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Song by Linkin Park from the album LP Underground 6.0
Recorded 2006
Released December 5, 2006
Format CD, Digital
Length 3:21
Stems Open Labs SoundSlate Pro
Live debut August 10, 2006
Last played August 21, 2007
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda

LP Underground 6.0 track listing
  1. Announcement Service Public
  2. Qwerty
  3. Qwerty (Live)
  4. Pushing Me Away (Live)
  5. Breaking The Habit (Live)
  6. Reading My Eyes (Live)


"Qwerty" was a song recorded in 2006 during the Minutes To Midnight sessions and released on December 5, 2006 as part of the LP Underground 6.0 CD.

On the LPU 5.0 newsletter, Rob Bourdon wrote about the song:

"Japan is one of my favorite places to tour. This past trip was a lot of fun and a huge success. We were there for ten days and I truly enjoyed every day. The shows were incredible. It was so exciting and surreal to get back on stage and play for our fans again, after being away for a while.

This tour was unique for us because we have never left the studio to play shows in the middle of the recording process. In the past we would never think of leaving the studio, especially to travel to the other side of the world. While recording we are in a completely different state of mind than when on tour. When we're in writing mode we are constantly trying to come up with new ideas regardless if we can play them well or not, which is the exact opposite of performing, which is playing what you know the best you can.

In this case, engaging in this opposing frames of mind actually turned out to be very beneficial in both worlds. We wanted to play a new song in Japan that was different from what we have done in the past that had a lot of energy live. We had a very specific idea of the kind of song we wanted to play but we didn't have that type of song yet. Being able to rehearse and record at the same time enabled us to create the song Qwerty, which is the song that we ended up playing. After trying to mold a song we had already written into the right one for the show (which didn't work) we decided to write a brand new song 3 days before leaving. An hour before one of the last rehearsals we stopped working on a song named Grecian and decided to start a new song based on an idea that Phoenix had brought in. The song Qwerty came together in an hour and then it was rearranged over the next three days in the rehearsal room and the studio. The lyrics were actually finished on the flight to Japan.

For two weeks prior to leaving we were running back and forth from the recording studio and rehearsal spot, creating new songs and relearning the older songs. At some points it got really hectic. After playing Qwerty on the last day of rehearsals, we knew that it was going to be a great live song. It's a little nerve-wracking to write a song and then play it in front of thousands of fans a few days latter, but it was also very exciting to be able to play a song that was still in the works and see how the fans reacted to it before finishing it.

Overall, I think Qwerty got a great response live. I thought it was incredible that the fans actually recorded the song on thier cell phones and then posted it online. Despite the audio being barely audible it was really cool to see all of the file trading and posts of the song. Since the live performances went well we decided to track it with our producer Rick, who had some great suggestions to make the song even better. Qwerty will always remind me of that quick trip to Japan, and you can look out for it perhaps as an Underground exclusive in LPU6...

Playing these shows was really motivating for us to finish up all of the songs we have written and get back on stage. Having the opportunity to connect with our fans and perform during this process has definitely helped us in the studio because of how much our fans inspire us. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.

Love and Respect to the LPU, thanks for supporting us throughout the years, none of these great experiences would be possible without you guys."


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
QWERTY LP Underground 6.0

Songs From The Underground

8-Bit Rebellion!

A Decade Underground


3:21 2006 December 5, 2006
  • The song was recorded in studio after Linkin Park came back from their tour in Japan in August 2006.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
QWERTY (8 Bit Rebellion Version) 8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones 0:31 2010 April 17, 2010
  • 8-bit version.
  • Intro only.
QWERTY (8-Bit) 8-Bit Rebellion! 2:48 2010 April 26, 2010
  • Full 8-bit version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
QWERTY (Live) LP Underground 6.0 3:54 August 13, 2006 December 5, 2006
  • Early version.
  • Different lyrics.
  • Recorded live at the Chiba Marina Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on August 13, 2006 at the Summer Sonic Festival.
  • Mike's lyrical mistake at the beginning of his first verse was fixed.
QWERTY 4:02 August 13, 2006
  • Same recording as the LPU 6.0 live version.
  • Extended version which contains extra speech by Mike at the end.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on August 24, 2006.


The live debut of "QWERTY" was also its world premiere - it is a rare case in the band's discography, being performed live before being announced or released (another example is "A Light That Never Comes". It was first performed on the 2006 Japan Tour, mid-set after "Lying From You". In 2006, it was performed as the 2006 Version, which repeats the last lines of the first verse before kicking into the chorus, with Chester screaming "A victim of your pride" on the first repetition of the line.

The song returned at the beginning of Projekt Revolution 2007 on the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle, appearing in Set B. The song was dubbed the 2007 Version, as it was a mashup of both the LPU 6 studio version and the 2006 Version. It was dropped in Chula Vista, California (along with "Given Up", possibly due to curfew) and Raleigh, North Carolina. It was ultimately dropped from the setlist, which became so different than the original by the end of the tour, it was dubbed Set D.

The song didn't appear at all on the A Thousand Suns touring cycle, but the band considered playing it at the soundcheck at the fourth LPU Summit in Hamburg, Germany in 2011, but ultimately performed an acoustic rendition of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" instead.

The song appeared in a mashup with "Victimized" on the Living Things touring cycle, debuting on the Honda Civic Tour. It appeared early in the set in Set A and Set C, and mid-set in Set B. The mashup (along with "The Catalyst") was dropped on the festival dates on the 2013 Australian and New Zealand Tour and the first few shows of the following Asian Tour, but both returned to Set A after being soundchecked at the ninth LPU Summit in Chep Lap Kok, Hong Kong. "QWERTY" has not appeared since the end of that tour.


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


  • Written by Linkin Park
  • Recorded at The Mansion at Laurel Canyon and Korn Studios
  • Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
  • Engineered by Andrew Schepps
  • 2nd Engineer: Phillip Broussard Jr.
  • Additional engineering by Dana Nielsen
  • Mixed by Ethan Mates
  • Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering



In Other Media

  • "Qwerty" (in both studio and 8-bit versions) is featured in Linkin Park's 2010 videogame 8-Bit Rebellion!.

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