In addition to celebrating 40 very successful years as a band, Metallica further proved that COVID-19 was no setback. Alongside headlining the world’s largest festivals, they were also recognized by their home state of California, with governor Gavin Newsom declaring “Metallica Day” an official holiday to officiate their ruby jubilee.
As if these accomplishments weren’t enough, “Nothing Else Matters” hit 1 billion views on YouTube, and their other songs certainly weren’t ignored either.
Last year Metallica revealed that their songs were streamed a collective 1.1 billion times on Spotify. As of the end of 2021, they bested that number, with 1.3 billion streams being racked up across 58 million listeners in 178 countries. That all equated to 112.2 million hours of Metallica‘s music being streamed on Spotify alone in 2021.
With all the ups and downs of 2021, one thing remained consistent: you listened to a lot of Metallica on @Spotify! Honestly, we don’t even know what to say. But a massive THANK YOU, ‘TALLICA FAMILY feels pretty appropriate. Happy New Year; we’ll see ya in 2022! #2021ArtistWrapped pic.twitter.com/q0ezDUAdr8— Metallica (@Metallica) December 31, 2021