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Which Four Bands Dominate 32% of the Top 100 Metal Albums on Apple Music?


Ever wondered how various artists from throughout the metal and hard rock communities stack up against one another when it comes to YouTube views, Apple Music streams, pure album sales, ticket sales (back when those were a thing… and when they become so again) and other metrics? Stream N’ Destroy is a newsletter that features all of those things and then some. Compiled by metal journalist and manager Ryan J. Downey, Stream N’ Destroy, which arrives a couple of times a week, has quickly become one of our most anticipated reads the moment it hits our inbox.

From time to time we’ll be highlighting excerpts from Stream N’ Destroy here on MetalSucks. Today we’ll take a quick look at the Top 100 Metal Albums on Apple Music, from the chart dated June 17, which displays an extreme degree of homogeneity. Four bands — Tool, Five Finger Death Punch, Slipknot and Metallica — dominate the chart with 32 releases. If we add in Black Sabbath (four appearances) and Lamb of God (three), we’re up to nearly 40% of the chart occupied by just six acts.

No wonder they say metalheads are hopelessly stuck in the past

Here’s the full list:

  1. TOOL, Fear Inoculum
  2. Five Finger Death Punch, F8
  3. Metallica, Metallica
  4. The Ghost Inside, The Ghost Inside
  5. TOOL, Ænima
  6. Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind
  7. TOOL, 10,000 Days
  8. Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God
  9. TOOL, Lateralus
  10. Black Sabbath, Paranoid
  11. Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man
  12. Currents, The Way It Ends
  13. Metallica, Ride the Lightning
  14. Bad Wolves, N.A.T.I.O.N.
  15. Trivium, What the Dead Men Say
  16. Def Leppard, Hysteria
  17. Metallica, Master of Puppets (Remastered)
  18. TOOL, Undertow
  19. Korn, The Nothing
  20. The Amity Affliction, Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them
  21. August Burns Red, Guardians
  22. Slipknot, Slipknot
  23. Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice for None
  24. Metallica, …And Justice for Hell (Remastered)
  25. In This Moment, Mother
  26. Killswitch Engage, Atonement
  27. Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Deluxe)
  28. Wage War, Pressure
  29. Rammstein, RAMMSTEIN
  30. Metallica, Master of Puppets (Box Set)
  31. Metallica, Load
  32. Poppy, I Disagree
  33. Metallica, Reload
  34. As I Lay Dying, Shaped by Fire
  35. Metallica, Kill ‘Em All
  36. Pantera, The Best of Pantera
  37. Slipknot, Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses
  38. Polaris, The Death of Me
  39. Emmure, Hindsight
  40. Ghost, Prequelle
  41. Metallica, Death Magnetic
  42. Slipknot, All Hope is Gone
  43. Lamb Of God, Ashes of the Wake
  44. Slipknot, Iowa
  45. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
  46. Slipknot, .5: The Gray Chapter
  47. Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast
  48. Knocked Loose, A Different Shade of Blue
  49. Pantera, Vulgar Display of Power
  50. Slipknot, Slipknot (Deluxe Version)
  51. Lamb Of God, Sacrament
  52. ICE NINE KILLS, The Silver Scream (THE FINAL CUT)
  53. Killswitch Engage, As Daylight Dies (Special Edition)
  54. Knocked Loose, Laugh Tracks
  55. Metallica, Garage, Inc.
  56. Five Finger Death Punch, A Decade of Destruction
  57. Metallica, Ride the Lightning (Deluxe Edition)
  58. Fit For A King, Dark Skies
  59. Fire From The Gods, American Sun
  60. Periphery, Periphery IV: HAIL STAN
  61. ICE NINE KILLS, The Silver Scream
  62. Bleed From Within, Fracture
  63. END, Splinters from an Ever-Changing Face
  64. Parkway Drive, Ire (Deluxe Edition)
  65. GOJIRA, Magma
  66. Megadeth, Rust in Peace
  67. Pantera, Cowboys from Hell
  68. Aversions Crown, Hell Will Come for Us All
  69. Killswitch Engage, Atonement II
  70. Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction
  71. Rammstein, Mutter
  72. Sabaton, The Great War
  73. Underoath, They’re Only Chasing Safety
  74. Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
  75. Black Sabbath, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  76. TOOL, Opiate – EP
  77. Code Orange, Underneath
  78. Iron Maiden, Powerslave
  79. Sabaton, The Last Stand
  80. Slipknot, Iowa (Deluxe)
  81. Slipknot, All Hope is Gone (Deluxe)
  82. Metallica, S&M
  83. Pantera, Far Beyond Driven (20th Anniversary)
  84. Amon Amarth, Berserker
  85. Megadeth, Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
  86. Rammstein, Sehnsucht
  87. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Infest the Rats’ Nest
  88. Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind
  89. Alestorm, Curse of the Crystal Coconut
  90. Metallica, St. Anger
  91. The Hu, The Gereg
  92. Whitechapel, The Valley
  93. Slaughter To Prevail, Misery Sermon
  94. Metallica, Kill ‘Em All (Deluxe Edition)
  95. Wage War, Deadweight
  96. Five Finger Death Punch, The Way of the Fist
  97. Static-X, Wisconsin Death Trip
  98. GOJIRA, From Mars to Sirius
  99. Bad Omens, Finding God Before God Finds Me
  100. Trivium, The Sin and the Sentence

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