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)
ReleasedMarch 17, 2003
Format
Recorded2002
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 on March 17, 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 the majority of the charts on which it appeared in.

Commercial 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 (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,[3] 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".[4][5][6]

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

In other media[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Linkin Park

Production

  • Don Gilmore – producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 13
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 33
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 23
Brazil (ABPD)[12] 2
Canada (Canadian Singles Chart)[13] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 14
France (SNEP)[15] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 4
Italy (FIMI)[17] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 12
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[21] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 15
UK (Official Charts Company)[14] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 32
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[13] 1
Chart (2017) Peak
position
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 58
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[26] 90
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[27] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[29] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[30] Platinum 1,000,000


|- class="sortbottom" style="text-align: center;" | colspan=3 | ^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone |}

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Sinclair (March 28, 2003). "Meteora". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ "Ranking Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit from Worst to Best". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  3. ^ 2003 MTV Music Video Awards
  4. ^ Montgomery, James (2 October 2011). "Does Linkin Park's 'The Catalyst' Rank Among Their Best Videos?". MTV.
  5. ^ "Somewhere I Belong (Official Video) on Youtube". from the Warner Bros. Records Youtube Channel
  6. ^ "Somewhere I Belong (Official Video) on Youtube". from Linkin Park's Youtube Channel
  7. ^ Mark Levin Fan
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d Linkin Park. "Linkin Park - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-01.
  14. ^ a b c "World Chart History - Linkin Park". Chart Data - Linkin PARK. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  17. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". Top Digital Download.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  19. ^ "Charts.nz – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". VG-lista.
  21. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |".
  22. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" Canciones Top 50.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". Singles Top 100.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong". Swiss Singles Chart.
  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. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201730 into search. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  27. ^ "Linkin Park Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  29. ^ "Italian single certifications – Linkin Park – Somewhere I Belong" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 15, 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Somewhere I Belong" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  30. ^ "American certifications – Linkin Park – Breaking the Habit". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 7, 2004.

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