‘In the End’ by Linkin Park Passed a Billion YouTube Views and Was Recently Covered by 266 Musicians Around the World


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Without the crossover success of “In the End,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 — there’s a chance Linkin Park would not have become a powerhouse rock band in the early 2000s.

The band‘s debut record, Hybrid Theory, was just innovative enough at the time to earn the group (fronted by the emotionally-tinged vocals of late vocalist Chester Bennington) abundant mainstream success, but without that single — one of the tracks released from the album, in addition to “One Step Closer” and “Crawling” — the band may have had a tougher time cracking the global music scene.

Now, two decades later, “In the End” is a vital snapshot of music at the turn of the century, whether you’re a fan or not. And on July 3, the official music video for the song  passed one billion views on YouTube, the group’s second to do so (the first being “Numb”).

To further express the global appeal of “In the End,” here’s a new video uploaded to the internet from RocknMob, which describes itself on YouTube as “orchestra of more than 70 musicians: drummers, guitarists, bass-guitarists, keyboardists, singers and who knows, maybe somebody else!”

Normally, RocknMob sets up huge outdoor group performances of a single song, but with the COVID-19 pandemic having nixed that possibility these days, this was a virtual collaboration between 266 different musicians in 35 different countries. The result is a slickly edited and very impressive #QuarantineMob video that does the song significant justice:

The video earned a shout-out from the official Linkin Park Twitter account, so you know the rest of the band was impressed:

We’re approaching the third anniversary of the July 2017 passing of Bennington, which was a major loss to the rock music community — and both the “In the End” video surpassing a billion YouTube views and this RocknMob cover are a great way to pay tribute to one of the most passionate performers of the past few decades.


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