Sad but True

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"Sad but True"
Metallica - Sad but True cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Metallica
B-side
ReleasedFebruary 8, 1993[1]
Recorded1991
StudioOne on One (Los Angeles, California)
GenreHeavy metal
Length5:24
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Wherever I May Roam"
(1992)
"Sad but True"
(1993)
"Until It Sleeps"
(1996)
Music video
"Sad but True" on YouTube
Audio sample
"Sad But True"

"Sad but True" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in February 1993 as the fifth and final single from their eponymous fifth album, Metallica. The music video for the single was released in October 1992.

Track listing[edit]

US single

  1. "Sad but True"
  2. "So What"

International single part 1

  1. "Sad but True" – 5:27
  2. "So What" – 3:09
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow" (live) – 6:41

International single part 2

  1. "Sad but True" – 5:27
  2. "Nothing Else Matters" (Elevator version) – 6:31
  3. "Creeping Death" (live) – 8:01
  4. "Sad but True" (demo) – 4:53

UK picture single

  1. "Sad but True" – 5:26
  2. "Nothing Else Matters" (live) – 6:13
  3. "Sad but True" (live) – 6:12

UK and German 7-inch single

  1. "Sad but True" – 5:24
  2. "Nothing Else Matters" – 6:29

French single

  1. "Sad but True" – 5:27
  2. "Nothing Else Matters" (edit) – 6:29

International 7-inch single

  1. "Sad but True"
  2. "Nothing Else Matters" (live)
  3. "Sad but True" (live)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992–1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 50
Denmark (IFPI)[4] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[5] 22
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 42
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 42
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 5
Portugal (AFP)[13] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 31
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 98
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2020, the Mongolian hunnu band The HU released a cover of the song translated entirely into Mongolian.[19]

The Metallica Blacklist, a compilation album released in 2021, features seven covers of the song, including a live version by Sam Fender and studio versions by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Mexican Institute of Sound, Royal Blood, St. Vincent, White Reaper and YB.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metallica. "Sad but True". Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Sales in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 10 no. 13. March 27, 1993. p. 28. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 10 no. 13. March 27, 1993. p. 27. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  6. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  7. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sad but True". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Metallica" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True". VG-lista.
  13. ^ "Top 10 Sales in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 10 no. 15. April 10, 1993. p. 24. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  14. ^ "Metallica – Sad but True". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  16. ^ "Metallica Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  17. ^ "Metallica Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2021 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  19. ^ December 2020, Fraser Lewry04. "The Hu release spectacular Mongolian language cover of Metallica's Sad But True". Metal Hammer Magazine. Retrieved December 7, 2020.