacting to the things we as a band had gone through in the beginning. The song almost doesn’t know if it wants to be optimistic or pessimistic – the beginning is a little dark, but you can’t tell (lyrically) if it resolves or not. That’s what I like about it."
CD Single 1
|1||In The End||Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike||3:38|
|2||In The End (Live BBC Radio One)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:28|
|3||Points Of Authority (Live at Docklands Arena, London)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:31|
|4||In The End (Video)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:36|
CD Single 2
|1||In The End||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:38|
|2||A Place For My Head (Live at Docklands Arena, London)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:31|
|3||Step Up (1999 Demo)||Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:54|
Japanese EP Single
|1||In The End||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:36|
|2||Papercut (Live at Docklands Arena, London)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:11|
|3||Points Of Authority (Live at Docklands Arena, London)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:26|
|4||A Place For My Head (Live at Docklands Arena, London)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:10|
|5||Step Up (1999 Demo)||Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:55|
|6||My December||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||4:21|
|7||High Voltage||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:45|
|1||In The End||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:37|
|2||Crawling (Video)||Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda||3:38|
|3||The Linkin Park Sound (Interview)||0:30|
|4||The Album/Live Sound (Interview)||0:30|
|5||The Band/The Album (Interview)||0:30|
|6||Goals/The Band (Interview)||0:30|
The "In The End" music video was co-directed by Nathan "Karma" Cox and Joe Hahn and was filmed on a sound stage in Los Angeles during a break from Ozzfest in July 2001. The band worked again with the production company Anonymous Content. Vance Burberry was director of photography.
Nathan Cox said it took nearly three months to convince Warner Bros. Records to let them do the video the way they wanted.
"We were successful enough that we didn’t have to do a performance video with skateboard kids running around, even though that’s what the label wanted. It was kind of a battle to get this video made." Joe told MTV.
Despite this, the label still had a problem about the initial concept:
"Originally, the label thought it was a too light. They wanted me to give it some teeth. So I created the rain scenario and the cycle of life that would go ugly for a while and these thorns that would come out of the ground and the label eventually bought it and dug what we were doing." Said Nathan.
Nathan Cox installed rain piping over the set, where the band filmed for over six hours with wind blowing on them. To keep the mood on the set light, he invited a friend who is in a bluegrass band and a guy with a banjo to play a couple of Linkin Park songs in the sound stage. This can be seen on the Frat Party At The Pankake Festival DVD. A live audio recording of Bryson Jones And The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo All-Star Band playing "Crawling" was included on the DVD.
Nathan Cox jokingly said the only criticism he received regarding the video was because of Joe's CGI flying whale, which people didn't understand. About the whale and the overall meaning behind the video, Joe said:
"It’s not like I pulled it out of my ass. It made sense to me. It’s more of an elemental thing. Where when you think of a whale you associate it with water, but it’s a contrast to the environment, ’cause there’s no water in the environment. So it was basically a way to visually connect the ground to the sky to the tower, where we were. When you hear the song, there’s basically a cycle going on in the song. And that’s what is going on in the video, there’s a life cycle taking place from the environment that’s desolate, it’s all dry, and basically goes from that point of there being nothing to the end, where a whole evolution takes place."
"The song could be taken in a negative context, this dismal kind of thing, ’I tried so hard and got so far/ But in the end it doesn’t even matter.’ It had this positive tone, but the words were really negative. So the world that they start in is dismal, desert, emptiness, and it starts to rain and then the world becomes a beautiful place."
Production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, who worked on Dark City, Independence Day and Godzilla, built the set and had the idea to design the building in the shape of woman and to have the band perform on the crown.
On the set, there were little stairways with a ledge from which Nathan Cox wanted Brad to jump off. It took Brad three tries until he could land it right and he ended up hurting his foot.
According to Mike Shinoda, the video was inspired by the anime film Princess Mononoke.
The symbols on the door at the beginning of the video are actually letters from the Mason alphabet.
The music video won the award for "Best Rock Video" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|In The End|| Hybrid Theory
Nu Metal 2
Now That's What I Call Music! Best Of 2000-2009
|3:36||2000||October 24, 2000|
|In The End (Demo)||Linkin Park Underground Eleven||3:52||1999||November 15, 2011||
|The Untitled||Studio Finals 5/7/00||3:34||2000||
|In The End||Hybrid Theory - Instrumentals||3:38||2000||
Note: KIIS FM have played a shortened version of "In The End" in 2015 with shorter intro, no 2nd verse, no 2nd chorus, and shorter outro but we chose not to list it because it was probably self made by this particular radio station.
|Enth E Nd|| Reanimation
|4:00||2001||July 30, 2002||
|Enth E Nd (Album Version)||Enth E Nd / Frgt/10||4:05||2001||2002||
|Enth E Nd||"Reanimation" Internal Demo||4:03||2001||
|Izzo/In The End||Collision Course||2:44||2004||November 30, 2004||
|In The End (Verse) (8 Bit Rebellion Version)||8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones||0:31||2010||April 17, 2010||
|In The End (Chorus) (8 Bit Rebellion Version)||8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones||0:30||2010||April 17, 2010||
|In The End (8-Bit)||8-Bit Rebellion!||2:16||2010||April 26, 2010||
|Enth E Nd (Instrumental)||Enth E Nd / Frgt/10||4:02||2001||2002|
|In The End (Live BBC Radio One)||In The End (CD 1)||3:25||January 12, 2001||October 9, 2001||
|In The End / One Step Closer (Live)||World Premiere Of Meteora: Wiltern 3-24-03||9:21||March 03, 2003||
|In The End||Live In Texas||3:31||August 02, 2003||November 18, 2003||
|Izzo/In The End||Collision Course||July 18, 2004||November 30, 2004||
|In The End||Live 8 - One Day One Concert One World||July 02, 2005||November 4, 2005||
|In The End||LP Underground 7.0||3:43||August 21, 2007||December 5, 2007||
|In The End||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes||3:50||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|In The End (Live From Soundcheck)||Compilation||3:31||March, 2007||
|In The End (Live In Madrid)||A Thousand Suns: Puerta De Alcalá||3:48||November 07, 2010||January 25, 2011|
|In The End||Live In Madrid||3:28||November 07, 2010||April 1, 2011||
|In The End||Live In Red Square||3:51||June 23, 2011||July 21, 2011||
|In The End (Live)|| Burn It Down
Living Things (AU Tour Edition)
|3:39||July 04, 2011||May 18, 2012||
|In The End (Live From Melbourne, 2010)||Hybrid Theory - Live Around The World||3:33||December 13, 2010||May 31, 2012|
|In The End||Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany||June 05, 2012||March 29, 2013||
|In The End||Live In Monterrey||September 12, 2012||June 13, 2014||
|In The End (Live At Download Festival 2014)||Hybrid Theory - Live At Download Festival 2014||3:39||June 14, 2014||August 12, 2014||
"In The End" has been a staple in Linkin Park setlists since the beginning of their live career. Throughout the Hybrid Theory touring cycle, it often found a position late in the mid-set. The song did not see many extensive changes throughout 2000, remaining in the general same position throughout the year. On a few occasions, Chester would refer to the song by its working title, "Untitled". Beginning in 2001, Chester began to sing a brief vocal outro to the song as it concluded, singing "It doesn't matter... no, no..." over the ending samples. The song continued to be performed at a position late in the middle of the set, often the third- or fourth-to-last song in the show. When the band began to utilize an encore break in mid-2001, "In The End" would usually featured as the second-to-last song in the main set, before "A Place For My Head". Beginning on the Ozzfest, "In The End" was preceded by a guitar intro by Brad. This continued for the better part of the year, until the last show of the year. On the Hybrid Theory European Tour, "In The End" was moved down further in the set before the encore, accompanying a more mid-set position than typical of the song. At the second performance at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, "In The End" was performed acoustically for the first (and only) time. In 2002, the song more or less retained the mid-set position it had on the Hybrid Theory European Tour, with the guitar intro being dropped by this point.
The song returned in a big way on the Meteora touring cycle. Throughout the first half of the year, it served as the closing song of the main set. On Metallica's "Summer Sanitarium" Tour, "In The End" was performed as the third-to-last song in the set, since these shows lacked an encore break. When the Meteora European Tour kicked up, the encore break returned and "In The End" remained as the closing song of the main set. After the Meteora Australian and Asian Tour ended, "In The End" gained a new extended short ambient intro that preceded the song. The song continued to serve as the main set closer in 2004, until the second show on the Meteora International Tour, at the Download Festival, where "A Place For My Head" took the spot as the main set closer instead, pushing "In The End" back one spot. This continued for the remainder of 2004. Beginning in 2004, Brad began to play the harmonics of the intro for "Pushing Me Away" during the second verse of "In The End" sporadically. In July of 2004, "In The End" was performed as its Collision Course counterpart, "Izzo/In The End" with Jay-Z. At the first show in 2005, the Music For Relief: Rebuilding South Asia benefit, "Izzo/In The End" was performed again with Jay-Z. The second show of 2005, Live 8: Philadelphia, featured the studio version of "In The End" being performed, even though Jay-Z still came of during the second half of the set. Fort Minor performed the Reanimation version of the song, "Enth E ND" during their live shows, with Chester even acting as a special guest at the Summer Sonic 2006 shows. During these shows for Linkin Park's sets, the regular version of "In The End" (which featured its short ambient intro from 2003 and 2004) was performed as the second-to-last song in the main set, before "One Step Closer".
As the Minutes To Midnight World Tour kicked up, "In The End" returned full force. On the Minutes To Midnight Promo Tour, "In The End" was performed in the encore for the first time, opening it before "Faint" closed the show. "In The End" moved back to the main set on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour, where it was the third-to-last song. The band introduced three new setlists on Projekt Revolution 2007, where "In The End" saw a little movement amongst the three sets. Set A had the song as the second song in the encore, and in both Set B and Set C, the song was featured as the second-to-last in the main set. In the unofficial Set D, "In The End" was the third-to-last song in the main set. It remained in this positions for the rest of 2007. The band introduced another three new setlists to kick off 2008, where "In The End" was the second-to-last of the main set in Set R and Set T, and third-to-last before "A Place For My Head" in Set S. On the second Minutes To Midnight European Tour of 2008, the band introduced another three sets, where "In The End" was second-to-last in the main set for all three. On the Projekt Revolution 2008 iterations of these sets, "In The End" remained in the same positions in all sets except Set X, where it closed the main set instead. In 2009, the song remained as the second-to-last song in the main sets.
On the A Thousand Suns World Tour, "In The End" became a consistent encore song. For the first leg of the tour, the A Thousand Suns South American Tour, "In The End" was the second-to-last song in the encore. It moved down a slot when "Bleed It Out" was moved up from the main set to the last position in the encore on the A Thousand Suns European Tour. In Set B-1 (which did not appear until the very end of the tour), "In The End" was moved down to the second-to-last song of the main set. These positions in Set A and Set B stayed consistent for the rest of 2010. In 2011, the song remained in its positions in Set A and Set B, and was in the same position as it was in Set A in the new set, Set C: third-to-last in the encore. In Set C-6, the song was second-to-last in the encore. On the A Thousand Suns European Tour, the song remained in the general positions from the past three sets. In the two new sets, the song was the third-to-last song in Set D, and third-to-last in the encore in Set E. This was consistent for the rest of the A Thousand Suns tour.
"In The End" continued to be performed in the encores of the Living Things cycle. On the first European Tour, "In The End" found its way into the encore of the headlining set, and the fourth-to-last position in the festival set. On the Honda Civic Tour, three new setlists debuted that would remain consistent for the rest of the World Tour. In Set A and Set C, "In The End" was performed as the second song in the encore, whereas it was the second-to-last song in the main set in Set B. The song remained in these general positions for the rest of the Living Things tour. At the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, a shortened version of "In The End" opened the show with an extended piano intro, being the first time the song had been the opener of a set. At the headlining show in Melbourne, Victoria on the Living Things Australian and New Zealand Tour, the band did something unique: they gave the crowd a choice of songs in which they wanted to hear. The choices were "In The End" and "A Place For My Head", the latter of which was performed. This made it the first time since Wantagh, New York in 2001 that the song was not performed at a full headline show.
"In The End" saw the least amount of movement during The Hunting Party World Tour. Throughout all of 2014, it was the second-to-last song in the main set before "Faint". In 2015, the song remained in that position in Set A, but moved down one step under "A Place For My Head" in Set B. It remained in the second-to-last spot in the main set on the full version of the U.S. Festival setlist in the summer of 2015. On sets that did not feature an encore, the song was the fifth-to-last in the set.
Last Updated: September 27, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Guitar Intro||June 8, 2001||November 17, 2001|
|Intro||Short Ambient Intro||November 15, 2003||August 15, 2006|
|Intro||Keyboard Intro||September 22, 2012||September 22, 2012|
|Outro||Vocal Ending||December 17, 2000*||March 2, 2002|
|Alternative||Acoustic||December 9, 2001||December 9, 2001|
|Alternative||Shortened; No Bridge||September 22, 2012||September 22, 2012|
Dates marked with an asterisk (*) indicates first known appearance of the variation. The date may not be the exact debut or final performance of the variation.
Last Updated: September 27, 2015
- Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
- Michael Einziger (Incubus)
- Travis Barker (Blink-182) (Rehearsal Only)
- Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)
Awards and Nominations
|2002||Billboard Music Awards||Modern Rock Track Of The Year||Nominated|
|2002||MTV Video Music Brazil||Best International Video||Won|
|2002||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Rock Video||Won|
|2002||MTV Video Music Awards||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2002||MTV Video Music Awards||Best Group Video||Nominated|
- Chester Bennington: vocals
- Rob Bourdon: drums, backing vocals
- Brad Delson: guitars, bass, backing vocals
- Joseph Hahn: records, sampling, backing vocals
- Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, beats, sampling
- Don Gilmore: producer
- Jeff Blue: executive producer
- Andy Wallace: mixer
(It starts with one)
It starts with one / and multiplies 'til you can taste the sun
In Other Media
- "In The End" is featured in the 1st episode of Season 5 of the TV series The Challenge, titled "Hang Man".
- "In The End" is featured in the 8th episode of Season 11 of the TV series Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast, titled "Dumm Gelaufen".
- "In The End" (in both studio and 8-bit versions) is featured in Linkin Park's 2010 videogame 8-Bit Rebellion!.
- "In The End" was released in 2011 as part of a DLC for the 2010 videogame Rock Band 3.
- "In The End" was released in 2015 as part of a DLC for the 2013 videogame Rocksmith 2014.
Myron Littman and Shane Hunter of Silent System recorded a cover of "In The End" circa 2000-2001. Shane Hunter said, "I hitch-hiked from Lacombe, Alberta Canada to Napa Valley, California (near San Francisco) that winter, to record this - and to find myself as a man. Good times." The song is currently available on Hunter's YouTube channel.
Christian parody rock band ApologetiX recorded a version of "In The End" named "Corinthians" for their 2002 album Grace Period. The track was also included in their compilation AplogetiX Classics: 2000's. On their website, J. Jackson, the group's vocalist, wrote: "I got the idea for this song in the shower, and I remember working on it right after we bought our used 2000 Dodge Caravan, and also on the street where my wife's grandmother used to live. Some Linkin Park fans have taken offense at the fact that we spoofed "In the End." They ask why we felt it necessary to change the words to what they consider to be a perfectly good song both musically and lyrically. Granted, there are many, many songs that we spoof that have appalling lyrics in their original form. But that’s not the primary reason we spoof them. We do this because we specialize in parodies. It's a talent God has given us, and we like to spoof all forms of music. We're not saying that Linkin Park’s original version is bad or immoral, although it is pretty sad. The singer is bitter and despondent (“in the end, it doesn’t really matter") over his former girlfriend/lover who treated him bad. In the end, nobody wins in that song. When we decided to spoof that song, I thought about that song and how both of them probably thought they had loved each other at one time in the past, and in the end, neither one really did; she treated him wrong, and he ends up bitter with nothing really good to say about her. I thought about our concept today of love and how it’s so different from what the Bible says real love is like. Real love is patient, kind, isn’t jealous, doesn’t keep a record of wrongs, etc. It's a startling contrast and that makes for good parody. Plenty of people like our parody, "Corinthians," but it’s O.K. if you don’t. We understand your feelings (if it hurts you when you think somebody is making fun of Linkin Park, imagine how we feel as millions make fun of Jesus Christ and Christianity), but we did want you to know that we're not trying to make fun of Linkin Park or say that their original song isn’t good."
American Christian metalcore act Colossus recorded a cover of "In The End" which is available on their MySpace page. The track wasn't included on any of their albums.
Brazilian alternative rock band NX Zero sang the chorus to "In The End" in the middle of one of their songs during a show at the Radio MIX FM Theater in São Paulo on July 14, 2009.
Before Linkin Park took the stage at Rock In Rio Lisboa V on May 26, 2012, Fred Durst gave a shout out to Linkin Park during the Limp Bizkit set and sang the chorus of "In The End".
Brazilian pop rock band Scarcéus recorded a version of "In The End", titled "No Final", with Guilherme de Sá (of Rosa de Saron) for their 2012 live DVD Rock é Pedra, Amor é Love.
French melodic hardcore band Debunk recorded a cover of "In The End" which was uploaded to their YouTube channel on June 21, 2012.
Chicago-based post-hardcore group For All I Am uploaded a cover of "In The End" to their YouTube channel on January 03, 2013 as part of the promotion for their debut full length album Skinwalker.
Dutch DJ Hardwell played a mash-up of "In The End" and Pitchblack's "Cosmic Dark" as part of his set at various shows in 2016.
- The Without A Trace theme and surrounding score composed by Peter Manning Robinson is loosely based on Linkin Park's "In The End".
- This song was sampled by Juicy J in the song "Smoke Dat Weed" on the album "Chronicles of the Juice Man" released in 2002.
- This song was sampled by Krayzie Bone in the song "Hard To Let Go" on the album "Lyrical Paraphernalia" released in 2010.
- This song was sampled by Tko Capone in the song "3rd Gear" released in 2012.
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- ApologetiX- Song Lyrics: Corinthians
- Colossus's Songs | Stream Online Music Songs | Listen Free on Myspace
- DEBUNK - In The End (Linkin Park Cover) - YouTube, June 21, 2012
- STREAM: For All I Am – “In The End” (Linkin Park Cover), January 03, 2013