Hit The Floor

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"Hit The Floor"
Song by Linkin Park from the album Meteora
Working title Husky
Recorded 2002
Length 02:44
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 75
Key C# Minor
Live debut February 23, 2003
Last played April 26, 2003
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Don Gilmore, Linkin Park
Label Warner Bros.

Meteora track listing
  1. Foreword
  2. Don't Stay
  3. Somewhere I Belong
  4. Lying From You
  5. Hit The Floor
  6. Easier To Run
  7. Faint
  8. Figure.09
  9. Breaking The Habit
  10. From The Inside
  11. Nobody's Listening
  12. Session
  13. Numb

"Hit The Floor" is the fifth song on Linkin Park's sophomore album Meteora. It is noted as an interesting song for its angry rock vibe atop a hip-hop beat.


In March 2003, Mike Shinoda did a track-by-track of Meteora for ShoutWeb. About "Hit The Floor", he said:

""Hit The Floor" is interesting because it's got this hip-hop style beat. For all the technical musicians out there, there is one thing that you'll notice right off the bat in the song. When you're writing a big rock chorus, you come in on the one count, on the downbeat, and you're just blaring music. The interesting thing about this song is that it comes on the "and" after the one. It's a syncopated start almost. For the technical musicians out there, you'll notice that it was definitely a chance that we took, that ended up working out. It was a difficult thing to make work and I think we feel pretty proud of it.

Just as a side note, and this leads us into the next song, is what I think makes great writing. It's like being a great athlete. It's when you can do something that's very difficult in a way that seems easy or even natural. You notice a great athlete, doing something that is just impossible for the average person to do but they make it seem so easy. And in that song, that's one element of it. In "Hit The Floor", that's one thing that is really working in that song.

"Hit The Floor" is kind of about people who look down on other people. It's basically about people stepping on other people to get to the top and acting like they're invincible when everybody knows that you can't be that person forever. You can't step on other people to get to wherever you want to get to. It just ends up coming back and biting you. And even in that song there is definitely more to it than that."

On the Meteora booklet, the band wrote, "The band wanted to make a heavy song with a hip hop bounce - this is what came out. Mike and Chester tried numerous singing-style choruses, but when Chester brought the screaming hook into the studio, everyone knew it was going to work. the hardest work in creating this song was in the minor details. Tightening the lyrics and capturing the performances took days to finish."

A scratch primarily based on a sped-up clip of a Chester scream from "By Myself" was used in both verses of "Hit The Floor".

In early 2003, the Linkin Park Street Team received promo stickers for Meteora without "Hit The Floor" listed as a track. This has led fans to believe that the song originally wasn't going to be on the album.


In April 2023, Linkin Park released a demo of "Hit The Floor" on Meteora 20 with the name "Husky."

Brad Delson did a track-by-track commentary of the Lost Demos disc for the "Super Deluxe Box Set" book. About "Husky", he wrote, "With a name like "Husky," you wouldn't want this to be tepidly polite. Verse vocal is rad. Love that guitar tone. Playful. Let's stop and start... and stop... and start. The syncopated riff in the bridge is not waiting in line."[1]


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Hit The Floor Meteora 2:44 2002 March 25, 2003
Husky (Hit The Floor Demo) Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition)

Lost Demos

3:14 2002 April 7, 2023
  • No vocals during chorus and bridge.
  • Different lyrics.
Hit The Floor Meteora - Instrumentals 2:46 2002
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Hit The Floor (Live In Nottingham 2003) Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:14 March 03, 2003 April 7, 2023
  • Not present in the original radio broadcast.


"Hit The Floor" had a very short run in Linkin Park's setlists. It was among the first tracks from Meteora to debut live, appearing alongside eight other songs from the album at the first show in 2003. Throughout its tenure live, "Hit The Floor" was a fairly straight forward song, with no extensions and the only additional vocal effect applied was an SPX990 being used on Mike's vocals in the chorus. After Projekt Revolution 2003 ended, both "Hit The Floor" and "Easier To Run" were dropped from the sets, and haven't been played since.


Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington: vocals
  • Rob Bourdon: drums
  • Brad Delson: guitar
  • Joseph Hahn: records, sampling
  • Phoenix: bass
  • Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, sampling


  • Don Gilmore: producer
  • Andy Wallace: mixer


External Links

  • Hit The Floor (Official Audio): YouTube
  • Husky (Hit The Floor Demo): YouTube
  • Hit The Floor (Live In Nottingham 2003): YouTube