Metallica Were Streamed 1.3 Billion Times on Spotify In 2021

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It’d be hard to argue that Metallica are not the biggest metal band of all time. When the City of San Francisco honors you with your own holiday and Elton John talks about how you’ve written one of the best rock and roll songs of all time, you have to be doing something right. But at the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding, and if Metallica’s countless accomplishments aren’t enough to impress fans, maybe the scoreboard will: according to the band’s Spotify Wrapped round-up, their music was streamed over a billion times.

As reported by Loudwire, the band revealed their 2021 Spotify Wrapped late in 2021, showing eternal gratitude to their fans as they revealed the staggering number of times they were streamed — 1.3 billion.

“With all the ups and downs of 2021, one thing remained consistent – you listened to a lot of Metallica on Spotify!” wrote the band. “Just when we thought you couldn’t possibly listen to any more, you went and proved us wrong. Clocking in at 112.2, hours of streaming, we were the top artist for [one million] of you! Honestly, we don’t even know what to say. But a massive THANK YOU, ‘TALLICA FAMILY feels pretty appropriate right about now. Happy New Year to you all; we’ll see ya in 2022.”

Congrats to Metallica on this massive accomplishment. A billion is no joke.

Last month saw Metallica celebrate their 40th anniversary with two massive shows at the Chase Center in San Francisco. Check out the setlists, including live debuts, below:

Friday, December 17th

Intro music:

“It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll)” (AC/DC song)
“The Ecstasy Of Gold” (Ennio Morricone song) (with voiceover from Jason Momoa)

1. Hit The Lights
2. Creeping Death
3. Trapped Under Ice
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Orion
6. The Shortest Straw
7. One
8. Sad But True
9. Nothing Else Matters
10. King Nothing
11. Fixxxer (live debut)
12. Breadfan (Budgie cover)
13. No Leaf Clover
14. Frantic
15. The Day That Never Comes
16. Spit Out The Bone

Sunday, December 19th

Intro music:

“It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll)” (AC/DC song)
“The Ecstasy Of Gold” (Ennio Morricone song) (with voiceover from Tom Morello)
Hardwired intro

1. Hardwired
2. The End Of The Line (first time live since November 18, 2010)
3. Dirty Window (first time live since December 10, 2011)
4. I Disappear (first time live since August 10, 2013)
5. Am I Evil? (Diamond Head cover) (first full performance since December 5, 2011)
6. The Memory Remains
7. Fuel
8. Bleeding Me (first full performance since December 7, 2011)
9. Wasting My Hate (first time in front of a live audience since December 7, 2011)
10. The Unforgiven
11. Enter Sandman
12. Harvester Of Sorrow
13. Master Of Puppets
14. Fade To Black
15. Whiplash
16. Seek & Destroy