You could easily argue that global charts have always been dominated by pop music, however, throughout the 80s and 90s, even some of the 00s we saw a wide range of Rock, Punk, and Metal bands dominating the charts. From Korn to Limp Bizkit, Blink-182 to Sum 41, Guns N Roses to Mötley Crüe, bands of this nature have often been seen to capitalize billboards that have been heavily saturated with generic pop for decades.

Now, with the advent of streaming services, Rock and Metal artists have instant access to millions of veteran and prospective fans alike. However, the same platform is also available to the modern mumble muppets, pro tool button-pusher DJs, and pop stars such as Cardi B, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Ed Sheeran, Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Lil Nas X (To be fair, that was a great track with old Billy Ray). So, where do Metal bands fit into this modern age of free music?

Interestingly, popular classics such as Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody, Oasis - Wonderwall, Toto - Africa, and even Journey - Don’t Stop Believing, seem to make a regular appearance in the top 200 Global Spotify Chart and have been all year, racking up roughly 5-10 Million streams every week!

We don’t expect many Metal artists to compete here as pop will always be dominant, especially on a global scale, so this is quite an achievement for these two artists in particular.

The Spotify Global Chart is released every Thursday and keeps a tally of every song streamed for the next 7 days, with most singles being released on a Friday. The top spot is usually dominated by a fairly generic pop artist such as Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande who can reach over 80 Million streams in a single week for just one song. The following 199 positions are again filled by a similar caliber of artist.

During the week of 28 March - 04 April 2019, Rammstein managed to briefly interrupt the constant pop streaming by landing a top 100 position with DEUTSCHLAND. The first single to come from their latest untitled record, a record we waited 10 years for. It held strong with 7,512,393 streams for the first week and even stayed in the charts at #200 the following week with 4,513,596 plays. If you’re wondering, #1 for this week was 'Bad guy' by Billie Eilish with 50,342,324 streams. It also re-entered at #169 with 5,086,398 during the week their album was released in May.

In the very same week, Slipknot returned with their epic track, UNSAINTED, and entered right above Rammstein during the week of 16th May at #168 with 5,113,002 streams. The top spot was occupied with ‘I Don't Care (feat. Justin Bieber)’ by Ed Sheeran with 46,540,421 streams and an amazingly ironic title as far as we’re concerned.

Obviously, Rammstein and Slipknot have been two of the most highly anticipated artists for 2019, and if you’re wondering whether you alone helped put them in these positions by playing them on repeat, Spotify cap the number of individual streams that contribute to a songs total streaming figures. Next to watch is TOOL, who surprisingly did not appear in these charts. Although they did appear in the Spotify Global Daily Chart on the day of their new single, Fear Inoculum, being released with 429,804 streams.

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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