The music of Metallica was streamed a ridiculous 1.1 billion times on Spotify in 2020, really highlighting the longevity of the titans.
According to Blabbermouth, the band announced the landmark on Wednesday, December 30th, via social media, a fitting way to close the year.
“We thought last year’s numbers were insane… you guys have outdone yourselves! 99.3M hours?! That’s like if someone started listening on October 27, 9318 B.C. and never stopped. Can anyone guess what this year’s most played song was, clocking in at 128.6M streams??
You remain the most dedicated fans in the world – thank you for spending so much of your year with us!”
Metallica are great and all, but that’s still a hell of a lot of replays. Our money’s on ‘Enter Sandman’ being the song streamed the most at 128.6M, there can’t be any other choice.
This was actually the second year in a row that Metallica’s songs reached the one billion milestone on the digital streaming service in a 12-month period. No one would be surprised if they made it a triple in 2021 either. With their forthcoming follow-up album to 2016’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct due this year as well (which Lars Ulrich claims will be their heaviest record yet somehow), that should help them reach one billion streams again.
Since 2012, Metallica has completely owned the master tapes of all its audio and video recordings. As a result, the metal legends made all of their live recordings, singles, remixes and collaborations, and their first nine studio albums available to stream on Spotify for the first time.
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“We are extremely proud to be a part of Spotify, who not only has a proven track record, but is by far the best streaming service,” the band said in a statement at the time.
Be honest, were Metallica in your Spotify Wrapped for 2020?