Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (2000)

Reason for Listening:
#99 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20201107). Weeks on Chart greater than 2x the rank.
Last Week: 74 | Peak: 2 | Weeks on Chart: 236
Billboard Listing: [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park - [below album cover]
Released 20001024.
12 songs. 37:45. Hybrid Theory (2000)
12+3 songs. 37:45+11:00. Hybrid Theory (Japan) (2000)
12+3 songs. 37:45+11:18. Hybrid Theory (Special Edition) (2000)
12+4 songs. 37:45+16:43. Hybrid Theory (iTunes) (2013)
12 & 20 & 12 & 18 & 12 & 6 songs.* 37:45 & 60:52 & 41:38 & 45:27 & 43:35 & 27:50.* Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)
*The discs are given in the following order: original album, Reanimation, B-Side Rarities, LPU rarities, Forgotten Demos, and Hybrid Theory EP.
First listen. 20th Anniversary Edition.
~Disc 1~ (original album)

4: "In the End";
3: "Crawling";
2: "Papercut"; "One Step Closer"; "Runaway";
1: "Points of Authority"; "Forgotten"; "Cure for the Itch";
0: "With You"; "By Myself"; "A Place for My Head"; "Pushing Me Away";

~Disc 2~ (Reanimation)
Notes and ratings can be found here: Reanimation.

~Disc 3~ (Hybrid Theory EP)
I thought about creating a separate post for this EP like I did for Reanimation. However, the original release of this EP was rare, and so I've decided to keep it as a section wthin this post instead.
There's some static which ends at 10-minutes before the hidden track, an instrumental, plays. ("Part of Me")

2: "Step Up"; "Ambient" (Hidden Track on 'Part of Me');
1: "High Voltage"; "Part of Me" (w/o Hidden Track);
0: "Carousel"; "Technique (Short)"; "And One";

~Disc 4~ (B-Side Rarities)

3: "In the End" (Live BBC Radio One);
2: "One Step Closer" (Rock Mix); "It's Going Down" by The X-Ecutioners ft. Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn; "High Voltage"; "Step Up" (1999 Demo); "My December"; "Papercut" (Live at Docklands Arena, London); "Buy Myself" (Marilyn Manson Remix);
1: "Papercut" (Live from the BBC);
0: "Points of Authority" (Live BBC Radio One); "A Place for My Head " (Live at Docklands Arena, London); "Points of Authority" (Live at Docklands Arena, London);

--20201118-- and --20201123--
~Disc 5~ (LPU rarities)
On 20201123, I added ratings for tracks 6 and on (I previously only rated tracks 1-5)

3: "In the End" (Demo);
2: "Dedicated" (1999 Demo); "With You" (Live at Docklands Arena, London); "High Voltage" (Live at Docklands Arena, London); "Coal" (Unreleased Demo 1997); "Forgotten" (Demo); "Pts.Of.Athrty" (Crystal Method Remix)
1: "Points of Authority" (Demo); "Oh No" ('Points of Authority' Demo); "Sad" ('By Myself' Demo 1999); "Hurry" (1999 Demo);
0: "Stick and Move" ('Runaway' Demo 1998); "Esaul" ('A Place for My Head' Demo); "Slip" (1998 Unreleased Hybrid Theory Demo); "So Far Away" (Unreleased 1998); "Chair" (1999 'Part of Me' Demo);
-1: "Blue" (1998 Unreleased Hybrid Theory Demo);

~Disc 6~ (Forgotten demos)

Twenty years have passed and the hits on this album are essentially just as good as they were back then. Unfortunately, I have no memory or record of listening to the entire Hybrid Theory album. In any case, I thought the original album here deserved a 5.2. To validate my rating, I tried to look for a highly rated album. I first looked for the self-titled San Fermin album, San Fermin. Unfortunately, it seemed I had yet to rate the album. Next I tried Talking is Hard, which I gave a 4.8 but at it's peak I might have given a 5.4 or a 5.6. In any case, both albums have 12 songs with Talking is Hard coming out slightly ahead with respect to individual song ratings: 2 / 5 / 3 / 1 / 1 (TiH) versus 4 / 3 / 3 / 1 / 1 (HT). Ultimately, this analysis in conjuction with my impression of the album led me to assign it a 5.0 rating.

"In the End" is consistently my favorite song (and it's their most popular song by the Billboard Hot 100 and Spotify standards as well. Speaking of Spotify, their most popular songs on Spotify which appear on Hybrid Theory are "In the End" (#1), "One Step Closer" (#5), "Crawling" (#7), and "Papercut" (#10). It so happens that these are also my top four on the album, though I like them in the following order: "In the End", "Crawling", "Papercut", "One Step Closer" (at least at the time of this post).

Overall Rating (original): 5.0/5
Favorite Song (original): "In the End"

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