Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ Enters Billboard Hot 100 for First Time Following ‘Stranger Things’ Placement

    Following its placement on Stranger Things, Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ has entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever, reaching No. 40 on the singles chart. Originally released in 1986, the title track from Metallica’s third album recently featured in the Stranger Things 4 finale. In the episode, titled ‘The Piggyback’, metalhead Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) shreds the song from the Upside Down (Tye Trujillo, the 17-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, recorded the actual guitar solo for the scene).

    Last week, Metallica released a statement about the song’s inclusion on the show. “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,” the band wrote on Instagram. “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?”

    Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, which has seen a resurgence after being prominently featured in the fourth season of Stranger Things, currently sits at No. 4 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the UK Singles Chart, 37 years following its debut.


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    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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