"In the End" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park, from their debut album Hybrid Theory (2000). The song was released in November 21, 2001 as the fourth and final single from Hybrid Theory. The song was written by the band and produced by Don Gilmore. The concept of "In the End" is about one person's failure, although the song can also symbolize broken trust in friendships and relationships.
"In the End" was received positive reviews from music critics, with most reviewers complimenting the song's signature piano riff, as well as noting rapper Mike Shinoda's vocal prominence in the song. "In the End" also achieved mainstream popularity, and was a commercial success upon release. The song reached the top ten of numerous worldwide music charts and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's highest peak on the chart, as well as their first song that peaked within the Top 40. It also reached number one on the Z100 Top 100 songs of 2002 countdown. This song also ranked at #121 in Blender magazine's The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born. The song is Billboard's second most played rock song of the decade.