I Disappear

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For the song by The Faint, see I Disappear (The Faint song).
"I Disappear"
Single by Metallica
from the album Mission: Impossible II Soundtrack
Released May 9, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:26
Label Warner Bros./Hollywood Records
Writer(s) James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Bob Rock
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica singles chronology
"No Leaf Clover"
(2000)
"I Disappear"
(2000)
"St. Anger"
(2003)
Music video
"I Disappear" on YouTube

"I Disappear" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. The song was recorded as a contribution to the Mission: Impossible II Soundtrack and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for seven (non-consecutive) weeks in summer 2000. It does not appear on any of Metallica's studio albums, making it the band's only standalone single. The song, which won a 2000 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Song of the Year From a Movie Soundtrack,"[1] is the last Metallica studio recording to feature bassist Jason Newsted.

The discovery of an unfinished version of the song in early 2000 on the peer-to-peer file sharing network Napster helped bring the illegal sharing of mp3 files to the spotlight, leading to the lawsuits that eventually brought down the original incarnation of Napster.

Track listing[edit]

Two versions of the single were released, one with just the song, and a second featuring a second, instrumental version of the song. They bear different catalog numbers.[2]

With instrumental[edit]

Written and composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

No. Title Length
1. "I Disappear"   4:29
2. "I Disappear" (instrumental) 4:26
  • The single incorrectly lists the track lengths as 4:26 and 4:32, respectively.

Song only[edit]

Written and composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

No. Title Length
1. "I Disappear"   4:29

Music video[edit]

The music video to the song, directed by Wayne Isham, features the members from Metallica in scenes that reference other movies. Kirk Hammett is in a desert being chased by a plane in a reference to North by Northwest. Jason Newsted is in a mansion struggling against hundreds of people that walk by him, similar to a scene in Brazil. James Hetfield is driving a car down a San Francisco hill, in a chase sequence resembling Bullitt. Lars Ulrich jumps off of an exploding building, similar to the film Die Hard. In between these scenes, the band plays together at the top of a tall rock in Monument Valley, Utah. There are also some takes in between, featuring Tom Cruise climbing on the rock, which is taken from the movie Mission Impossible: 2. The car driven by James in the video is a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro. Upon the video's completion, the car was given to Hetfield as a gift. He later donated the car to the Hard Rock Cafe.

Personnel[edit]

Metallica
Production

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 25
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 15
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[6] 11
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 2
France (SNEP)[8] 45
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 14
Ireland (IRMA) 31
Italy (FIMI)[10] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 36
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 8
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[13] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 20
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
June 10 – July 1, 2000
August 5 – August 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers