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"Numb" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Meteora (2003), and is the thirteenth and final track on the album. One of Linkin Park's most well-known and critically acclaimed songs, "Numb" topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for 12 weeks.[3] The song spent six weeks at the top of the chart in 2003 and six weeks in 2004. The song also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of February 2019, the song has over 1.1 billion views and 6 million likes on YouTube. It is the oldest video on the website that has crossed the 1 billion views milestone.

Linkin Park - Numb CD cover.jpg
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
ReleasedSeptember 8, 2003
FormatCD single
Recorded2002 (New Orleans, Louisiana)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Linkin Park
  • Don Gilmore
  • Linkin Park
Linkin Park singles chronology
"From the Inside"
Audio sample
Music video
"Numb" on YouTube

The song was remixed as "Numb/Encore", a collaboration between the band and rapper Jay-Z. It was a massive hit for both artists that was featured on the album Collision Course and earned them the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. "Numb" was ranked number 95 on Rhapsody's list of the "Top 100 Tracks of the Decade".[4]

In January 2011, "Numb" was released in a Linkin Park DLC pack for Rock Band 3.


Music videoEdit

Directed by Joe Hahn, the indoor scenes of the music video are set in St. Vitus Cathedral[citation needed] in Prague, Czech Republic as are the outdoor scenes. The school interiors, the classroom, the corridor and the outside playground are set in Johannes Kepler Grammar School (Gymnázium Jana Keplera) in Prague. The bridge scenes were all shot on Prague's famed Charles Bridge. Due to vocalist Chester Bennington suffering from severe abdominal and back pains, the band's performance was filmed later in a matching cathedral in Los Angeles.

The video follows the domestic and social problems faced during a day in the life of an unpopular outcast young female student (portrayed by Briana Evigan). The girl apparently spends much of her time drawing pictures, revealing that she probably has dreams of becoming an artist. She is largely shunned and ridiculed at school, considering that when she is told off by the lecturer for drawing in class everybody laughs at her and teases her, when she trips on the stairs nobody stops to help her up, and that when she tries to join a group of girls at a lunch table they immediately get up and leave. There are also self-inflicted cut marks on her arms, which spell out "NUMB". During the song's climax, she is shown in her room, as she ties up her hair with a paintbrush, and throws paint at a canvas in anger. At the end, she runs into the church that the band was playing in, almost as if she heard them, only to find the church left behind empty.

Commercial performanceEdit

The track became one of Linkin Park's most critically acclaimed songs, as well as one of their most commercially successful, peaking at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on February 24, 2004, and spending 3 weeks on top of the Mainstream Rock Tracks and 12 weeks on top of the Modern Rock Tracks. "Numb" was the 33rd best performing single on the Hot 100 during 2004 and it was listed at number 15 in the alternative songs decade end chart. As of June 2014, the song has sold 2,036,000 copies in the US.[5] The song re-entered at #35 in July 2017 after the suicide of Chester Bennington, all together with "In the End" charting at number 37 and their new song "Heavy" peaking at number 45.

The song was also successful in Oceania, peaking at number 10 in Australia and number 13 in New Zealand. "Numb" is also their longest running single in France, spending 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 19; it was also successful in Greece, topping the singles chart. However, it only ranked for one week in Italy and on the Belgian Singles Chart.[6] In the UK, the song peaked at number 14 and stayed for only 6 weeks on the chart, being less successful than its two preceding singles.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

Part 1
2."From the Inside" (Live)2:55
3."Numb" (Video) 

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

Part 2
2."Easier to Run" (Live)3:22
3."Faint" (Video) 

All tracks written by Linkin Park.

Australian Maxi single
2."From the Inside" (Live)2:55
3."Easier to Run" (Live)3:22

In other mediaEdit

  • This song was used in a Pro Evolution Soccer game.
  • The song is used by English UFC fighter Paul Kelly and Brazilian fighter Demian Maia as an entrance song.
  • Nicki Minaj remixed the song for her debut mixtape, retitled as 'Encore '07'.
  • The Swedish metal band Dead by April released a cover of the song on YouTube after Chester's passing in 2017.[7]
  • Machine Gun Kelly covered the song on YouTube for Chester after his passing in 2017.


Charts and certificationsEdit


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