This far into their career, it’s hard to imagine that Linkin Park have any accomplishments left to earn. The nu-metal band became one of the biggest musical acts in rock history, recorded an album with the most famous rapper of all time, and inspired a generation of fans to dress like parking-lot Shaolin monks. But now, Linkin Park have accomplished something that their peers in Metallica and Iron Maiden never have — they’ve reached one billion streams for a single track on Spotify.
As reported by Loudwire, Linkin Park’s “In The End” has officially surpassed the one billion mark on Spotify. This earned the track, featured on the band’s massive 2000 debut Hybrid Theory, its second one-billion-streams award, having also reached one billion views on YouTube last July.
“In The End” is also in good company. In February, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” officially reached the one billion mark on Spotify. Meanwhile, Oasis’ “Wonderwall” is also in the club, as are three tracks by Queen — “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Another One Bites The Dust.”
Congrats to Linkin Park on this accomplishment! It’s cool to see that all these years later, even after the band has gone on (understandable) hiatus, these dudes are still killing it.
Back in 2019, Linkin Park’s own Mike Shinoda was asked about the possibility of replacing late vocalist Chester Bennington. According to Mike, the thought wasn’t even on the table at the time.
That’s not my goal right now,” he said when asked about the possibility of Linkin Park trying out a new singer. “I think it has to happen naturally and if we find somebody that’s like, a great person that we think is a good personality fit and a good style fit, then I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. … Not for the sake of like, replacing – I wouldn’t want to ever feel like we were replacing Chester.”
Words by Chris Krovatin