I heard about the passing of Chester Bennington a couple days ago through word of mouth (I don’t really pay attention to news).
This hit me hard, as Linkin Park has always been one of my favorite bands, and my go to for intense gym workouts and cardio sessions.
I’ve always identified with their material, and Chester’s screaming vocals.
Linkin Park is best known for their early stuff which pretty much led the nu metal craze in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, blending Mike Shinoda’s hip hop skills with Chester Bennington’s screaming vocals and a heavy metal sound.
Linkin Park is one of the most successful bands to come out of this era, and they have pretty much stood the test of time with the success of their newer material.
Their lyrics are best described as angst ridden, raw, emotional, and edgy, and that’s just the way I like them.
In honor of Chester Bennington, and the band, here are the top 6 Linkin Park gym/workout songs that will help you bring your workouts to the next level.
Note: I’m probably a little biased towards their older stuff, but the band’s newer stuff is great as well.
Note: The links are to the Youtube videos of the songs.
This one really shows off the yin and yang dynamic of Shinoda’s rapped lyrics symbiotically melding with Bennington’s screaming vocals. It’s different, it’s edgy, and it’s amazing!
2. Given Up
This one will definitely get you pumped up to smash a PR. It’s loud, it’s fast, and it’s in your face. It will kick your ass into that high gear you need to smash your workout.
A classic from the first album, this thing goes hard as hell. The last 42 seconds are about as intense as any song you’ll hear in the gym.
An amazing song for cardio, this track is not as hardcore and deals with darker subject matter, but it’s good for busting through those long cardio sessions.
Another classic off the first album, this one really harnesses the classic Linkin Park sound of angsty lyrics and an urgent screaming breakdown to cap it all off.
This is a newer song, and a great throwback to the band’s older sound. The drums are sick, and Rakim (how’s that for a throwback?) absolutely destroys the last verse. Don’t leave this one off the playlist.
There’s really not much more to say, other than Rock In Paradise Chester, and let the music play on, my friends.
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