One Step Closer (Linkin Park song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"One Step Closer"
CD Single
CD Single
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Hybrid Theory
  • "My December"
  • "High Voltage"
ReleasedAugust 29, 2000[1]
RecordedLos Angeles, California
StudioNRG Studios
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Linkin Park
Producer(s)Don Gilmore
Linkin Park singles chronology
"One Step Closer"
Music video
"One Step Closer" on YouTube

"One Step Closer" is a song by American nu-metal band Linkin Park, released as the debut single and second track of their debut album, Hybrid Theory.[4]

A remixed version of the song entitled "1Stp Klosr", featuring Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, was featured on Linkin Park's remix album, Reanimation. In 2021, Linkin Park released a new remix of the song by electronic duo 100 gecs.[5]

The song was mashed up with another song by the band from Hybrid Theory, "Points of Authority", and a collaboration of the song "99 Problems" from The Black Album by Jay-Z on the EP Collision Course.

Live performances[edit]

In 2001, Linkin Park performed "One Step Closer" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.[6]

Until 2007, Linkin Park closed every concert with "One Step Closer", excluding Live 8, and their live performances at Summer Sonic. In 2007, Linkin Park played "One Step Closer" toward the beginning of their live performances and sometimes at the end. The song is always played in Drop C#. In 2008, they ended some of their shows with either "One Step Closer" or "Bleed It Out". In 2009, every show they played was ended with "One Step Closer", excluding the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen premiere.

During the 2001 MTV VMA performance of the song, the band had the X-Ecutioners do an extended break before the bridge. This part was somewhat similar to the atmosphere on the remix, with synth parts and faint vocal parts being scratched.

From 2003 to 2006, performances of the song include a verse originally sung by Jonathan Davis in the Reanimation remix of the song before the "Shut up when I'm talking to you!" bridge, which can be heard on LP Underground 4.0. At the end of the verse, Davis repeats the line "Blood is pouring" while the song builds up to the bridge. During the Projekt Revolution 2004 Tour, as Korn was part of the tour's line up, Davis would come out to sing his part on the song before Chester Bennington starts screaming his part.

On several of these occasions, Mike Shinoda would sing "Blood is pouring" under Bennington's screaming during this part, as was done by Jonathan Davis on the remix. This was half-done on the performance at 2004's Rock am Ring (in that Shinoda only sung the part during the second half of the bridge) and fully done on performances during 2003 and 2004's Projekt Revolution tours (along with Davis on the 2004 tour), which was completely recorded and included as a B-side on the "Faint" single and is available as a bonus track for Reanimation when purchased on iTunes. On the single cover, it is called "One Step Closer (Reanimated Live)". It can also be heard on the Live from Nottingham Rock City 2003 Live from Nottingham record. During the 2006 live performances in Japan, the Reanimation bridge was played with the main riff of the song.

During the band's 2007 tour, "One Step Closer" became the opening song of Linkin Park's performances, and the Reanimation verse was removed. It also featured a new, extended intro featuring Shinoda on rhythm guitar. In 2008, it had a new extended outro, and sometimes it was performed as the last song.

For the 2009 International Tour, the song was used as the final song of setlists, with an extended outro featuring a guitar solo by Shinoda while Brad Delson played an extended rhythm section during the solo. On the A Thousand Suns World Tour onward, the songs served as the last song in certain setlists. In others, the song closed off the main set instead.

The tours for The Hunting Party and One More Light (in 2014-2015 and 2017 respectively), however, consistently placed the song mid-set instead of closing either the main set or the show. On the One More Light World Tour, the song was performed with a brand new extended intro based on the Gunshot Intros, particularly the 2007 Intro.

On October 27, 2017, during the Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, Jonathan Davis performed the song again with the remaining Linkin Park members alongside Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh of Julien-K and Dead by Sunrise. The performance retained the 2017 Intro, but the extended outro was not played for the first time since 2008.

Music video[edit]

Joe Hahn of Linkin Park and director Gregory Dark came up with the concept for the video. The original version of the video was supposedly meant to be live footage of the band with fans (similar to their music video for "Faint").

Directed by Dark[7] and shot in Los Angeles, sixty-three feet underground in the abandoned Hollywood Subway underneath Bunker Hill, the video begins with a group of teenage friends hanging out around a dark alley. Two of them (the male is played by local LA artist Tony "TonyMech" Acosta) follow a strange man wearing a black hooded robe into a door which leads them to a dark, misty room where the band is playing. Monk-like men are performing martial arts moves throughout the video. Midway through the song, they knock over a crate, startling the monk-like men, and then flee the tunnel. Eventually, the strange man appears at the end of the video. While Bennington screams the song's bridge, he is also upside-down as if gravity is inverted for him.[8]

Stand-in bassist Scott Koziol can be seen playing with the band. Mike Shinoda sings some of the lines, although he does not sing on the record.

"One Step Closer" is the only Linkin Park music video to be filmed with SD cameras[citation needed], which can be seen in 480p and is available in the US exclusively on the Warner Bros. Records YouTube channel.

As of March 2024, the music video for "One Step Closer" has over 176 million views on YouTube.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Maxi single (Europe, Australia)
1."One Step Closer"Linkin Park2:39
2."My December"Mike Shinoda4:21
3."High Voltage"3:45
4."One Step Closer" (Video)Linkin Park2:55
10" vinyl (UK), cassette (UK), cardboard sleeve CD (Europe)
1."One Step Closer"Linkin Park2:39
2."My December"Shinoda4:21
100 gecs remix
1."One Step Closer" (100 gecs Reanimation)Linkin Park2:21
Early promo CD
1."Plaster" (David Kahne Mix 1 of 4)Linkin Park2:36
US promo
1."One Step Closer" (Album Version)Linkin Park2:36
2."One Step Closer" (Rock Mix)Linkin Park2:36
One-track promo (US, UK)
1."One Step Closer"Linkin Park2:39
Humble Brothers Remixes promo CD
1."One Step Closer" (Humble Brothers Remix Extended)Linkin Park6:13
2."One Step Closer" (Humble Brothers Remix FM Radio)Linkin Park3:12
3."One Step Closer" (Humble Brothers Remix LP)Linkin Park2:35


Credits adapted from AllMusic for original release only.[10]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[30] Gold 35,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 600,000
United States (RIAA)[32] Platinum 1,000,000

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Ref.
United States August 29, 2000
September 28, 2000 CD
United Kingdom January 13, 2001
United States February 20, 2001 Contemporary hit radio


  1. ^ a b "Going For Adds". Radio & Records. August 25, 2001. p. 104, 108, 116.
  2. ^ Green, Chris (25 June 2015). "Linkin Park have launched a venture capital brand, but can such a company ever be rock n' roll?". The Independent. Archived from the original on 2022-05-24. (June 25, 2015). Retrieved on October 11, 2015
  3. ^ Diver, Mike (September 6, 2009). "Top Ten - Nu-Metal Anthems". Clash. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Blisten, Jon (January 8, 2021). "100 Gecs Turn Linkin Park's 'One Step Closer' Into Wild Genre Collage". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  6. ^ Chapstick, Kelsey (October 24, 2019). "SEE LINKIN PARK PLAY EXPLOSIVE "ONE STEP CLOSER" ON 'CONAN' IN 2001". Revolver. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  7. ^ "One Step Closer - Linkin Park | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "One Step Closer (Official Video) on YouTube". YouTube. from the Warner Bros. Records YouTube Channel
  9. ^ Linkin Park (March 5, 2007). "One Step Closer [Official HD Music Video] - Linkin Park". YouTube. Retrieved November 9, 2022.
  10. ^ "Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park - Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 12, 2020. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  11. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts.
  14. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer". Top Digital Download.
  15. ^ "Tipparade-lijst van week 15, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  16. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  18. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  21. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 21, 2020.
  22. ^ "Linkin Park Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  23. ^ "Linkin Park Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  24. ^ "Linkin Park Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  25. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  26. ^ "Linkin Park – One Step Closer". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  27. ^ "Linkin Park Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  28. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association.
  30. ^ "Italian single certifications – Linkin Park – One Step Closer" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "2021" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "One Step Closer" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli" under "Sezione".
  31. ^ "British single certifications – Linkin Park – One Step Closer". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 17, 2023.
  32. ^ "American single certifications – Linkin Park – One Step Closer". Recording Industry Association of America.
  33. ^ award&ar=Linkin+Park&ti=One+Step+Closer#search_section "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  34. ^ "New Releases - For Week Starting January 15, 2001" (PDF). Music Week. January 13, 2001. p. 22. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  35. ^ "CHR/Pop:Going For Adds". Radio & Records. February 16, 2001. p. 43.