Song of the Day #4,298: ‘Motorbreath’ – Metallica

I’ve written about a couple of important 1983 debuts already, so I guess I’d be remiss to leave out this one. Heavy metal pioneers Metallica released Kill ‘Em All this year, kicking off a career that would result in more than 125 million album sales.

Metallica is considered one of the greatest and most influential heavy metal bands of all time, which to me means exactly nothing. This is the genre for which I have the least affection or understanding.

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Song of the Day #3,909: ‘Enter Sandman’ – Metallica

After counting down my own favorite albums of 1991, I’ll now turn my attention to the years’ most celebrated and important releases that somehow escaped my radar.

Kicking things off is Metallica’s self-titled fifth studio album, often referred to as The Black Album. This record is considered one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In fact, only Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Carole King’s Tapestry have spent more weeks on the Billboard 200.

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