Somewhere I Belong

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"Somewhere I Belong"
Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong CD cover.jpg
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
B-side
  • "Step Up" (live)
  • "My December" (live)
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2003 (2003-02-24)
RecordedDecember 2002[1][2]
StudioSoundtrack (New York City)[2]
Genre
Length3:33
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Linkin Park
Producer(s)
  • Don Gilmore
  • Linkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Pts.OF.Athrty"
(2002)
"Somewhere I Belong"
(2003)
"Faint"
(2003)
Audio sample
Music video
"Somewhere I Belong" on YouTube

"Somewhere I Belong" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released to US radio on February 24, 2003, as the first single from their second studio album, Meteora (2003), and is the album's third track. It entered the top ten on several music charts, including the New Zealand Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 1 in April 2003.

Commercial performance[edit]

Warner Bros. Records officially released "Somewhere I Belong" to American rock radio formats on February 24, 2003.[7] The song debuted at No. 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100,[8] peaked at No. 32 during its 15th week on the chart, and remained on the listing until its 20th week.[9] It also topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts.[10][11] In Canada, the song reached the top five on the Canadian Singles Chart, peaking at No. 3.[12]

"Somewhere I Belong" was released in Australia and the United Kingdom on March 17, 2003.[13][14] In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 33 on April 6, 2003, and jumped to number one the following week, becoming Linkin Park's most successful single there.[15] It entered the top 10 in the Czech Republic,[16] Hungary,[17] Ireland,[18] and the United Kingdom,[19] and it was a top-20 success in Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden.[20] It additionally reached the top 40 in France and Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia).[21]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by the band's turntablist, Joseph Hahn. It presents the band playing the song in front of a fire, with occasional shots of Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda in front of a waterfall with what appears to be monks around them. The doors in what is supposedly Bennington's room have the Chinese characters for fire and water, which possibly represent the waterfall and burning fire behind Shinoda while rapping.

During the video, on a dresser sits several props, most notably, Master Grade Gunpla models of the MSN-04 Sazabi from Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, XXXG-00W0 Wing Gundam Zero (EW Version) from Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, and RX-78GP01-Fb Gundam "Zephyranthes" Full Burnern from Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory. At the last time they sing the chorus, the bed sets on fire, and forms the Hybrid Theory Soldier. Near the ending of the video, tall, long-legged, tusked creatures that were on a painting (reminiscent of Salvador Dalí's The Elephants and The Temptation of St. Anthony) behind Chester's bed march past, even at one point the creature paintings seemed to move before stopping again. It was awarded as Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards,[22] and was the first music video broadcast on Fuse TV. MTV's James Montgomery named the video as Linkin Park's fifth best, saying that while the video is "massive", he said "it's the minimal touches that make it one of their all-time best", and called the end result a "stirring, powerful piece".[23][24]

As of April 2022, the song has 240 million views on YouTube.[25]

Track listing[edit]

CD single

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Somewhere I Belong"Linkin Park3:33
2."Step Up" (live)
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
4:15
3."My December" (live)Shinoda4:27

7-inch vinyl

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Somewhere I Belong"Linkin Park3:33
2."Step Up" (live)
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
4:15

Personnel[edit]

Linkin Park

Production

  • Don Gilmore – producer
  • Linkin Park – producer

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[50] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[51] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Silver 200,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States February 24, 2003 (2003-02-24) Warner Bros. [53]
Australia March 17, 2003 (2003-03-17) CD [13]
United Kingdom [14]

In other media[edit]

References[edit]

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