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Single by Linkin Park
from the album Living Things
Working title Tinfoil
Recorded 2008-2012
Released October 31, 2012
Format Digital
Length 03:46
Time signature 7/4 (Verses); 4/4 (Chorus)
Tempo 70
Key F Minor
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Jim Lemley, Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

Lost In The Echo (2012) Powerless (2012) Castle Of Glass (2013)

Living Things track listing
  1. Lost In The Echo
  2. In My Remains
  3. Burn It Down
  4. Lies Greed Misery
  5. I'll Be Gone
  6. Castle Of Glass
  7. Victimized
  8. Roads Untraveled
  9. Skin To Bone
  10. Until It Breaks
  11. Tinfoil
  12. Powerless

"Powerless" is the twelfth track on the album Living Things. "Tinfoil" and "Powerless" were originally the same song, but they were later split into two separate tracks. Although the song wasn't released as an official single, it received a digital single release in Japan on October 31, 2012, and a music video which served as a trailer of the film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

On the booklet and back cover of Living Things, dots were used to mark the number of each track, but "Powerless" has 13 dots instead of 12.


"Tinfoil" / "Powerless" were initially started during the A Thousand Suns sessions, like "I'll Be Gone", but weren't finished until the band started writing for Living Things. The original version of the song was very different than the version released on Living Things, as revealed by Mike Shinoda, when he said "Took the longest to write. It was a really old demo, TINFOIL is the intro of it, and it turned into this epic 6 minute long thing, but it was kind of boring. It was too long, so months later we chopped it down to size. It probably took 9 months or even a year before the song was actually done. The last day of recording, we were still working on that song. Rob came in and recorded a new idea, and it made it way better."

"Powerless" "was trimmed from a seven-minute epic, given a more compact arrangement and, on the last day of recording, filled out with live drums."[1]


"Powerless" was officially remixed once, with it being done by Enferno. The remix was released through the Living Things Remix Subscription and on the band's second remix album, Recharged, with the latter including a transition ending into Tom Swoon's remix of "Burn It Down".


Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Powerless Linkin Park 3:44

Music Video

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Trailer

"Powerless" was choosen to play over the end credits of the 20th Century Fox film "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

Before Linkin Park's performance at Telekom Street Gigs, which took place in Berlin in June 5, 2012, the band shoot a music video for "Powerless" with director Timur Bekmambetov. This video consisted of the band performing the song along with footage from the film and portions of the Berlin show. Colorist was Andrey Mesnyankin for Colorkitchen.

Due to Mike recording the guitars on the studio version of the song and Brad not knowing how to play it, very few shots of Brad were shown to keep the illusion of it being a live performance.

The video served as a trailer for the film and was released on June 19, 2012.

Power The World Video

A new video for "Powerless" was released on November 27, 2012 as part of Music For Relief's Power The World campaign.

The video was only two minutes short and consisted of reused footage filmed in Berlin with footage from the campaign.


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Powerless Living Things


3:46 2011-2012 June 20, 2012
Tinfoil / Powerless (Instrumental) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 5:03 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official instrumental version.
Powerless (Acapella) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 3:27 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official acapella version.
  • There's a glitch at 0:56.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Powerless (Enferno Remix) Living Things Remixed 6:18 2012 December 20, 2012
  • Remix by Eric Jao.
Powerless - DJ Enferno Remix Living Things Remixes 4:00 2012
  • Remix by Eric Jao.
  • Shortened.
  • Cut beginning.
  • Different transitions.
Powerless (Enferno Remix) Recharged 6:07 2012 October 29, 2013


While "Powerless" has never been performed in front of an audience, it was "performed" at the band's stop in Berlin for Telekom Street Gigs for footage that was later used in both the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and a Power The World promotional videos. It is unknown if the band truly played the song live or if they played alongside a backing track. During this performance, though, shots of Brad were kept at a minimum because Mike recorded the guitar parts for "Powerless", and Brad never learned how to play them. This is currently the only performance the band has done of the song. Mike Shinoda said, “I don’t know why it wasn’t played live. I don’t have a good answer for you. Other songs got picked. It was funny, we basically figured out how to play it… ish, kind of figured out how to play it, in order to do the video for it. Super weird movie.”[2]



In Other Media

  • "Powerless" is featured in the 2012 film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as well as in its trailer.

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