Minutes to Midnight

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Angst-ridden rock is dark and depressing.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 75 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

All over the map -- alternately pissy and poignant.


Some violent imagery, mostly in the context of personal angst.


"F--k" (and its derivations) is used often in one song.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the band likes to say "f--k" quite a bit in one song, and there are many subtle (and not so subtle) references to the "Three D's" (Depression, Destruction, and Death) on this earnest, enjoyable album. Words associated with death ("hearse," "noose," "hand grenade") are used in the context of personal revelation and interpersonal communication and not in terms of actually harming someone else.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byTakeshi kim March 30, 2013

Minutes to Midnight children age 14 and older can listen to it.

I love Linkin park,I grew up with them and listening to their amazing music.But when Minutes to Midnight album came it changed everything.Yes,it does have viole... Continue reading
Adult Written byHot Fuss March 17, 2012

MtM - A Linkin Park disappointment

Minutes to Midnight by Linkin Park is one of the best albums of 2007. However, there are many profanities and violent, depressing imagery in this 4-star album.... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 7, 2020

Suicidal lyrics in the best song.

This album is pretty good,but for younger kids you might wanna skip "Bleed It Out"I will state some of the deepest lyrics."Filthy mouth,no excuse... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBrandonBlack15 June 17, 2020


This album has all different types of music, if you want calm but powerful songs, Hands Held High, Leave Out All The Rest and Little Things Give You Away have y... Continue reading

What's the story?

MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, the title of Linkin Park's third album, refers to the Doomsday Clock, a concept cooked up by scientists to show how close, in imaginary \"minutes,\" the world is to nuclear destruction, aka \"midnight.\" Originally set to 11:53 p.m. in the 1940s, the clock has been pushed forward and reversed several times since, and now stands at 11:55 p.m. On this CD, Linkin Park seems to equate the concept of our civilization's current brink-of-annihilation status with the very personal concerns of angst-filled young adults. Consider lyrics like \"When my time comes/forget the wrong that I've done/help me leave behind some reasons to be missed\" (\"Leave Out All the Rest\").

Is it any good?

Aspiring young musicians will really enjoy the extra notes provided in the CD insert, explaining a little about the process of writing, recording, and producing each song. They'll also dig the excellent production and hard-rocking, hook-filled, heart-felt performances. "I'm giving up/I'm sick of living/Is there nothing you can say/take this all away/I'm suffocating/tell me what the f--k is wrong with me" (on "Given Up") may not be brilliant poetry, but it should resonate with teens wrestling with raging emotions in a sometimes scary world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using dramatic lyrics to get your point across. Do they make the songs sound more believable? Can you be less intense and still have the same effect? Families can also discuss the title of the album, which refers to the Doomsday Clock, created in 1947 to show how close (in imaginary "minutes") the world is to nuclear destruction. Why do you think the band chose this title? What can you, as one single person, do to help increase the minutes left until "midnight?"

Music details

  • Artist: Linkin Park
  • Release date: May 15, 2007
  • Labels: Warner Brothers, WEA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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