Remember The Name

Album: The Rising Tied (2005)
Charted: 66

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about what an artist has to go through to make it big in the music business.
  • According to Mike Shinoda, the chorus of the song is literally "breaking down the science of music." >>
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    Destiny - Toronto, Canada, for above 2
  • Did you spot Shinoda's dodgy math in the lyrics?

    This is 10% luck
    20% percent skill
    15% percent concentrated power of will
    5% percent pleasure
    50% percent pain
    And 100% reason to remember the name


    Shinoda is obviously intending all those items to add up to 100 percent to "remember the name," but because the musician uses the word "and," technically his lyrics add up to 200 percent.

    Someone did spot the less-than-correct math and called out Shinoda on Twitter. The Linkin Park vocalist responded by claiming artistic license.

    "'And 100%' sounded better than 'that's 100%,'" he replied.

Comments: 8

  • AnonymousThe Math Is correct, it’s just multiplied by 2. If you want to make it add up to 100%, simply divide by two.
  • Bridget from CoWell, I looked up the definition of "dodgy math" and it looks like it means to break rules in mathematics. Or maybe Shinoda's just very good at math. Either way, I'm shocked.
  • Bridget from CoI still don't get the lyrics! This is awesome, though. I like how he did the math adding up to "And 100% reason to remember the name." I don't know if I could choose the numbers and I'm pretty good at math. But oh well.
  • Robert from Austin, TxThis has to be one of my most favorite songs. I usually don’t like pop songs or rap but this isn’t bad or horrible it is awesome. Every time I here it I get really pumped up. I feel like I could take on on anything. I love this song. Nothing is better. I do gymnastics and I probably will start thinking about this song.
  • Fabio from New Orleans, LaSo, I was recently labeled an overachiever, and the part of this song where it says:
    Forget Mike - Nobody really knows how or why he works so hard
    It seems like he's never got time
    Because he writes every note and he writes every line
    And I've seen him at work when that light goes on in his mind
    It's like a design is written in his head every time
    Before he even touches a key or speaks in a rhyme
    And those motherf--kers he runs with,
    The kids that he signed?
    Ridiculous, without even trying,
    How did he do it?!

    And it just feels like I'm not trying to overachieve, I just do. So, this is telling me that I'm on the right track to becoming an artist. I just need some luck, a bit more skill, transform it from some of my concentrated power of will, lessen my pleasure, increase my pain, then they will all remember my name.
  • Roy from Pitcher, Nythis song is one of the best even eniman is not this hot .
  • Austin from Portland, OrI love this song. I play baseball and everytime i go up to bat i think of the chorus of this song. if i rated it from 1-10 i'd give it a 5,000,000,004. Motivating song. Deterninating song. love it. My favorite song by my favorite band
  • Jarod from Las Vegas, NvTalking about a guy that's really good at making music.

    The chorus has been claimed by many walks of life... athletes, soldiers, businessmen, and just average everyday people, going through their struggles, because it speaks of pure determination.
    I have to say that the entire atmosphere of this song is motivating as hell.
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