“Master of Puppets” enters the Top 100 for the first time
Well, that was quick – earlier today it was revealed that Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ had garnered 17.5 million streams last week since the last episodes of stranger things aired July 1, and now it’s entered Billboard’s Hot 100 graph for the first time.
Metallica is obviously a massive band and has a pretty large following, ranging from rock and metal fans to attendees at sporting events and more. They’ve had a total of 16 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (see their 10 highest-charting songs here), but they’ve never seen a single one reach the top of the chart.
Thanks to Stranger Things’ The epic Season 4 finale, which featured Eddie Munson shredding “Master of Puppets,” the track entered the Hot 100 for the first time – despite being around 36 years old. As the song continues to go viral because of the Netflix series, it could very well find its way to the top. Kate Bush’s 1985 single “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” steadily climbed the charts and went viral on TikTok following the show as well.
We will have to stay tuned and continue to monitor its success. Currently, Harry Styles’ “As It Was” resides at the top.
A few days ago, the educational music company Yousician reported an increase in customer interest in learning to play “Puppet Master”. Specifically, this interest has increased by 1,700% since July 1, when Munson’s heroic scene in the show’s finale was released to the world.
We would like to personally thank the stranger things creators for honoring rock and metal, a rare phenomenon in 2022.
If you’re trying to see Metallica tackle “Master of Puppets” live this year, check the tickets here for the handful of shows they have left.