The music community received a devastating blow on July 20: the reported death of Chester Bennington, the frontman of Linkin Park. (Bustle reached out to a rep for Linkin Park for comment and to the LAPD, but did not receive an immediate response.) A voice like a Bennington's truly doesn't come around often. There is one Linkin Park song in particular that best showcases his other-worldly vocal talents. Prepare to have a good cry, because this song will serve as a worthy memorial for Bennington.
To be honest, it is really difficult to narrow the band's catalog down to just one song that displays the sheer range of Bennington's vocal abilities, but "Leave Out All The Rest", from Linkin Park's 2008 album Minutes To Midnight, also has the lyrics that will touch any true fan that is finding it hard to process this tragic news. The singer was well known for being able to seamlessly transition his voice from a raspy rockstar scream to a soft, melodic croon, and no song showcases this gift better than this particular Linkin Park tune does. Between the sweetness of Bennington's voice and the extremely relevant lyrics, it really is a prime example of why his talents and artistry will be extremely missed.
The song is full of poignant lines, like the chorus that could really read like a final wish to fans:
"When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done.
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed.
And don't resent me when you're feeling empty.
Keep me in your memory.
Leave out all the rest."
As a lifelong fan myself, I can sympathize with others who are finding it really tough to listen to Bennington's music today. But playing my favorite Linkin Park track also makes me thankful that we will always have his amazing voice and can keep honor him in this way. Thanks for that gift, Chester Bennington.