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No. 10: Linkin Park, ‘Hybrid Theory’ – Best Debut Hard Rock Albums

Linkin Park, 'Hybrid Theory'

In the late 90s, a SoCal band named Xero was looking for their big break and it came with the addition of co-vocalist Chester Bennington. Two name changes later and Linkin Park was born. Arriving as the nu metal craze was at its height, the band perfectly blended Mike Shinoda‘s rapping with Bennington’s primal screams and their debut disc ‘Hybrid Theory’ became a huge hit.

First came the powerful ‘One Step Closer,’ followed by the Grammy-winning single ‘Crawling,’ the beat-driven ‘Papercut’ and the mid-tempo ‘In the End.’ Plus the album generated such non-single favorites as ‘Runaway,’ ‘Points of Authority’ and ‘A Place in the Head.’

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