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Single by Metallica
from the album Death Magnetic
ReleasedSeptember 2, 2008 (2008-09-02)
RecordedMarch 12, 2007 – May 11, 2008
GenreThrash metal, heavy metal
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Metallica singles chronology
"My Apocalypse"
"The Judas Kiss"

"Cyanide" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, the third single taken from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. On September 1, 2008, it was made available for streaming on the band's official website, as well as a download (for Platinum Members only) from the Death Magnetic website Mission: Metallica. It has since been made available for purchase as a digital single in the iTunes Store.

The song was played live for the first time on August 9, 2008 at Ozzfest in Dallas, Texas, and was the first song from Death Magnetic to be performed live in its entirety. An audio recording of the performance is featured on the band's MySpace page. The song was also performed live on Later... with Jools Holland in 2008.[1]

Track listing

iTunes single[2]



Chart performance

In March 2009, "Cyanide" became Metallica's seventh number-one hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It is their second consecutive number one on the chart from Death Magnetic, making the album only the band's second to spawn two number-one hits on the chart (1996's Load being the first). It is also the band's fifth top twenty hit on the Billboard Modern Rock chart, peaking at No. 19. The song peaked at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 due to being released as a digital single prior to Death Magnetic's release.[3]

"Cyanide" has been successful worldwide as well, reaching the top twenty in Canada, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and the top fifty in Australia, the UK, and Ireland.


Chart (2008)[4] Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 48
Canadian Hot 100 19
Danish Singles Chart 23
Finnish Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 48
Norwegian Singles Chart 15
Swedish Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 50
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 19

See also


  1. ^ "Later with Jools Holland - Metallica". Metallica. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  2. ^ "Cyanide - Single". iTunes. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  3. ^ Metallica chart history Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Metallica - Cyanide - Music Charts". Retrieved 2011-08-14.