According to the YouTube algorithm’s calculations, 2020 is shaping up to be a good year for Slipknot and Metallica. The two bands this week were the most-watched metal bands on all of YouTube. 

Currently, the YouTube Music Chart is dominated by Roddy Rich (45.6 million views this week) with Top 10 appearances from Eminem (34.8M), Lil’ Wayne (28.8M), and Billie Eilish (27.7M), among others, in the United States. But scroll further down — like, way down — and hard rock and metal artists begin to appear. Metallica (6.55M) is the only metal band in the Top 100. However, if you take a look at the global stats, things start to liven up a little.

Metallica racked up 29 million views this week worldwide and Slipknot had 13.8 million, with most of their fans tuning in from the United States (3.92M), Brazil (1.17M), Mexico (1.05M) and the U.K. Avenged Sevenfold were close behind, with 13.2 million views.

Watch the video for ‘Unsainted’ by Slipknot. 

Not only is Metallica the largest metal band in the world but they are particularly active on YouTube.

Their classic songs have the power to keep pulling in the views it seems. ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ and ‘One’ have almost 2 billion views shared between them. Despite the fact that the band hasn’t released an official music video in quite some time, their YouTube channel is constantly being updated with brand new content.

In just the last four weeks they’ve posted fifteen different professional-quality videos from 2019’s world tour, accounting for another 2 million views. Among them: “The Memory Remains” (shot in Wichita, Kansas), “Ride the Lightning” (Cincinnati, Ohio) and “Blackened” (Nashville, Tennessee).

More of this week’s worldwide hard rock/metal numbers on YouTube:

  • Queen – 42.9M
  • Guns N’ Roses – 21.7M
  • AC/DC – 20M
  • Skillet – 19M
  • Rammstein – 16.9M
  • Green Day – 16.5M
  • Nirvana – 15.8M
  • Nickelback – 11.8M
  • Five Finger Death Punch – 11.6M
  • Led Zeppelin – 11.1M
  • System Of A Down – 10.8M
  • Evanescence – 10.4M
  • Disturbed – 9.44M
  • Pearl Jam – 8.57M
  • My Chemical Romance – 8.3M

Watch the video for ‘The Unforgiven’ below.