Wish (Nine Inch Nails Cover)

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Song by Linkin Park from the album LP Underground 4.0
Recorded August 18, 2004
Released November 22, 2004
Live debut June 03, 2004
Last played September 11, 2004
Writer Trent Reznor

LP Underground 4.0 track listing
  1. Sold My Soul To Yo Mama
  2. Breaking The Habit (Live)
  3. Standing In The Middle
  4. Step Up/Nobody's Listening/It's Goin' Down (Live)
  5. Wish (Live)
  6. One Step Closer featuring Jonathan Davis (Live)


"Wish" is a song from industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' Broken EP, released on September 22, 1992. It keeps with the general mood of the Broken EP and includes numerous angry and self-deprecating lyrical passages, but unlike other songs, also shows a desire for something more.[1]

Starting on June 3, 2004, the song was regularly played live by Linkin Park until the end of that year. A live recording from Tampa, Florida, was released on November 22, 2004 as part of the LP Underground 4.0 CD.

During a LPU Chat on August 2, 2011, Chester Bennington said, "Playing covers is something we don’t do very often, so we have to be picky about that kind of thing. But eight years ago when we didn’t have very many songs to play live, we would actually play songs like “Wish” or any of the other Deftones songs or whatever we could throw in our show because we only had like 36 minutes of music. So I don’t know how often we’ll do covers."[2]

According to Mike Shinoda, "Wish" is "just a song we really like and feel strongly about and it's a lot of fun to play live because it's so energetic." He says the hardest part about putting the song together live was rebuilding all the sample sounds. "Actually, one of our techs used to work for Nine Inch Nails, and I played it for him, and I said "Dude you gotta hear this, I can't believe I made all these sounds, it sounds so similar" and he confirmed that they were, in his expert opinion, very similar. If I have his vote, then it's similar, because he's a die-hard Nine Inch Nails fan."[3]

During a LPU Chat on February 4, 2015, Mike said it’s hard for the band to agree on playing a cover version of a song because the guys don’t have consistency, they say they want to do a cover one day, and the next day the band are making fun of it.[4]

Other bands who covered "Wish" includes Silverstein, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Beatsteaks, Behemoth, Dreadnaut, STEMM, Brand New, and Device.

The original song was featured as a playable track in "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock", meaning it has stems available.


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wish (Live) LP Underground 4.0 4:28 August 18, 2004 November 22, 2004
  • Censored.
  • Nine Inch Nails cover.
  • Recorded live at Projekt Revolution 2004.


"Wish" has been a big staple in Nine Inch Nails' setlists since it's premiere, but only had a short time in the limelight for Linkin Park sets. It first debuted at the end of the Meteora touring cycle, where it was performed as the second encore song starting on the International Tour. It retained this position throughout Projekt Revolution 2004, however it featured a shortened jam ending. The song was not played again after the tour ended. "Wish" was the second full and consistent cover the band performed, the first being Deftones' "My Own Summer (Shove It)" in 2002.


Last Updated: September 8, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro Shortened Jam Ending July 23, 2004 September 11, 2004



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