The world still reels from the news of Chester Bennington’s suicide. The singer’s thoughtful angst was the savior of so many young souls from the moment his band Linkin Park debuted. Hybrid Theory is the kind of rock classic most bands can only dream of. Bennington’s lyrics are forever tatooed on the hearts of so many millennials who craved a sense of belonging. His words were mantras for every kid who felt sad, scared, lonely and afraid. We were never too much of an “other” with Linkin Park, because as long as Bennington’s voice rang between our ears, we weren’t alone.
At 41, Bennington had proven himself a legendary figure in the rock world. He fronted five bands in total, including the iconic Stone Temple Pilots. We will forever miss his howl and his chameleonic influence. Linkin Park has always been a band dedicated to bridging the gap between genres, showing us that dance and hip-hop can bang just as hard as any metal tune, and that crunching guitars can be just as funky as synths and bass.
In honor of Bennington’s legacy and Linkin Park’s continual exploration of sounds, Billboard Dance gives you our favorite remixes of Linkin Park’s biggest hits.
Linkin Park feat. Kiiara – “Heavy” (MAGNU?S Remix)
The lead single from Linkin Park’s latest album, One More Light, was already a dance-leaning tune, but this remix from young Scottish producer MAGNU?S turns up hard with trap drums and a big bass drop. It’s got a cool, funky edge to make you get low, hard and fast. Definitely one of the cooler takes we’ve heard.
Linkin Park – “Waiting for the End” (The Glitch Mob Remix)
This beat-driven song from 2010’s A Thousand Suns is a real heart-wrencher. The Glitch Mob takes its massive drum intro, twists the hook into a robotic mantra and bursts into new frontiers of electronic mayhem. It’s a playground of industrial noise from the best in the biz.
Who needs a bit of brightness in their day? This Vicetone remix of Steve Aoki’s Linkin Park collaboration is big-room brilliance for your darkest night. You may have sorrows in your pocket, but you can dance yourself giddy to this punchy, four on the floor.
Linkin Park – “In the End” (Sonik & Gon Haziri Remix)
Time for a bit of turndown: “In the End” was the song that got me through my first breakup. It’s not a song that’s supposed to make you throw your hands in the air, but this downtempo house rework is the right kind of introspective to get me swaying, sad but resilient.
Linkin Park – “Until It Breaks” (Datsik Remix)
Mike Shinoda shines over these booms. What is that recharge noise? Why isn’t it in every song I’ve ever heard? Put this sludge on your ears and make the nastiest face you can muster. This is muddy, grimy, dubstep filth, and it’s good for you.
Linkin Park – “Somewhere I Belong” (Tyler Clark Remix)
You can scream along to Bennington’s pleas for joy until you’re soar in the throat, and this dub beat is the perfect back track.
Linkin Park feat. Kiiara – “Heavy” (Nicky Romero Remix)
Ready for a “Heavy” reprise? This remix from Nicky Romero is much shinier than the MAGNU?S take, and it’s got a killer future bass breakdown. Put this on when you need to feel a lightness in your heart, when you need to be reminded that there is something yet worth looking forward to.
Linkin Park – “One Step Closer” (Mantis Remix)
Let’s finish this strong where it all began. The first time I ever heard Linkin Park, it was 3 a.m. and the music video for “One Step Closer” came on my TV. I was delirious with the need for sleep, and it slapped me straight up. I was hooked ever since. This dubstep remix is as much of a one-two punch to the senses as Linkin Park was to my fragile, middle school mind 17 years ago.