Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ surpasses 1 billion Spotify streams

Congratulations are in order Metallica, as their most streamed song on Spotify, “Enter Sandman,” has surpassed one billion streams. It’s rarefied air, especially in the world of rock, where the songs that have reached the mark are still relatively minimal.

Metallica now joins the ranks AC/DC (“Highway to Hell”, “Back in Black”, “Thunderstruck”), arctic monkeys (“Do I want to know?”), Bon Jovi (“Living on a prayer”), Fleetwood Mac (“Dream”), Trip (“Don’t Stop Believin'”), Linkin Park (“In the End” and “Numb”), Lynyrd Skynyrd (“Sweet Home Alabama”), Maneskin (“Beggin'”), Nirvana (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”), Oasis (“Wonderwall”), Panic! at the disco (“Great Hopes”), Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Under Pressure”), Radiohead (“Creep”), Red Hot Chili Peppers (“Under the Bridge” and “Californication”), The killers (“Mr. Brightside”), The police (“Every Breath You Take”), The white stripes (“Seven Nation Army”), and Twenty one pilots (“Stressed Out”, “Ride” and “Heathens”) as rock and metal acts represented in 1 billion streams club.

“Enter Sandman” was originally featured on Metallica’s 1991 self-titled ‘Black Album’. The song hit #10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart and crossed over to hit #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been certified as a physical gold single in the US and a triple platinum digital single. It also says as sixth most performed song in the band’s live history and has been covered by Motorhead, Foo Fighters, Volbeat, John 5, Apocalyptica and more.

Reflecting on the song’s history, Jason Newsted once said that he felt the track was “a bit corny“, but admitted there was no denying its influence on the band and the music-listening world.

“Our softest song ever took down the biggest walls to allow our hardest song ever to penetrate the world. When it was #1 in 35 countries in one week, and seven of those countries we hadn’t even been to yet? Dude , that doesn’t happen to a band that says “Die! Die!’ most of the time,” recalled the band’s former bassist.

Revisit the song as well as our video history for the track below.

How ‘Enter Sandman’ Changed Metallica Forever

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