Sad but True

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"Sad but True"
Single by Metallica
from the album Metallica
B-side "Harvester of Sorrow" (live)/"So What?"
"Nothing Else Matters" (Elevator Version)/"Creeping Death" (live)/"Sad But True" (Demo)
Released February 8, 1993[1]
Format CD single, Cassette, vinyl
Recorded June 16, 1991 at One on One Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length 5:24
Label Elektra
Writer(s) James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich
Metallica singles chronology
"Wherever I May Roam"
"Sad But True"
"Until It Sleeps"
Music video
"Sad but True" on YouTube
Music sample

"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 from the single was released in October, 1992.


Though the band had utilized the 'D standard' tuning for the recording and subsequent performances of covers such as "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" and "The Small Hours", this was the second instance of the band utilizing such a low guitar tuning for an original piece ("The Thing That Should Not Be" was the first, but in drop-D tuning, not standard D tuning). Bassist Jason Newsted tuned his 5-string bass down to 'A standard' for this song, which is essentially the equivalent of D standard, i.e. one whole step down.

In popular culture[edit]

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 & Germany Vinyl 7" 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 Vinyl Single
  1. "Sad but True"
  2. "Nothing Else Matters (Live)"
  3. "Sad but True (Live)"


Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 50
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 42
Ireland (IRMA) 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 42
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 31
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 98
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard) 15