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"Leave Out All the Rest"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Minutes to Midnight
B-side "In Pieces" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Washington DC, Aug. 19 '07)
"Leave Out All the Rest" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Detroit MI, Aug. 22 '07)
"L.O.A.T.R." (M. Shinoda Remix)
Released July 14, 2008 (UK)[1]
July 15, 2008 (U.S.)[2]
August 25, 2008 (U.S. radio)[3]
November 26, 2008 (Japan)[4]
Recorded The Mansion, Los Angeles, California
2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:29 (album version)
3:19 (single version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Mike Shinoda
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Linkin Park singles chronology
"We Made It"
(2008)
"Leave Out All the Rest"
(2008)
"New Divide"
(2009)
Minutes To Midnight track listing
Music video
"Leave Out All the Rest" on YouTube

"Leave Out All the Rest" is a song by the American rock band Linkin Park, which was released as the fifth and final single from their third album Minutes to Midnight. Because of the song's popularity of digital sales during the release week of the album, it charted in the Billboard Pop 100 for that week. On the album, the song segues into "Bleed It Out". The single was released on July 15, 2008.

Background information[edit]

The song's working titles were "Fear" and "When My Time Comes" according to the booklet. While writing, the group went through over thirty lyrical variations before completing the album version. The song combines various synths and samples with raw guitars and drums and powerful vocals. A demo which features Mike Shinoda doing lead vocals can be heard on the Making of Minutes to Midnight documentary, as well as the Linkin Park Underground 9.0 CD where it is entitled "Fear". The song starts with a string sample and electric piano intro, followed by the verse. At the end of the song of the album version, a crowd can be heard which leads into "Bleed It Out", a song that features the background sound of a crowd throughout.

In a Kerrang! review/interview of the band, and the album, vocalist Chester Bennington had this to say about the song, "We knew this was going to be a single from the very beginning, so we worked really hard on making sure it had great lyrics. I'm singing 'Pretending someone else can come and save me from myself' during it because it's supposed to feel like an apology letter, as though I'm moving on but I want people to remember the good things and not the bad things. A lot of the song is about humility."[5] Mike Shinoda has also stated that Rick Rubin (producer for Minutes to Midnight) was the first to have said "This sounds like a massive single".

Media appearances[edit]

The intro to the song was featured on an English advert for the U.S. television series Law & Order for Sky One.[citation needed]

It was also featured on the original motion picture soundtrack for the 2008 film Twilight. It is played during the end credits. Also, the performance from "Road to Revolution" is available on the Twilight special edition DVD.

"Leave Out All the Rest" was the title of a CSI episode that aired on November 6, 2008. The band made a deal with CBS to work the song into the episode. It contained several elements of the song throughout, and pieces of the verses, as well as the chorus, were played at the opening and end of the episode.[6]

In 2011 the German action-series "Alarm für Cobra 11" used a part of the song (the chorus) in an especially sad scene, it was the fifth time that a Linkin Park title was used in the series.

Music video[edit]

Screenshot from the official music video

In an interview with MTV, Mike said that the video, directed by bandmate Joe Hahn, takes place in a futuristic, science fiction influenced setting, and depicts what the daily life of the band's members would be like if they lived in outer space. The band lives in a rundown, artificial habitat that is making its way across the galaxy. At first, they are seen passing the time performing mundane tasks, but then gravity is lost on board the vessel, sending the members floating into what looks like the Sun or a star. The video features no performance footage, though Chester Bennington is seen singing during most of his solo scenes.[7] The video has respectively been influenced by the British movie Sunshine, borrowing similar imagery and a similar concept. Hahn said:

We're explorers in space, just like when we go on tour. We're leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into 'Leave Out All the Rest', in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better.

The video leaked on May 30, 2008, the same day the band released a statement on their widget at MySpace, saying that the premiere for the video would be on June 2, 2008. It featured in the top ten songs of the week on VH1.[8][9][10][11][12]

Track listings[edit]

CD single • iTunes single
No. Title Length
1. "Leave Out All the Rest"   3:19
2. "In Pieces" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Washington DC, Aug. 19 '07) 3:47

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Maxi single
No. Title Length
1. "Leave Out All the Rest"   3:19
2. "In Pieces" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Washington DC, Aug. 19 '07) 3:47
3. "Leave Out All the Rest" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Detroit MI, Aug. 22 '07) 3:26
4. "Leave Out All the Rest" (Video)  

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Japanese single
No. Title Length
1. "Leave Out All the Rest"   3:19
2. "Leave Out All the Rest" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Detroit MI, Aug. 22 '07) 3:26
3. "L.O.A.T.R." (M. Shinoda Remix) 3:46
4. "Leave Out All the Rest" (Video) 3:25
5. "Leave Out All the Rest" (Live Video) 3:27

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

iTunes EP
No. Title Length
1. "Leave Out All the Rest"   3:19
2. "In Pieces" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Washington DC, Aug. 19 '07) 3:47
3. "Leave Out All the Rest" (Live from Projekt Revolution, Detroit MI, Aug. 22 '07) 3:26

Chart performance[edit]

The song managed to spend one week on the Billboard Pop 100 without being officially released as a single, at #98.[13] The song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks at #35 and peaked at #11. It is one of Linkin Park's lowest charting songs in the UK to date, peaking at #90, as well as on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, peaking at only #11. "Leave Out All the Rest" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #99 and the Billboard Hot Digital Songs at #72. The single would later peak on the Billboard Hot 100 at #94. Despite its mediocre chart performance, the single was still certified Gold by the RIAA in 2009.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 98
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 17
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Argentinian Singles Chart 46
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 24
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 17
Czech Singles Chart[14] 12
European Hot 100 Singles[15] 54
Finland Singles Chart[14] 19
German Singles Chart[14] 15
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 38
Polish Singles Chart[16] 3
Portugal Airplay Chart[17] 5
Slovakia Singles Chart[14] 12
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 36
Turkey Top 20 Chart[18] 9
UK Singles Chart 90
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 33
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 94
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 69
Chart (2009) Peak
position
Swedish Singles Chart 42

Year-end charts[edit]

Country Position (2008)
Germany 93[19]

References[edit]

External links[edit]