California thrash metal legends Metallica are reportedly gearing up to release a new album in 2021, which would coincide with their fortieth anniversary. Few bands have the enthusiasm to keep going as long as they have, and they have released an incredible body of work over the past four decades.
From the thrash banger head bangers of Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning to the melodic ballads of their self-titled album, Metallica has something for just about every type of music fan, and we’re here to count 10 of their best. singles according to Spotify.
10 Seek & Destroy (94,838,830 Listens)
The powerful thrash epic with which the band often closes their live shows, “Seek & Destroy” was a standout single from their first release, 1983’s Kill ‘Em All. A raw attack, driven by riffs, the track is a good example of the excellent dual guitar work of James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett.
Said to be the first song the band recorded in the studio, “Seek & Destroy” first appeared on the band’s No Life Til Leather demo. A song that would set the precedent for the entirety of the band’s production during the 1980s, it is one of Metallica’s most essential tracks.
9 Fade To Black (150,421,213 Listens)
Considered by some to be Metallica’s first powerful ballad, a style of music that was prominent in the genre at the time, “Fade to Black” was the first single from Metallica’s second album, 1984’s Ride The Lightning.
People say that a hymn about suicidal feelings, the track is one of the most dubious of Metallica’s early discography. Although it introduces a rising electric guitar riff in the second half, the song’s acoustic intro and the first solo are particularly melancholic. Featured on one of the band’s best releases, the popularity of this song should come as no surprise to Metallica fans.
8 Sad But True (151,880,654 Listens)
The fifth and last single featured on Metallica’s most commercially successful album, their 1991 self-titled release which fans most commonly refer to as “The Black Album,” “Sad But True” is said to be an indictment of blind faith in religion, a track that Hetfield would re-include on the same album. of the song “More holy than you”, as well as a statement about the the singer’s battle with alcohol addiction.
Although not as recognizable as some of the album’s other hits, it is a hard rock radio staple that almost every music fan will recognize, and is an example of what Metallica is capable of when in its best moment.
7 For Whom the Bell Tolls (188,832,134 Listens)
Yet another example of the exceptional quality of Metallica’s first four releases, “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” which first appeared on the 1984 album Ride The Lightning, is directly inspired by Earnest Hemmingway’s novel of the same name.
Starting with a sinister chime that is actually a drummer’s recording Lars Ulrich hitting an anvil, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” rumbles along with one of the most famous bass lines in metal. The song is a testament to the skills of the band’s late bassist Cliff Burton, who was tragically killed in a tour bus accident in 1986.
6 Whiskey In The Jar (192,736,206 Listens)
Released as part of Metallica’s 1998 album Garage Inc., which was a compilation of covers that didn’t include original material, “Whiskey In The Jar” is a bit strange. Starting out as a traditional Irish folk song, it is now perhaps most closely associated with the 1986 single by Irish folk group The Dubliners.
Metallica, of course, put their own spin on the classic song, infusing it with blunt, simple yet effective guitar riffs that came to typify the band’s style in the 90s. “Whiskey In The Jar” shows the versatility of the band. and indicates how willing they were to experiment with their sound at the time.
5 The Unforgiven (260,421,548 Listens)
Another of Metallica’s famous powerful ballads, “The Unforgiven” appears on the band’s eponymous 1991 release and is by far one of their most recognizable tracks. Along with “Nothing Else Matters”, “The Unforgiven” serves as a respite from some of the loudest and most punishing cuts on the album.
The track is famous for its soft, brooding chorus, which contrasts sharply with the heavier choruses heard on songs like “Fade To Black,” “Welcome Home Sanitarium,” and “One.” Of course, it’s still a powerful thrash masterpiece and seems totally limitless compared to certain tracks from the following Metallica albums.
4 One (266,785,165 Listens)
Released in 1998 through the effort of Metallica … And Justice For All, “One” is a standout track on what remains one of the band’s heaviest and most scathing album releases. With lyrics based on the 1938 pacifist novel written by Dalton Trumbo Johnny has his gun, “One” tells the story of a soldier’s suffering after the loss of his arms, legs, sight and hearing.
Featuring one of the most iconic opening segments in the band’s discography, “One” is a slow recording. However, things improve after the second chorus, eventually reaching a crescendo that ends with one of Kirk Hammett’s more melting solos.
3 Master Of Puppets (307,370,163 Listens)
Easily one of the most overwhelming tracks the band has ever composed, “Master of Puppets,” the title track of the band’s 1986 album, is a gripping eight-minute epic that never stops. From multiple screaming guitar solos to one of the heaviest opening riffs of all time, “Master of Puppets” remains a staple of Metallica’s discography.
A tale of challenging personal addictions likely inspired by Hetfield’s own struggles with alcoholism, “Master of Puppets” challenges listeners to face their fears head-on while turning things a bit more on the musical extreme.
2 Nothing else matters (571, 596,163 Listens)
The third single from Metallica’s 1991 self-titled release, “Nothing Else Matters” is easily one of the most recognizable rock songs of all time. With an extremely simple yet captivating open-note acoustic guitar riff, “Nothing Else Matters” is a powerful ballad to end all powerful ballads and, given the decline of glam metal in the early 90s, more or less it was.
Originally written by Hetfield while talking on the phone with his girlfriend, the track is said to be a kind of ode to their long-distance relationship. That said, it’s a rare anthem for metal fans.
one Enter Sandman (614,265,964)
The only Metallica single to have passed the 600 million mark on Spotify so far, “Enter Sandman” is probably the most recognized metal song in the history of the genre. With one of the bloodiest introductions in modern music, “Sandman” can make even the most staunch metal naysayers bang their heads.
Heard at least once during every sporting event since the early 1990s, “Enter Sandman” was the first single from Metallica’s 1991 self-titled release. Its infectious beat and caustic lyrics are unforgettable, and we imagine this track will remain relevant. during decades.
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