Numb (Linkin Park song)

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"Numb"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
B-side "From The Inside" (Live)
"Easier to Run" (Live)
Released September 8, 2003
Format CD
Recorded 2002 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:08
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Don Gilmore, Linkin Park
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Faint"
(2003)
"Numb"
(2003)
"From the Inside"
(2004)
Meteora track listing
"Session"
(12)
"Numb"
(13)
Meteora track listing
Audio sample
file info · help
Music video
"Numb" on YouTube

"Numb" is a song by rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Meteora, and is the thirteenth and final track on the album. One of Linkin Park's most well known and critically acclaimed songs, "Numb" topped the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for 12 weeks.[1] The song spent six weeks at the top of the chart in 2003 and six weeks in 2004. The song also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was remixed as "Numb/Encore", a collaboration between the band and rapper Jay-Z. It was a massive hit for both artists which was featured on the album Collision Course and earned them the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "Numb" was ranked #95 on Rhapsody's list of the Top 100 Tracks of the Decade.[2]

In January 2011, "Numb" was released in a Linkin Park DLC pack for Rock Band 3.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Joe Hahn, the indoor scenes of the music video are set in a cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic as are the outdoor scenes. The school interiors, the classroom, the corridor and the outside playground are set in Johannes Kepler Grammar School (Gymnázium Jana Keplera) in Prague. The bridge scenes were all shot on Prague's famed Charles Bridge. Due to vocalist Chester Bennington suffering from severe abdominal and back pains, the band's performance was filmed later in a matching cathedral in Los Angeles.

The video follows the domestic and social problems faced during a day in the life of an unpopular outcast young female student (portrayed by Briana Evigan). The girl apparently spends much of her time drawing pictures, revealing that she probably has dreams of becoming an artist. She is largely shunned and ridiculed at school, considering that when she is told off by the lecturer for drawing in class everybody laughs at her and teases her, when she trips on the stairs nobody stops to help her up, and that when she tries to join a group of girls at a lunch table they immediately get up and leave. There are also self-inflicted cut marks on her arms, which spell out "NUMB". During the song's climax, she is shown in her room, as she ties up her hair with a paintbrush, and throws paint at a canvas in anger. At the end, she runs into the church that the band was playing in, almost as if she heard them, only to find the church left behind empty.

MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos ranked it at #40.

Chart performance[edit]

The track became one of Linkin Park's most critically acclaimed songs, as well as one of their most commercially successful, peaking at #11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on February 24, 2004, and spending 3 weeks on top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks and 12 weeks on top of the Modern Rock Tracks. "Numb" was the 33rd best performing single on the Hot 100 during 2004 and it was listed at #15 in the alternative songs decade end chart. It was also successful in Oceania, peaking at #10 in Australia and #13 in New Zealand. "Numb" is also their longest running single in France, spending 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at #19. However, it was briefly ranked for one week in Italy and Belgium Single Chart; but it topped the Greek Single Chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Part 1
No. Title Length
1. "Numb"   3:06
2. "From the Inside" (Live) 2:55
3. "Numb" (Video)  

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Part 2
No. Title Length
1. "Numb"   3:06
2. "Easier to Run" (Live) 3:22
3. "Faint" (Video)  

All songs written and composed by Linkin Park. 

Australian Maxi single
No. Title Length
1. "Numb"   3:06
2. "From the Inside" (Live) 2:55
3. "Easier to Run" (Live) 3:22

In other media[edit]

  • The song is used as English UFC fighter Paul Kelly's entrance song.
  • Nicki Minaj remixed the song for her debut mixtape, retitled as 'Encore '07'.

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"So Far Away" by Staind
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
November 22, 2003 - February 7, 2004
Succeeded by
"Hit That" by The Offspring
Preceded by
"Away from Me" by Puddle of Mudd
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
January 3–17, 2004
Succeeded by
"Figured You Out" by Nickelback

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 372.
  2. ^ Top 100 Tracks of the Decade
  3. ^ "Numb (Original Official Video) on Youtube".  from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart info(Link redirected to OCC website) Chartarchive.com. Retrieved 21 July 2012.

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