Why Linkin Park Reaching One Billion Streams With ‘In The End’ Is A Big Deal

Linkin Park just hit a monumental milestone. The band’s larger-than-life single ‘In The End’ officially joins the one billion streams club. This is a huge deal for any artist, but this is especially true for the Hybrid Theory creators. Here are three reasons why Linkin Park have made history by reaching one billion plays on Spotify.

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#1 – Not Many Songs Ever Reach One Billion Streams

Only a little over 100 songs have reached this milestone; this includes all artist, all genres, and all time periods (as long as they are on Spotify). Most songs that have reached these numbers are predictable. Songs such as Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You or The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights top the list. Additionally, Post Malone and Justin Bieber each have seven songs with over one billion plays. These numbers make sense for the highly successful pop acts of the Spotify-era. Linkin Park however, released In The End back in 2000.

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#2 – Most Songs With One Billion Streams Are More Recent

As previously mentioned, most songs with over one billion streams are from modern mainstream successful pop acts. Linkin Park is not only one of the few acts from the 2000’s to reach this milestone, but they are the fourth oldest act to do so period. Eminem has two songs that have reached one billion streams; those being Lose Yourself and ‘Till I Collapse. Additionally, The Killers’ scene classic Mr. Brightside also reached these tremendous heights. However, the previously mentioned tracks all released after Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. As of writing, Linkin Park now has the fourth oldest song to ever reach one billion streams (and the oldest one counting this millennium onward). The only three songs with a billion streams that pre-date the release of Hybrid Theory are Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’, and Oasis’ Wonderwall. These three songs are timeless tracks that nearly everyone knows. For Linkin Park to follow up to such classic songs is a true testament to the band’s success. To think a nu-metal act of the 2000’s can stand along side Queen is mind-blowing. Which brings us to our last point.

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#3 – No Other Nu-metal Track Has Reached One Billion Streams

This is a huge deal for any artist, but this is especially true for an alternative act. While Nu-metal did reach pop level heights in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, no one ever thought songs from that era could achieve such timeless accolades. Nu-metal was cool to hate for awhile, and it was believed that the fad would go as it came. Linkin Park prove that the fad never really died, at least not in the hearts of the fans.

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No other nu-metal track has reached this milestone as of writing; not even Korn, the Godfathers of Nu-metal have a track above 300,000,000 streams. While it is definitely not a contest, especially in the eyes of alternative bands, it is still interesting to compare this data. Even if you consider Linkin Park a hard rock band or a traditional metal band, they are still the first to achieve this milestone. I do not believe that any “hard” band has reached these heights. We look forward to seeing what other bands that represent the metal scene reach one billion streams.

Linkin Park is a timeless band that we will truly remember forever. Rest in peace Chester Bennington. You are immortalized by your music.

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