St. Anger (song)

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"St. Anger"
Single by Metallica
from the album St. Anger
B-side "Commando"
"Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World"
"Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"
"Cretin Hop"
"We're a Happy Family"
Released June 23, 2003
Format CD single, Vinyl
Recorded May, 2002-April, 2003
Genre Heavy metal
Length 7:21 (album version)
5:41 (radio edit)
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Bob Rock, Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Bob Rock, Metallica
Metallica singles chronology
"I Disappear"
"St. Anger"
Music video
"St. Anger" on YouTube

"St. Anger" is a song by American heavy metal group Metallica. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from their eighth studio album of the same name. It won Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to Somewhere I Belong by Linkin Park.[1][2]

This song provided the theme for WWE's SummerSlam 2003; the music video was also included in the pay-per-view DVD.

The lyric "Fuck it all and fuckin' no regrets, I hit the lights on these dark sets" may be a reference to two other Metallica songs, "Damage, Inc." (Master of Puppets) and "Hit the Lights" (Kill 'Em All). [3] [4]

Music video[edit]

The "St. Anger" video, directed by The Malloys, was shot in San Quentin State Prison, California. The band played at various locations in the area to hundreds of enthusiastic inmates.[5] It is also the first Metallica video to feature bassist Robert Trujillo who joined just prior to filming.[6]

The video begins with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich starting the beat saying "En, to, tre, fire!" (taken from the live in studio performance of "The Unnamed Feeling") which translated from Danish means "One, two, three, four!" At the end of the video there's the sentence: "For all the souls impacted by San Quentin, your spirit will forever be a part of Metallica."

It won a 2003 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Video of the Year.[7]

Track list[edit]

International Single Part 1
No. Title Length
1. "St. Anger"   7:21
2. "Commando" (Ramones cover) 1:48
3. "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World" (Ramones cover) 2:13
International Single Part 2
No. Title Length
1. "St. Anger"   7:21
2. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (Ramones cover) 1:40
3. "Cretin Hop" (Ramones cover) 1:56
International 7" Vinyl Single
No. Title Length
1. "St. Anger"   7:21
2. "We're a Happy Family" (Ramones cover) 2:20
Japanese EP
No. Title Length
1. "St. Anger"   7:21
2. "Commando" (Ramones cover) 1:48
3. "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World" (Ramones cover) 2:13
4. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (Ramones cover) 1:40
5. "We're a Happy Family" (Ramones cover) 2:20

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 43
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 24
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 15
Ireland (IRMA) 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 6
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[17] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 28
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 9
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2


  1. ^ Zahlaway, Jon (2004-03-01). "Metallica still rolling out tour dates behind 'St. Anger'". LiveDaily. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2003-08-25). "The Rap On The Best Rock Video Nominees". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  3. ^ | Hit the Lights
  4. ^ | Damage, Inc
  5. ^ "Director BRENDAN MALLOY Discusses The METALLICA 'St. Anger' Music Video". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 2003-07-31. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  6. ^ "Metallica play at San Quentin Prison". Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  7. ^ Metal Edge, June 2004
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