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Metallica And Slipknot Are The Most-Watched Metal Bands On YouTube

This week’s YouTube Music Chart is out, and Metallica and Slipknot are unsurprisingly the most-viewed bands in metal.

The release of YouTube’s weekly Music Chart has brought with it some interesting stats, with Metallica and Slipknot coming out on top as metal’s most-watched bands on the platform.

While (rather depressingly) only the former feature in YouTube’s Top 100 in the U.S. this week, both bands’ worldwide views are pretty impressive: despite not having released any official music videos for several years, Metallica have amassed 29 million global views this week thanks to the regularity with which their pro-shot live videos are uploaded, while the ’Knot’s material has been viewed 13.8 million times.

Away from metal, music in the broader rock category is also ticking along nicely, with Queen topping the list with 42.9 million, Guns N’ Roses reaching 21.7 million, and AC/DC hitting a solid 20 million.

Overall, though, some of these numbers are just a fraction of this week’s most-viewed artist, Roddy Rich, who amassed 45.6 million views in America alone, while other stars like Eminem and Billie Eilish are also flying high in the U.S. Top 10.

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Check out an overview of this week’s worldwide rock and metal YouTube views:

Queen – 42.9m
Metallica – 29m
Guns N’ Roses – 21.7m
AC/DC – 20m
Skillet – 19m
Rammstein – 16.9m
Green Day – 16.5m
Nirvana – 15.8m
Slipknot – 13.8m
Nickelback – 11.8m
Five Finger Death Punch – 11.6m
Led Zeppelin – 11.1m
System Of A Down – 10.8m
Evanescence – 10.4m
Disturbed – 9.44m
Pearl Jam – 8.57m
My Chemical Romance – 8.3m

Last month, it was revealed that My Chemical Romance’s YouTube views were creeping up once more in the UK to coincide with their Milton Keynes stadium shows going on sale. Singles like Welcome To The Black Parade, Teenagers and I’m Not Okay (I Promise) in particular all saw spikes in numbers.

Anyway, when Slipknot aren’t dominating YouTube, they’re touring a whole bunch this year – catch them at the following dates:


14 Vienna, Austria – Stadthalle
16 Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
17 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
18 Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
20 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
21 Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
22 Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
24 Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena


20 Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest Japan
21 Tokyo, Japan – Knotfest Japan
24 Singapore – Singapore Rockfest
27 Jakarta, Indonesia – Hammersonic Festival
29 Manila, Phillipines – Amoranto Stadium


30 Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
31 Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center


2 New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
4 Quebec City, QC, Centre Videotron
5 Montreal, QC, Centre Bell
6 Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8 Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
12 Memphis, TN, FedExForum
14 Orlando, FL, Amway Center
15 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
17 Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
18 Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
20 Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
22 Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion
23 Austin, TX, Germania Insurance Amphitheater
25 The Woodlands, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion


31 Cologne, Germany – Stadium


1 Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
7 Berlin, Germany – Waldbühne
10 Barcelona, Spain – Knotfest at Sea
22 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom – Knotfest UK

Metallica, meanwhile, are set to play some very special U.S. festivals this year, performing two different headline sets at each Danny Wimmer weekender.

Catch them at one of the following:


1-3 Epicenter – Concord, North Carolina
8-10 Welcome To Rockville – Daytona Beach, Florida
15-17 Sonic Temple – Columbus, Ohio


18-20 Louder Than Life – Louisville, Kentucky


9-11 Aftershock – Sacramento, California