Every Metallica Album Ranks in the iTunes Top 100 Right Now… Except One


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Today we look at the Top 100 Heavy Metal Albums chart on iTunes for the period ending August 10, 2020. Unsurprisingly, Metallica maintain a presence on the chart despite having no new music out since 2016… Metallica are always in the news and always relevant. But what’s shocking is that all of their albums are in the top 100 right now (top 60, actually), demonstrating just how firm of a grip Metallica have over the metal market all the damn time. Except one, that is, and I’m not counting Luluit’s St. Anger, naturally! With both producer Bob Rock and drummer Lars Ulrich recently talking about that infamous botched effort in the press, one might think it’d experience a bit of a sales bump, but nope, or at least one significant enough to place on this chart. [Welp, I’m a dumb dumb: St. Anger is, in fact, in the top 100, at #63. Lulu definitely isn’t, but you can buy it on clearance on Metallica’s website for $4.99 if you like.]

Here’s the full top 100 chart of heavy metal albums, which features a number of entries from the other usual suspects (Tool, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, etc.) as well:

  1. Motionless In White, Another Life / Eternally Yours: Motion Picture Collection – EP
  2. Avatar, Hunter Gatherer
  3. Metallica, Metallica
  4. Tool, Fear Inoculum
  5. Five Finger Death Punch, F8
  6. Slaves, To Better Days
  7. Guns N’ Roses, Greatest Hits
  8. Tool, Ænima
  9. I Prevail, TRAUMA
  10. Metallica, Master of Puppets
  11. Metallica, Ride the Lightning
  12. Mötley Crüe, Greatest Hits
  13. The Hu, The Gereg (Deluxe Edition)
  14. Metallica, …And Justice for All
  15. In This Moment, Mother
  16. Meat Loaf, Bat Out of Hell
  17. Nickelback, All the Right Reasons
  18. Tool, Lateralus
  19. Tool, Undertow
  20. Misery Signals, Ultraviolet
  21. Evanescence, Fallen
  22. System Of A Down, Toxicity
  23. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
  24. Tool, 10,00 Days
  25. Orbit Culture, Nija
  26. Alice In Chains, Dirt
  27. Metallica, S&M (Live)
  28. Def Leppard, Hysteria
  29. Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man
  30. Black Sabbath, Paranoid
  31. The Hu, The Gereg
  32. Metallica, Kill ‘Em All
  33. Black Crown Initiate, Violent Portraits of a Doomed Escape
  34. Tool, Opiate – EP
  35. Lamb Of God, Lamb Of God
  36. Trivium, What the Dead Men Say
  37. In Hearts Wake, Kaliyuga
  38. Upon A Burning Body, Built from War – EP
  39. Unleash The Archers, Apex
  40. Crystal Lake, The Voyages
  41. Ozzy Osbourne, The Essential Ozzy Osbourne
  42. Metallica, Load
  43. Megadeth, Rust in Peace
  44. Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction
  45. Bad Wolves, N.A.T.I.O.N.
  46. Static-X, Project Regeneration, Vol. 1
  47. Pantera, The Best Of
  48. Slipknot, We Are Not Your Kind
  49. Metallica, Garage Inc.
  50. Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast
  51. Iron Maiden, Powerslave
  52. Five Finger Death Punch, And Justice for None (Deluxe)
  53. Rammstein, RAMMSTEIN
  54. Static-X, Wisconsin Death Trip
  55. August Burns Red, Guardians
  56. The Acacia Strain, Slow Decay
  57. Spiritbox, Spiritbox
  58. Metallica, Death Magnetic
  59. Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Deluxe Edition)
  60. Metallica, Reload
  61. GOJIRA, From Mars to Sirius
  62. BABYMETAL, BabyMetal
  63. Metallica, St. Anger
  64. Jinjer, King of Everything
  65. BABYMETAL, Metal Galaxy
  66. Jinjer, Micro – EP
  67. Volbeat, Beyond Hell / Above Heaven
  68. Slipknot, Slipknot
  69. Volbeat, Guitars Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
  70. Megadeth, Greatest Hits: Back to the Start
  71. Dio, Holy Diver
  72. Sabaton, The Last Stand
  73. Down, Nola
  74. GOJIRA, The Way of All Flesh
  75. Sabaton, Heroes
  76. ICE NINE KILLS, The Silver Scream
  77. Rammstein, Herzeleid
  78. Avatar, Black Waltz (Deluxe Edition)
  79. Fit For A King, Dark Skies
  80. Metallica, Helping Hands… Live & Acoustic at the Masonic
  81. Carcass, Heartwork
  82. Volbeat, Rewind, Replay, Rebound
  83. The Ghost Inside, The Ghost Inside
  84. Onslaught, Generation Antichrist
  85. Lorna Shore, Immortal
  86. Spiritbox, Singles Collection – EP
  87. Five Finger Death Punch, The Way of the Fist
  88. Iron Maiden, Piece of Mind
  89. Lamb Of God, VII: Sturm und Drang (Deluxe Version)
  90. Rammstein, Sehnsucht
  91. Iron Maiden, Somewhere in Time
  92. Ghost, Infestissumam (Deluxe Version)
  93. Slayer, Reign in Blood
  94. Opeth, Ghost Reveries
  95. Dream Theater, Images and Words
  96. Queensrÿche, Operation: Mindcrime (Bonus Track Version)
  97. As I Lay Dying, Shaped by Fire
  98. The Amity Affliction, Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them
  99. Wage War, Pressure
  100. Down, Down II

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