Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” Rockets Up The Charts Thanks To ‘Stranger Things’


Legendary thrash metal band Metallica are enjoying a healthy chart resurgence for the title track to their 6x multi-platinum 1986 album, “Master Of Puppets“. That meteoric rise for the 36-year-old track was triggered by its appearance in the recently debuted finale of season 4 of Netflix hit series ‘Stranger Things‘.

Its inclusion served as a introduction to a whole new audience, propelling it to the top of the iTunes rock chart and also as of press time, #14 on the Spotify global top 50 most streamed tracks. Notably Kate Bush‘s 1985 single “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” sits atop that latter chart, thanks to being prominently featured in season 4 as well.

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The version of the track featured within the series featured some additional guitar tracking done by Tye Trujillo, son of Metallica bassist/vocalist Robert Trujillo. It appeared during *spoiler* a pivotal guitar battle between the show’s beloved metalhead Eddie Munson (played by Joseph Quinn) and the minions of the season’s big bad, Vecna.

Metallica themselves commented on their inclusion in the series on social media yesterday, July 05th, offering:

“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include Master Of Puppets in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it. We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away…it’s so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that?

It’s an incredible honor to be such a big part of Eddie’s journey and to once again be keeping company with all of the other amazing artists featured in the show.”

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