Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ is now charting again thanks to Stranger Things

The final two episodes of Stranger Things season four were released last week. I won’t spoil them here, primarily because I don’t think many people would like what I’d have to say (hint, I did not care for them). They were action packed and used every 80s horror trope, which amounted to an epic conclusion as promised. One such scene involved fan favorite character, Eddie Munson, the resident metal-head, and leader of the Hellfire Club. During the scene, Eddie plays an absolutely awesome song from Metallica, Master of Puppets. As soon as we heard it, my husband asked, “I wonder if this will get the Kate Bush treatment?” And guess what? The very active and still touring rock group is watching their 1986 hit climb the charts. Master of Puppets is currently at number 12 on Spotify. All thanks to the Duffer brothers and those wacky kids in Hawkins.


After sending Kate Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”to the top of the charts in Volume 1 of the fourth season of the Netflix series, the show is doing it again with another ’80s classic.

This time, the show’s magic has Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” as one of the most-played songs in both the U.K. and the U.S. The thrash metal hit was featured in the two-hour finale of the show, as part of Eddie Munson’s masterful plan to distract the deadly bats protecting the lair of evil villain Vecna.

As of Monday afternoon, “Master Of Puppets,” the only single from Metallica’s 1986 album of the same name, is number 12 on Spotify’s Top 50 U.S. chart and number 26 on their Global Top 50. That’s no small feat, especially considering the full track is over eight minutes long.
The band hasn’t officially commented on the song’s rising popularity but did retweet a teaser of the scene, which is getting a lot of love from fans online.

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, 57, also revealed that 17-year-old son Tye Trujillo helped provide new guitar parts for the song as it was used in the show.

“**Spoiler Alert** That’s my boy! Proud of ya Tye!” the proud dad shared on Instagram. “Stranger Things finale shredding it on ‘Master of Puppets'”

Trujillo added a “big thanks to [Kirk Hammett] on helping!” revealing that the Metallica lead guitarist had also worked on adapting the piece for the series.

[From Yahoo!]

Despite my feelings about the finale’s plot holes, the way they used Master of Puppets in Stranger Things was great. It worked with the scene, it worked with the character, and it worked thematically. My #1 favorite Metallica song (and #1 on my playlist, coincidentally) in Enter Sandman, which would have completely worked in the show as well. But maybe that was too on the nose. Unlike Running Up that Hill, Master did see number one on the charts here in the states when it was released. That album, also Master of Puppets, was their first commercial success and put thrash metal on the map. I am more of a hard rock fan than metal, but I am a big fan of Metallica. I like their music but I also think Lars Ulrich is kind of a genius.

As the article said, the band hasn’t commented on their song charting again. It wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t. I’m sure it thrills them, though. They’re ‘masters’ of bringing their music to new audiences. Remember this is the band who wrote and performed with the San Francisco symphony. So I’m not surprised that Kirk Hammett worked with the production to fit the song to the show. I love that Robert Trujillo’s son put the new guitar down for Eddie. The sad part of that story is that original bassist, Cliff Burton, was killed at the age of 24 when the band’s tour bus overturned in Sweden. The Master of Puppets album had only released six months prior.

I wonder how many other 80/90s bands are sliding into Ross and Matt Duffer’s DMs about now?

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  1. Danbury says:

    Eddie actually played that song on the guitar a well – he wasn’t just acting! It was incredible

  2. Pinkosaurus says:

    I think key to the selection of this song was that the album was released just a couple months prior to when the show was set in Spring 1986. Eddie would have been wearing out that tape.

    • Lukie says:

      Yup and Enter Sandman is 1991.

      Master of Puppets and Fade to Black were my first introductions to Metallica a million moons ago. I am beyond giddy to see all my favorite music from 8th grade and the summer I entered high school making such huge comebacks…thank you Stranger Things for bringing so much of the good stuff back 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

  3. OriginalLaLa says:

    Master of Puppets is an epic song and I’m happy to see it charting again – I had an ex who won me over by playing it with his band in middle school haha

  4. Driver8 says:

    I didn’t care for this season of Stranger Things. Maybe it’s been too long since the last season, but it was a slog to get through. I do appreciate the music. I’m not a Metallica fan (but Lou Reed worked with them, so mad respect), so I hope younger generations are able to appreciate songs from that era.

    • Snuffles says:

      Same. I thought it dragged. Scenes went on WAY too long. Many unnecessary scenes. They could have easily cut 3 episodes.

    • AT says:

      My husband and I started this season and watched about 4 episodes, and then decided to just rewatch the whole series before finishing. It’s much, MUCH better when you watch them collectively. Season 3 was even way better than I initially thought, these seasons don’t do well standing alone and are more pieces of a puzzle.

      • AppleCart says:

        I agree it has been 3 years since the last season. I barely remembered so many characters and connecting stories. It really helps to rewatch it from the start. It’s a big binge but worth it.

  5. Flowerlake says:

    I like seeing these songs chart much more than when big labels decide they want ‘the next big thing’ to chart and do everything under the sun to make it happen, while pretending it’s natural.

    This is way more fun.

  6. Teal says:

    I bought that album the week it came out and will gatekeep the sh!t out of it. 😄

    I noticed Eddie wore the leather jacket under the denim vest, like Keanu Reeves in River’s Edge. Another 80s classic.

  7. Normades says:

    I loved season 4 part 1, but was really let down by the finale. They had set up so many interesting things and nothing came to fruition imo

    • Amanda says:

      Isn’t there going to be a season 5? I was thinking this was it for the show and was so confused with the ending but a quick google search reassured me there will be a season 5.

      • Christine says:

        The confusion came from the Duffers originally saying season 4 was going to be the last, but then when they were writing it they realized they wouldn’t be able to fit everything they wanted to tell in to one season. So season 5 (I keep seeing a 2024 release date) will be the last

      • pottymouth pup says:

        there will be a season 5 that’s supposed to drop in 2023 or 2024. Most fans expected a plan for a significant time jump for season 5 since the actors are so much older than the characters they play and it’s pretty obvious now (and will be more obvious in 2 years). TBH I found the season finale to be unfulfilling, probably because I did expect a significant time jump for season 5 and the season 4 ending seems to need season 5 to pick up not too long after when season 4 left off

    • Turtledove says:

      Normades, I would be interested in hearing what you saw them set up that didn’t come to fruition? I hate when that happens, it’s one of my pet peeves, but I didn’t notice that on this show. (Might be because so many story lines were taking place at once that i just didn’t notice) I’m not saying you are wrong, more curious what I missed.

  8. Ariel says:

    When i saw the scene, my first thought was- i wonder if Lars, James, Kirk watch Stranger Things. I guess they do now.

    I discovered Metallica quite by accident. They did not do singles, nor music videos until And Justice for All came out in 1988- there first video, for the song One- is nuts, b/c it has parts of a very creepy war movie included, called Johnny Got His Gun.
    But i digress.

    I went to see Van Halen for the first time in 1988 at the Monsters of Rock tour- which included the Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come.

    When i arrived at RFK stadium, Metallica was on stage- and the grounds around the stadium were vibrating- they were amazing. Been a fan ever since.
    Though when it comes to Master of Puppets album, my favorite was always Sanitarium- last song on side A of the cassette.

    Nevertheless, that scene was EPIC. As was the argument when Nancy was in the Vecna trance and they were trying to find music (think Madonna, Blondie, etc)- and the kids were like- i can’t find anything, and Eddie grabbed an Iron Maiden cassette and screamed- This is music!!

    While the western road trip, the El training with flashbacks, and the Russian prison thing all could have been seriously edited- the main Hawkins story was great. And it is on streaming, so sometimes you just have to fast forward through the superfluous bits.

    • Danbury says:

      One is the first music video by Metallica I saw as well. It was so well done it haunted me for years

  9. Headintheclouds says:

    Love Eddie! And Master of Puppets!

  10. Cecilia says:

    I don’t get the hate for the Stranger Things season 4.
    I absolutely loved everything about it. The side story with the Russian prison was great and I loved Joyce and Murray together.
    Epic guitar scene with Eddie, Joseph Quinn just became one of my favourite actors.

  11. AppleCart says:

    Metallica rarely lets their music be used in movies or TV. So it was really special to hear it. And as an 80’s kid. This show sends me to memory heaven. Best season so far.

    I do hope they end the series in 1989 for season 5. We don’t need the neon early 90’s (ugh not my best looks).

  12. February Pisces says:

    I loved the scene so much. Eddie was the best character this season, but hate how he was slandered when he was a hero.

  13. butterflystella says:

    Fantastic scene, hands down the best of that episode for me! I’ve been into Metallica since I was 12 or so and Master of Puppets is my fave album. Breadfan is my favorite Metallica song though!!

  14. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Gawd Metallica was the shit back then right? My husband’s band mates called him Lars because they looked alike way back when. I always did like Puppets just an itsy bit more lol. I’m super happy for them.

  15. K says:

    This was selection perfection. This masterpiece song and Joseph Quinn’s absolutely mesmerizing performance as Eddie stole the show.