Faint (song)

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"Faint"
Linkin Park - Faint CD cover.jpg
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
B-side
Released June 9, 2003
Format
Recorded 2002
Genre
Length 2:43
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s)
  • Don Gilmore
  • Linkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Somewhere I Belong"
(2003)
"Faint"
(2003)
"Numb"
(2003)
"Somewhere I Belong"
(2003)
"Faint"
(2003)
"Numb"
(2003)
Music video
"Faint" on YouTube

"Faint" is a song by the American 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 is the seventh track. It 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 US 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. This was done by DJ Rob Boskamp and can be found on MTV's MTV Mash Up - Amazing Remixes! CD. An excerpt of the video might have been used in a Lenovo commercial titled "For Those Who Do."[a fact or an opinion?]

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 during Living Things World Tour, 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 Los Angeles, 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.[3][4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Faint" was officially released to US 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 US 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 US 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. Moreover, the song peaked at #15 in the UK, charting for 8 weeks, being their second succeesful song from Meteora in the UK after Somewhere I Belong.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

Part 1
No. Title Length
1. "Faint" 2:43
2. "Lying from You" (Live) 3:07
3. "Somewhere I Belong" (Video)  

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

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

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

Maxi single
No. Title Length
1. "Faint" 2:43
2. "Lying from You" (Live) 3:06
3. "One Step Closer" (Reanimated Live) 3:41

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

10" vinyl picture disc
No. Title Length
1. "Faint" 2:43
2. "Lying from You" (Live) 3:07

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 25
Austrian Singles Chart 27
Belgium Singles Chart 44
Brazil (ABPD)[5] 22
German Singles Chart 40
Ireland Singles Chart 26
Netherlands Singles Chart 40
Spanish Singles Chart 18
Swedish Singles Chart 49
Swiss Singles Chart 32
Japanese Singles Chart 67
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 57
UK Singles Chart 15
US Billboard Hot 100 48
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 48
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
Chart (2017) Peak
position
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[6] 71
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[7] 86
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[8] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Concert review: Linkin Park, Vector Arena". February 22, 2013. Retrieved August 15, 2016 – via New Zealand Herald. 
  2. ^ Weiss, Dan (April 6, 2012). "Ten Rap-Rock Songs That Are Actually Awesome". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Faint (Original Official Video) on Youtube".  from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel
  4. ^ "Faint (Official Duplicate Video) on Youtube".  from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "Linkin Park – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Linkin Park. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Linkin Park – Faint". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

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