Faint (song)

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"Faint"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
B-side "Lying from You" (Live)
"One Step Closer" (Reanimated Live)
Released June 9, 2003
Format Compact Disc, Vinyl
Recorded 2002
Genre Nu metal, rap metal
Length 2:42
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Don Gilmore, Linkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Somewhere I Belong"
(2003)
"Faint"
(2003)
"Numb"
(2003)
Meteora track listing
"Easier to Run"
(6)
"Faint"
(7)
"Figure.09"
(8)
Meteora track listing
Music video
"Faint" on YouTube

"Faint" is a song by rock band Linkin Park from their second studio album Meteora. The song was released as the album's second single on June 9, 2003 and entered the top thirty on the majority of the charts it appeared on, including the Hot 100, in which it peaked at #48. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, becoming the band's third number-one hit on the chart. The song would later be featured on the group's mashup EP with Jay-Z, Collision Course, where it was mashed up with lyrics of the song Jigga What from Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life. American metalcore band I, the Breather recorded a cover of "Faint."

Overview[edit]

This song was released as two singles, "Faint 1" and "Faint 2", they differed in cover color and track listing ("Faint 1" is blue, and "Faint 2" is a brownish-green). "Faint 1" was also released as a Canadian version that includes the tracks, but does not include the music video. "Faint 1" lists the length of "Lying from You" as 3:43 but is actually 3:04. "One Step Closer", on "Faint 2", is 3:43 long. A promotional sampler was given to members of the street team and some members of the LPU, the band's official fan club. A demo for the song can be found on the Underground 9.0 Fan Club release. It features Mike Shinoda rapping with different lyrics, with only some backing input from Chester Bennington. A live version of the track was featured as a b-side for "What I've Done".

The success of this single led MTV to produce a mashup of "Faint" with "Toxic" by Britney Spears. An excerpt of the video might have been used in a Lenovo commercial titled "For Those Who Do."

During the Minutes to Midnight World Tour, they extended the length of the song during live performances, playing the riff from the bridge while Delson played a solo. In some live performances, it is played after "Tinfoil" as the opening song on the setlist.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Mark Romanek and shot in downtown LA, consists of the band performing in front of an audience and a floodlight. The audience consisted of members from the LPU. Almost the entire video is shot from behind the band, allowing the strong lighting to portray them in silhouettes. Therefore, the faces of the band are not shown throughout most of the video, except at the final chorus where the band is then shown from the front. They perform in front of a derelict building structure with graffiti, such as a monstrous version of the Hybrid Theory Soldier and some Linkin Park symbols.

A director's cut was made that features an extended ending where Mike Shinoda spray paints the words En Proceso (Spanish for In Process) on a garage door.[1][2]

Charts[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

"Faint" was officially released to U.S. radio on July 1, 2003. The song reached the top twenty on the Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay, and the following week it debuted on the Hot 100, the official U.S. chart. "Faint" peaked at number forty-eight in its eighth week and remained on the chart until its twentieth week. The song entered the top twenty on the majority of the Billboard charts on which it appeared. "Faint" proved popular on Modern Rock Tracks radio, attaining the number one position on that chart for six weeks (with 37 weeks on the chart), and peaked at number forty-eight on the Hot 100 Airplay format and number two for two weeks on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks.

"Faint" reached the top thirty on the Canadian Singles Chart where it peaked at 21.

The song was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand on July 22, 2003. "Somewhere I Belong" reached the UK top ten, while "Faint" reached the top twenty. "Faint" continued the trend of lower-charting singles when it debuted and peaked at number fifteen, and remained in the chart for 8 weeks.. "Faint" peaked at number twenty-five on the Australian Singles Chart and stayed at its peak for two weeks.

"Faint" reached 67 on the Japanese singles chart and 48 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles and it would also peak at forty in seven countries and it reach the top twenty in the United Kingdom and Spain, it was a moderate top ten success on the LAUNCH Music Videos Top 100.

To date, It has been less successful than its predecessor "Somewhere I Belong" and the following single "Numb" where both singles charted higher. However, it has peaked higher than "Numb" in the Belgium Singles Chart (#44) and Italian Singles Chart. Additionally, it was more successful on the Mainstream Rock Track and the Modern Rock Track chart than the other singles from Meteora. It was the 8th Best performing song of the decade on the Modern Rock Track chart, and the 13th best performing song of the decade on the Mainstream rock Track Chart. It is their second most successful single behind In The End on the rock charts. "Faint" was also more popular than "Somewhere I Belong" having more sales and more YouTube views with the music video having over 44 million views and the "Somewhere I Belong" music having over 36 million views but "Numb" is still more popular than "Faint" and it still remains the band's most popular and most successful song to date.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Part 1
No. Title Length
1. "Faint"   2:42
2. "Lying from You" (Live) 3:07
3. "Somewhere I Belong" (Video)  

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Part 2
No. Title Length
1. "Faint"   2:42
2. "One Step Closer" (Reanimated Live) 3:43
3. "Faint Live" (Video)  

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Maxi single
No. Title Length
1. "Faint"   2:42
2. "Lying from You" (Live) 3:06
3. "One Step Closer" (Reanimated Live) 3:41

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

10" vinyl picture disc
No. Title Length
1. "Faint"   2:42
2. "Lying from You" (Live) 3:07

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 25
Austrian Singles Chart 27
Belgium Singles chart 44
German Singles Chart 40
Ireland Singles Chart 26
Netherlands Singles Chart 40
Swedish Singles Chart 49
Swiss Singles Chart 32
United Kingdom Singles Chart 15
Japanese Singles Chart 67
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 57
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 48
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
UK Singles Chart 15
Preceded by
"Just Because" by Jane's Addiction
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
August 9, 2003
Succeeded by
"So Far Away" by Staind

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faint (Original Official Video) on Youtube".  from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel
  2. ^ "Faint (Official Duplicate Video) on Youtube".  from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel

External links[edit]