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Metallica © Metallica, Elektra Records [Fair Use]
Metallica © Metallica, Elektra Records [Fair Use]

Metallica (commonly known as The Black Album) is the self-titled fifth studio album by Metallica.

Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band’s best-selling album.

Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band’s best-known songs, which include “Enter Sandman,” “The Unforgiven,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Wherever I May Roam,” and “Sad but True.” A sixth song, “Don’t Tread on Me,” was also issued to rock radio shortly after the album’s release, but the song did not receive a commercial single release.

The album marked a change in the band’s sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal.

The album debuted at Number One in ten countries and spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, making it Metallica’s first album to top album charts. By September 2018, the album spent 500 weeks on the Billboard album chart, making it one of the four longest-running albums of all time.

Metallica is one of the best-selling albums worldwide, and also one of the best-selling albums in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began. The album was certified 16× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2012, and has sold over sixteen million copies in the United States, being the first album in the SoundScan era to do so.

Track listing

1. Enter Sandman
2. Sad But True
3. Holier Than Thou
4. The Unforgiven
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Don’t Tread on Me
7. Through the Never”
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Of Wolf and Man
10. The God That Failed
11. My Friend of Misery
12. The Struggle Within

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