‘Stranger Things’ Puts Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ at No. 1 on iTunes Rock Charts


The 80s are back – at least according to the music charts.

Metallica’s heavy metal epic « Master of Puppets » topped the global charts this week after being featured in an episode of Netflix’s « Stranger Things, » set in the 1980s.

The 8-minute, 38-second title track from the band’s 1986 album currently sits at No. 1 on the iTunes rock charts and No. 29 overall on iTunes alongside many recently released hits.

The guitar-heavy single was used during a pivotal scene involving Eddie’s character in the season four finale.

Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer wrote the scene with the exact song in mind, the show’s music supervisor Nora Felder said in an interview with Variety.

« Master of Puppets » is the title track from the band’s 1986 album, which currently ranks No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart and No. 12 on Spotify’s Top 50 USA list.
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« It was another one of those ‘must be that song’ moments, » Felder said. « This part of the story was to be a pivotal and particularly hair-raising scene in which Eddie heroically stood up for the fight of his life. I believe the Duffer Brothers felt that playing ‘Master of Puppets’ throughout the extended stage was the obvious choice.

The headbanger is the second 80s song to skyrocket on the music charts after appearing on the show’s fourth season soundtrack.

On Spotify, Kate Bush’s 1985 hit « Running Up That Hill » takes the coveted top spot in the US Top 50 after being featured in the fourth season of « Stranger Things. » « Master of Puppets » is not far behind. He currently points to No. 12.

Bush’s success was featured prominently in the season four premiere as angsty character Max listens to the British singer on his portable cassette player.


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