Linkin Park Albums In Order Of Release Date

Members of the Linkin Park during their prime wearing all black and staring at the camera
Members of the Linkin Park during their prime wearing all black and staring at the camera( Source : instagram )

Linkin Park Albums In Order of release dates are 1. Hybrid Theory 2. Meteora 3. Minutes to Midnight. Linkin Park is an American rock band.

Based in Agoura Hills, California, they are widely known for incorporating elements from various genres like hardcore rap, boisterous punk, atmospheric electronics, and even polished pop into their music.

As for their achievements, the iconic band has received multiple accolades including 2 Grammy Awards, 6 American Music Awards, and 2 Billboard Awards.

Currently classified as alternative rock, the band incorporated a mixture of heavy metal and hip-hop during their earlier days, while their recent music mostly features elements from electronic and pop. 

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Linkin Park Albums In Order Of Release Date

Album Name:Release Date
Hybrid TheoryOctober 24, 2000
MeteoraMarch 25, 2003
Minutes to MidnightMay 14, 2007
A Thousand SunsSeptember 13, 2010
Living ThingsJune 26, 2012
The Hunting PartyJune 13, 2014
One More LightMay 19, 2017

1. Hybrid Theory

Hybrid Theory album cover
Hybrid Theory album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record
US Sales10,500,000

Hybrid Theory is Linkin Park debut studio album. It was released on October 24, 2000, under the label Warner Bros. Record.

Four singles were released from the record, namely One Step CloserIn the EndCrawling, and Papercut which launched the rock band into mainstream popularity.

Although all four songs were very successful, In the End, earned much acclaim from the critics. It is still the band's most streamed track on Spotify raking in over 1.5 billion listeners.

Hybrid Theory went on to become a huge commercial success, being 12x Platinum Certified by the RIAA and selling over 4.8 million copies in the United States in 2001, making it the best-selling album of the year.

The album peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 and one of its singles Crawling won the Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002.

2. Meteora

Meteora album cover
Meteora album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record And Machine Shop
US Sales8,500,000

Meteora is the second album from the Alternative Rock group. It comprises elements of depressing emotions, anger, and recovery. 

Released in 2003, under the previous label, the album was led by the single Somewhere I Belong which debuted at No. 47 on US Billboard Hot 100.

The album itself debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 and secured the 36th spot in Billboard Top 200 Albums of the 2000s.

Just like its predecessor, the album achieved huge commercial success selling around 800,000 copies in its first week and being certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA.

Although praised by the general population, some critics mentioned its resemblance to its predecessor, deeming it sounded too similar.

Ultimately, Meteora was a major sensation during early 2000 with one of its singles, Session earning a nomination in the 46th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

3. Minutes to Midnight

 Minutes to Midnight album cover
Minutes to Midnight album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record And Machine Shop
US Sales3,300,000

Minutes to Midnight is the third studio album in the Linkin Park discography. The album saw a mixture of punk, classic rock, and hip-hop elements.

Released in 2007 through Warner Bros. Record, the album deviated from its predecessor's nu-metal leanings. It is also the group's first album to feature the Parental Advisory label.

The album found success commercially as it debuted at the no.1 spot on weekly US Billboard 200 and in 15 others nations.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics the album took on the 154th spot on Billboard Hot 200 Albums of the Decade and even got 5x Platinum certification in the US.

4. A Thousand Suns

A Thousand Suns album cover
A Thousand Suns album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record And Machine Shop
US Sales906,000

A Thousand Suns is the fourth studio album composed by the legendary band. It clocks in at 47:48 minutes making it the group's longest album to date.

A concept album fearing the global nuclear holocaust, it was led by the single The Catalyst which debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard Rock Songs chart.

The band addressed that the new album is a drastic shift from their old creations claiming that they tested it with fresh and different audio.

The release of the album divided the fanbase, but the majority of the reviews remained positive. The album debuted at the top spot on US Billboard 200 chart selling 241k copies in the first week.

Although the album sales went downhill compared to its predecessor, it still managed to receive multiple accolades including two 2011 Billboard Music Award nominations, and 2011 MTV Video Award nominations.

5. Living Things

Living Things album cover
Living Things album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record And Machine Shop
US Sales681,000

Living Things is the fifth album of the legendary rock band. It has a heavy emphasis on electronics and combined elements of their preceding albums.

Upon its release in June, the album debuted at the number-one spot on Billboard 200 charts, selling over 223,000 copies in the first week.

The album kicked off with its lead single Burn it Down which debuted at number 30 on US Billboard Hot 100 and solely sold over 115,000 copies in the initial week.

Other singles like Lost in the Echo, Powerless, and Castle of Glass also had a good run and consistently maintained the band's presence on international charts.

Met with mixed to positive reviews by the critics, the album received a 60/100 rating on Metacritic and was platinum certified by the RIAA in 2017.

6. The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party album cover
The Hunting Party album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record And Machine Shop
US Sales231,150

The Hunting Party was unveiled by Linkin Park as their sixth album in June 2014. The album was produced by band members Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson.

Infused with elements of the band's original punk and nu-metal, the band departed from the electronic rock and experimental sound which was found in its two earlier albums.

Featuring a guest appearance by Tom Morello, Rakim, Helmet's Page Hamilton, and Darion Malakian, it was a milestone for the band as it marked their first collaboration with other artists.

Although it never hit the number 1 spot on the U.S. charts, the album did secure the top spot on the weekly charts in 9 other countries.

The Hunting Party performed decent commercially, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week. Despite its comparatively low sales, the album was certified platinum in the US.

7. One More Light

One More Light album cover
One More Light album cover( Source : twitter )

Record LabelWarner Bros. Record And Machine Shop
US Sales270,000

One More Light is the final studio album released by the band. It was released a month before frontman Chester Bennington passed on July 20, 2017.

The album was accompanied by a drastic shift in its sound, having a clear pop trajectory and departing from alternative rock and metal from their preceding album.

It was also the consecutive album that featured guest appearances from solo artists like Stromzy, Pusha T, and Kiiara.

The album sold 111,000 copies in the initial week of release in the U.S. kicking off with its lead single Heavy featuring Kiiara on February 26, 2017.

Despite having mixed reviews, the band managed to do well commercially, becoming the fifth album to hit number one on U.S. Billboard 200 and debuting at the top spot in multiple countries.

Some FAQs

Is Linkin Park Releasing A New Album?

No, Linkin Park will not be releasing a new album anytime soon. 

How Many Album Have Linkin Park Sold?

Linkin Park has sold 70 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide.


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