Living Things Songs Ranked

Living Things is the fifth studio album by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released under Warner Bros. Records and Machine Shop Recordings on June 26, 2012, in Japan, and throughout the rest of the world during the following week. Production was handled by vocalist Mike Shinoda and Rick Rubin, who both co-produced the band’s previous two studio albums, Minutes to Midnight (2007) and A Thousand Suns (2010). Living Things would be their last album to be produced by Rubin & to be recorded at NRG Recording Studios. The lead single for the album, “Burn It Down”, was sent to radio and released to digital music retailers on April 16, 2012. Living Things debuted at number one on Billboard 200 with sales of 223,000 copies in the United States in its opening week. The second single for the album, “Lost in the Echo”, was released on October 19, 2012. The third single “Powerless” was released on October 31, 2012. The fourth and final single for the album, “Castle of Glass”, was released in its physical format on February 1, 2013. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA in August 2017. Here are all of Living Things’ songs ranked. Here are all of Living Things’ songs ranked.

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12. Tinfoil

“One more example of why I don’t understand Mr. Hahn’s not making his own solo instrumental album. Or at least get longer than 2 minutes in the spotlight. Appreciate the clarity in the music!”

11. Until It Breaks

“I’ve noticed that a lot of Mike’s rapping has become harder and harder to keep up with. This one and Lost in the Echo both have difficult lyrics to memorize, and I find myself listening rather than rapping/singing with him on tracks like these, unlike his parts on earlier songs. Just an observation as to their growing complexity. Rob’s guest singing knocks this above the 7 shelf into the 8s.”

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10. Victimized

“Follow the best track with the worst track on the album. So bad it’s the only track on the entire disc that I’ve skipped before because it’s just so much pointless noise. Thank you, “haters,” for making LP feel the need to appease you with this blend of an interesting mix of singing/rapping from Mike and an uninspired screaming chorus from Chester.”

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9. Skin to Bone

“Not a huge fan of this track in terms of lyricism, but I can’t ignore the instrumentation here (which is why I’m glad they released an instrumental version of this track).”

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8. Lies Greed Misery

“Lies Greed Misery may seem like a harsh-sounding song during your first hearing–and in a sense, that’s what this is. The fourth song of Living Things gives a sense of vengeance toward somebody who has caused great pain. I was so attracted towards this song that I listen many times in a day.”

7. Roads Untraveled

“Roads Untraveled almost made me cry. I say this and I’m not really one to allow a song–or any kind of media, for that matter–to take control over my emotions. Throughout the song’s course do we hear an alternation between piano and hard rock–in addition to the switches between Mike’s deep voice to Chester’s high-pitched sweet vocals. This song seems to show how those who are feeling as if they have no friends will eventually find themselves at peace.”

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6. I’ll Be Gone

“Another predicted favorite is the bone-chilling I’ll Be Gone. I don’t know what the intended theme of this tune is for sure but, from where I sit, it strikes me as being words of someone dying – possibly even someone committing suicide. If it’s either, I’d like to think it’s the former and not the latter”

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5. Powerless

“Powerless” closes the album in a beautiful, moving fashion, recalling how often times true, innocent love can be taken advantage of by evil in the world, but when the song ends with a massive sonic experience that draws to mind cathedrals (partially thanks to the repeating instrumental theme of organs that surfaces several times in the album) the listener is left feeling, oddly, empowered.”

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4. In My Remains

“This song seems to me like a continuation of Lost In the Echo–as it explains the promises broken in the last song–but in greater detail. Overall, I think this song is just as good as the first.”

3. Burn It Down

“After hearing the other tracks, I’m surprised this was the first single. Lost in the Echo implemented more of Mike’s rapping, which for the lapsed LP fans, I think might have drawn them back into the fold better than this one. Not to say this is a bad song. Not by a long shot. The only other drawback this track has, in my opinion, is its placement on the album; it has a very similar sound/tempo to In My Remains – I often transpose the lyrics from IMR onto this one. Something they might have been able to avoid had they put a little more time into this album as a whole.”

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2. Castle of Glass

“Just an amazing song. It’s not a bad catchy song, it’s catchy because the combination of the sound, vocals and lyrics/meaning is just perfectly in sync. It is literally mesmerizing and it is interesting to see Linkin Park experimenting with a variety of things because they seem to make everything- any mood, any sound, any type of music just amazing.”

1. Lost in the Echo

“Lost In the Echo as the first song of the album–does its job well in introducing us to the rest of Living Things. The song gradually builds up from an electronic beat to rap and finally to the rock-and-roll we’ve come to love and know with this band. From what I’m able to understand, this song talks about how somebody has been betrayed by a good friend–and are leaving that former friend forever.”