Any order? You sure about that? #5 Linkin Park | Crawling | 8.569 (+0.013 average / +0.2 points) Highest: 11x1 (@berserkboi) 10x4 (@livefrommelbs, @If You Go, @unnameable, @WowWowWowWow) Lowest: 5x1 (@Ironheade) 6x1 (@CorgiCorgiCorgi) Album: Hybrid Theory - 2000 *album winner is In the End* Charting: 16 79 This won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. At the time, Mike wasn't too clear on what the award meant, thinking it was akin to best rock song. Later, he understood it referred to the studio performance, which, he told Kerrang in 2020, was entirely due to Bennington's vocals. "His vocal in that song, it was even hard for him to do some nights on tour, and it's impossible for anybody else to sing it that well," he said. "Every other cover of it is a mere shadow of the Chester performance of the song." The video was nominated for Best Rock video on MTV's Video Music Awards. It lost to Limp Bizkit's "Rollin." Chester told Rolling Stone magazine 2002: "The song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don't say 'you' at any point. It's about how I'm the reason that I feel this way. There's something inside me that pulls me down." Chester claimed it was hard to perform this song live due to his own personal experience similar to the problems in the song. He felt as though his past drug addiction, to crystal meth and other hard drugs such as cocaine, was literally under his skin. In an interview he said: "'Crawling' has caused me the most trouble live more than any other song. 'Crawling' is about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol." He also called it "the most literal song lyrically I'd ever written for Linkin Park." Chester explained in a 2001 interview how the song relates to self-esteem issues: "In a song like 'Crawling,' we are talking about self-consciousness or the lack of self-confidence. That's a big part of that song because when you get into those situations with a lot of people looking at you, you find faults in yourself and you get nervous and want to change them. Things like that are really charged topics to be talking about, and when we started to write lyrics we found ourselves energized and interested in writing these songs and going after them with a lot of intensity. Sitting in front of a computer thinking about the crap you did before you go to bed, that you thought you could have done better – that will freak you out sometimes." Brad Delson, the band's lead guitarist, said this song is an example of how Bennington's vocal talent helped Linkin' Park improve their songwriting. He told Madison.com: "What happened when Chester joined the group, we moved from 'Hey, these are the kind of singing parts we want,' to 'Wow, these are singing parts that we never even thought of,' because his range and versatility are such that, like 'Crawling,' who would think to write that melody? You couldn't because there are very few people in the world that could probably sing that. So that's an example of when I say he really expanded our writing ability in the sense that he has such a range vocally. He really was kind of the final piece of the puzzle, and he brings vocal talent that, when we were looking for a second vocalist, we didn't see anything close to his talent in anybody else." Cover versions have been performed over the years by the bands Coldplay's Chris Martin, Staind's Aaron Lewis, 30 Seconds to Mars's Jared Leto, New Years Day, Dream State, and Bad Wolves. At the 2017 Linkin Park: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington show this was played by the band with Oliver Skyes of Bring Me the Horizon on vocals and DJ/producer Zedd filling in on drums. Commentary @DominoDancing - 7.5 - I could rate this higher simply because it's a bit of an early Linkin Park classic, but the shouty one-note chorus always felt a bit flat. Yeah, it was never this huge favorite of mine from the on-set (8), but I always liked it well enough. I get that it's this huge Chester showpiece, but at the same time it wear thin rather quickly and starts to sound overbearing. @Maki - 9.5 - The chorus bangs hard. Impeccable production, too. Probably my favourite Linkin Park song featured here. @unnameable – 10 – I always loved the intro of gentle synths before Chester starts screaming. It's certainly a memorable way to kick things off, that's for sure. @livefrommelbs - 10 - Numb's spiritual and musical sister. Covers some serious subject matter with gusto, and is a powerful showcase for Chester's soft and hard vocals. It's a bit better than Numb, but yes they're definitely a pair. @WowWowWowWow — 10 — during the 3 weeks that I once thought I had the talent to become a mashup artist, I made one called “Crawling In The Sandstorm”… which was exactly what it sounds like. Well, mostly just the chorus over the chorus. It actually was good. Nothing compared to “Like I Love His Kiss” though, with Cher’s The Shoop Shoop Song over Justin Timberlake’s debut solo single. Oh, 2002. That sounds...incredible actually. @berserkboi - 11 - The song that got me into Linkin Park and the genre at large. The perfect blend of chaos and melody. Chester’s performance and the lyrics are harrowing! It's truly unsettling to now go back and see the background for some of Chester's earlier lyrics and imagine the pain inside of that man. R.I.P. Songs "Krwlng" from Reanimation. Next: A 4 point+ jump in scores and above 8.8 average. #4 and #3 are close and then #2 and #1 establish another level entirely by themselves.