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]
Format
RecordedJune 16, 1991 at One on One Studios, 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 from the single was released in October, 1992.

Content[edit]

Though the band had used "D standard" tuning for the recording and subsequent performances of covers such as "Crash Course in Brain Surgery" and "The Small Hours", "The Thing That Should Not Be" was the first low tuning song, using the same tuning in the studio (D Standard), and tuning down to C# standard live. 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)"

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 48
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 50
Denmark (IFPI)[6] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 42
Ireland (IRMA) 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 42
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 31
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 98
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard) 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metallica. "Sad But True". Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ Blackett, Matt (October 2004). "The 50 Greatest Tones of All Time". Guitar Player. pp. 44–66.
  3. ^ Kurt Russell Seattle Seahawks introduction Super Bowl XLVIII 2014 - Metallica HD Stereo.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Metallica – Sad But True". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Metallica – Sad But True" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Metallica Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Metallica" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Metallica – Sad But True". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Metallica – Sad But True". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Metallica – Sad But True". Singles Top 100.