What Are You Worth

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"What Are You Worth"
Song by Linkin Park
Recorded 2016
Format Digital
Length 03:04
Writer Linkin Park, Brian Howes
Producer Linkin Park
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop

"What Are You Worth" is an outtake from the One More Light sessions.

Background

Two titles were added in March 2016 to Linkin Park's song catalog at BMI: "Ricochet"[1] and "What Are You Worth".[2] Both credit the Californian producer Brian Howes as their sole composer and songwriter. The latter started circulating among fans in early 2019 and was leaked online on May 5th.[3]

Fans have speculated that the song is likely a Mike Shinoda demo without the rest of the band, but that is unconfirmed. Community member Astat said, "At least some of the guitar on this song is in drop C tuning, which is completely out of character for anything Mike and/or Brad would have been doing in 2016. Chester's definitely not on the song, but a lot of the higher background vocals don't really sound like Mike." It is possible than Brian Howes added guitar and vocals to the song.

In June 2020, Mike was asked about the song and a chance of reworking it to play live. He said, "What Are You Worth was a song that we worked on for One More Light and I wasn't... I only get bummed out when people leak songs because when it's an unfinished and it's like somebody else just doing it for, I don't know. I feel like if I make a song with somebody and it doesn't work out, like they're welcome to do what they want with their part of it but don't do what you want with my part of it. I think that's rude, I think that's really not awesome. That part of it sucks. If you're a music maker and that situation goes on where you make a song with somebody and they don't want to put it out, I'd say be respectful of their contribution on the song. Otherwise, you shut the door on working with them again. Right? But I guess that makes sense, it's not a big deal... it's a small deal. No, I didn't really love the song personally, I thought it was ok so I wouldn't really want to rework it or anything."[4]

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
What Are You Worth 3:04 2016
  • Leaked on r/LinkinPark on May 5, 2019.

Personnel

  • Mike Shinoda - Programming, Vocals, Guitar

Lyrics

References