Numb (Linkin Park song)

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Linkin Park - Numb CD cover.jpg
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2003
FormatCD single
StudioNew Orleans, Louisiana
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Linkin Park
  • Don Gilmore
  • Linkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
"From the Inside"
Audio sample
Music video
"Numb" on YouTube

"Numb" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Meteora (2003), and is the closing track on the album. One of Linkin Park's most well-known and critically acclaimed songs, "Numb" topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 12 weeks.[3] 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 number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of April 2020, the song has over 1.3 billion views and 8 million likes on YouTube.

The song was remixed as "Numb/Encore", a collaboration between the band and rapper Jay-Z. It was a massive hit for both artists that was featured on the album Collision Course and earned them the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "Numb" was ranked number 95 on Rhapsody's list of the "Top 100 Tracks of the Decade".[4]

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

Music video[edit]

Directed by band member Joe Hahn, the indoor scenes of the music video are set in St. Vitus 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.[5]

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.

In November 2018, the song became the band's first video to reach over one billion views on their YouTube channel. As well as the second rock song, following Guns N' Roses' "November Rain" that succeed in July 2018. The Linkin Park fanbase made it their goal to surpass it as a tribute to the band's late frontman, Chester Bennington, who passed away in July 2017.

Commercial 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 number 11 on the US 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 number 15 in the alternative songs decade end chart. As of June 2014, the song has sold 2,036,000 copies in the US.[6] The song re-entered at #35 in July 2017 after the suicide of Chester Bennington, all together with "In the End" charting at number 37 and their new song "Heavy" peaking at number 45.

The song was also successful in Oceania, peaking at number 10 in Australia and number 13 in New Zealand. "Numb" is also their longest running single in France, spending 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 19; it was also successful in Greece, topping the singles chart. However, it only ranked for one week in Italy and on the Belgian Singles Chart.[7] In the UK, the song peaked at number 14 and stayed for only 6 weeks on the chart, being less successful than its two preceding singles.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Linkin Park.

Part 1
2."From the Inside" (Live)2:55
3."Numb" (Video) 

All tracks are written by Linkin Park.

Part 2
2."Easier to Run" (Live)3:22
3."Faint" (Video) 

All tracks are written by Linkin Park.

Australian Maxi single
2."From the Inside" (Live)2:55
3."Easier to Run" (Live)3:22

In other media[edit]


Charts and certifications[edit]


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