Chester Bennington was at the forefront of nu metal's brief affair with the pop charts in the early 2000s as the non-rap vocalist for Linkin Park, one of the era's most successful bands.

In a career spanning more than two decades and beginning with Linkin Park's first charted title, "One Step Closer," in September 2000, Bennington -- who died Thursday (July 20) in Los Angeles of an apparent suicide -- reigned as one of rock's defining voices in the new millennium. That extended to his non-Linkin Park projects, including a two-year stint as frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, in Scott Weiland's absence, as well as side project Dead by Sunrise. (Weiland died Dec. 3, 2015.)

Linkin Park's 11 No. 1s on Billboard's Alternative Songs airplay chart tie the band for the second most all-time (with Green Day) and mark the most leaders since 2000. Beyond its rock core, Linkin Park rode a wave of interest in nu metal and rap-rock in the early 2000s that saw the six-piece land multiple hits on the Billboard Hot 100, led by its top-performing song, "In the End," a No. 2 hit in 2002.

The band's Hot 100 run extended on through the 2000s, as it earned two more top 10s, "What I've Done" (No. 7, 2007) and "New Divide" (No. 6, 2009), both featured on the soundtracks for Michael Bay's Transformers films.

Even as Linkin Park turned two decades old, the group was still racking up Hot 100 hits. "Heavy," the lead single from the band's seventh studio album, this year's One More Light (a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200), peaked at No. 50 on the Hot 100 in June, marking the band's 23rd charted title on the ranking. The track, with Kiiara, also hit No. 16 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, becoming Linkin Park's highest-charting hit in more than nine years, and No. 22 on Alternative Songs. The group landed 10 Pop Songs entries, starting with "In the End," which reigned for five weeks in 2002.

Here are Chester Bennington's top 10 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100, all by Linkin Park:

1, "In the End," No. 2 peak, May 30, 2002

2, "Numb," No. 11, March 6, 2004

3, "What I've Done," No. 7, April 21, 2007

4, "New Divide," No. 6, June 6, 2009

5, "Shadow of the Day," No. 15, March 8, 2008

6, "Numb/Encore" (with JAY-Z), No. 20, Feb. 12, 2005

7, "Breaking the Habit," No. 20, Sept. 18, 2004

8, "Somewhere I Belong," No. 32, May 3, 2003

9, "Burn It Down," No. 30, May 5, 2012

10, "Waiting for the End," No. 42, Feb. 19, 2011