Metallica follow Kate Bush up the streaming charts thanks to 'Stranger Things' boost

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Metallica band members, from left, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield.
Metallica are enjoying chart success thanks to the Stranger Things effect. (AP)

Metallica are enjoying success in the streaming charts after their track Master Of Puppets was featured in the finale of Stranger Things.

Two weeks after Kate Bush rose back to the top of the charts after being featured in the popular Netflix sci-fi show, the American heavy metal band have also seen a surge in streams of their 1986 single.

The chart resurgence comes after Stranger Things character Eddie Munson (Joseph Quinn) performed Master Of Puppets on his guitar in the final episode of season four, as a distraction technique to allow his friends to complete their plan.

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Master Of Puppets, which never achieved a place in the charts during its original release in 1986, is currently at No. 26 in Global Spotify Chart, having been played 1.86m times.

Watch: Eddie Munson plays Metallica on Stranger Things

Metallica - consisting of lead singer James Hetfield, 58, drummer Lars Ulrich, 58, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, 59, and bassist Robert Trujillo, 57 - are currently on tour, with concerts scheduled in Spain and Portugal before they return to the US.

They have not yet commented on their chart success, but they tweeted their support for the performance in Stranger Things, sharing a clip, saying: "LET THE SHOW BEGIN. VOL 2 IS NOW STREAMING."

Famously private Kate Bush, 63, recently gave a rare interview to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour to discuss the chart resurgence of her 1985 hit Running Up That Hill, as a result of it being used in Stranger Things.

Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Joseph Quinn as Eddie Munson, Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley, Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair, Sadie Sink as Max Mayfield, and Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair.
Stranger Things' Eddie Munson saves his friends with a Metallica song in season four. (Netflix)

Bush said: "It’s just extraordinary. I mean it’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention.

“But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.”

She added: “What’s really wonderful, I think, is this is a whole new audience who, in a lot of cases, they’ve never heard of me and I love that.

“The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s very special.”

Kate Bush is delighted a new generation are discovering her music through 'Stranger Things'. (Getty Images)
Kate Bush is delighted a new generation are discovering her music through Stranger Things. (Getty Images)

Running Up That Hill is currently number one in the UK Singles Chart thanks to a rule change that allowed the number of streams of the song to count to more equivalent 'sales' of newer tracks.

By hitting the top spot the track broke three records, including the longest time taken for a song to reach number one, 37 years after it was originally released.

Bush also secured the record for the longest gap between number one singles, 44 years after her debut single, Wuthering Heights, hit the top spot in 1978.

Stranger Things' Max Mayfield listens to Running Up That Hill on her Walkman. (Netflix)
Stranger Things' Max Mayfield listens to Running Up That Hill on her Walkman. (Netflix)

And at 63-years-old, the British singer-songwriter is now the oldest female artist to achieve a UK number one single.

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In the fourth series of 80s-set Stranger Things, currently airing on Netflix, Max Mayfield, played by Sadie Sink, listens to the song on her Walkman in an attempt to ground herself to the real world.

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