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
  • "Step Up" (Live)
  • "My December" (Live)
Released March 17, 2003
Recorded 2002
Length 3:33
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Linkin Park
  • Don Gilmore
  • Linkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Somewhere I Belong"
"Somewhere I Belong"
Meteora track listing
"Don't Stay"
"Somewhere I Belong"
"Lying from You"
Audio sample
Music video
"Somewhere I Belong" on YouTube

"Somewhere I Belong" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the first single from their second studio album Meteora and is the album's third track. It entered the top ten on the majority of the charts on which it appeared.

Chart performance[edit]

"Somewhere I Belong" was officially released to U.S. radio on March 18, 2003. The song reached the top thirty on the Hot 100 Airplay, and the following week it debuted at No. 47 on the Hot 100, the official U.S. chart. The song peaked at number thirty-two in its fifteenth week and remained on the chart until its twentieth week. The song entered the top ten on the majority of the Billboard charts on which it appeared. It proved to be highly popular on rock radio, it reached number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks charts. It was listed at No. 24 in the Alternative Songs decade end chart.

In Canada, "Somewhere I Belong" was officially released to radio in March 2003. The song reached the top five on the Canadian Singles Chart where it peaked at No. 3. "Somewhere I Belong" is one of the highest charted Linkin Park songs in Canada.

The song was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand in May 2003. "Somewhere I Belong" peaked at number ten in the UK Singles Chart. Although Linkin Park reached number one in New Zealand and the top ten in the Ireland, Japan and Canada, it was a moderate top twenty success in Germany, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. "Somewhere I Belong" reached the top forty in France and Belgium in early 2003.

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 (which reminds 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,[2] 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".[3][4][5]

Track listing[edit]

CD single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somewhere I Belong" Linkin Park 3:33
2. "Step Up" (Live)
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson
3. "My December" (Live) Shinoda 4:27

7-inch vinyl

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somewhere I Belong" Linkin Park 3:33
2. "Step Up" (Live)
  • Shinoda
  • Hahn
  • Delson

In other media[edit]


Linkin Park


  • Don Gilmore – producer

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australia Singles Chart[7] 18
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 16
Belgium Singles chart[7] 33
Brazil (ABPD)[8] 2
Canadian Singles Chart[9] 3
Finnish Singles Chart[7] 14
France Singles Chart[7] 32
German Singles Chart[7] 12
Irish Singles Chart[7] 4
Italian Singles Chart[7] 14
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 16
New Zealand Chart[7] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[7] 12
Polish Singles Chart[10] 1
Spain Singles Chart 17
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 19
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 15
UK Singles Chart[7] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 32
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[9] 1
Chart (2017) Peak
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[11] 58
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[12] 90
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[13] 9


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,037,000[citation needed]


  1. ^ Tom Sinclair (March 28, 2003). "Meteora". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ 2003 MTV Music Video Awards
  3. ^ Montgomery, James (2 October 2011). "Does Linkin Park's 'The Catalyst' Rank Among Their Best Videos?". MTV. 
  4. ^ "Somewhere I Belong (Official Video) on Youtube".  from the Warner Bros. Records Youtube Channel
  5. ^ "Somewhere I Belong (Official Video) on Youtube".  from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel
  6. ^ Mark Levin Fan
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "World Chart History - Linkin Park". Chart Data - Linkin PARK. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d Linkin Park. "Linkin Park - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  12. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  13. ^ "Linkin Park – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Linkin Park. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  15. ^ "American certifications – Linkin Park – somewhere I belong". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 

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