Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’ is charting again in the US and UK after appearing in the two and a half hour finale
At the end of last month, Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ found itself at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 37 years after it was originally released. This unbelievable boost back into the top spot was thanks to Stranger Things, Netflix’s smash hit 80s nostalgia-fest which made the track pivotal to its fourth season.
Now Stranger Things has done it again, setting an epic guitar-shredding, monster-battling scene in the season’s finale to ‘Master Of Puppets’ by Metallica. The track is woven into the scene in much the same way as ‘Running Up That Hill’ before it, with a dynamic opening riff and a furious pace that helps to up the ante and keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
The Stranger Things effect is undeniable. ‘Master Of Puppets’ has already entered Spotify’s top 50 in the UK and US, sitting at No.35 and No.21 respectively. Based on the trajectory of the Kate Bush revival, it stands to reason that Metallica’s 1986 track will only climb higher. With Stranger Things 5 already confirmed, music supervisor Kate Felder may just have a couple more 80s comeback tracks up her sleeve.
Metallica responded to the show’s use of the track in a statement, and it’s safe to say they were pleased with the scene.
“The way The Duffer Brothers have incorporated music into Stranger Things has always been next level, so we were beyond psyched for them to not only include “Master of Puppets” in the show, but to have such a pivotal scene built around it,” they said. “We were all stoked to see the final result and when we did we were totally blown away… it’s so extremely well done, so much so, that some folks were able to guess the song just by seeing a few seconds of Joseph Quinn’s hands in the trailer!! How crazy cool is that?”