by Metallica Wired… to self-destruct The album may have been released in the fall of 2016, but it really dominated the rock world in calendar year 2017. Billboard released its year-end charts and Metallica is heading for both charts most important rocks for 2017.
The band tops a solid list of veteran artists on the Hard Rock Albums Artist Chart. The chart combines an artist’s radio airplay, sales data and streaming data to arrive at its final tally, with Metallica edging out two other perennial favorites – Linkin Park and Foo Fighters.
The Top 10 also shows the strength of bands with healthy back catalogs, as bands like Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin and Journey have all made the cut despite not releasing new music in some time. . See the top 10 hard rock album artists of 2017 below.
2. Linkin Park
3. Foo Fighters
5. Guns N’ Roses
8. Five Finger Death Punch
9. Led Zeppelin
The other major chart of the year was the Top Rock Albums chart, which Metallica also led with Wired…to Self-Destruct. Similar to the Hard Rock Albums Artist Chart, the Top Rock Albums Chart focuses on a mix of radio play, sales data, and streaming data. It was a tight race, with crossover alternate groups Imagine Dragons and Twenty One Pilots who both made their mark with Evolve and blurred face in second and third positions.
The next major rock artist on the list was chart-topping Linkin Park One more light album finished seventh for the year. The group’s catalog also performed well, with Hybrid theory being the No. 20 album of the year and Meteors charting at No. 46. Like Linkin Park, Metallica’s current success also contributed to a past effort, as their self-titled “Black Album” charted at No. 16. Two other major rock albums – Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold and stone age queens Bad guys – came in at No. 29 and No. 41 respectively. See the complete list here.
Metallica Albums Ranked