Fuel (song)

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"Fuel"
Metallica - Fuel cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Reload
B-side
ReleasedJune 16, 1998
FormatCD single
Recorded1996
GenreHeavy metal
Length4:26
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Bob Rock
Metallica singles chronology
"The Unforgiven II"
(1998)
"Fuel"
(1998)
"Better than You"
(1998)
Music video
"Fuel" on YouTube
Audio sample
Fuel

"Fuel" is a song by American thrash metal band Metallica. The song was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, and was released as the third single from their seventh album, Reload; the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999 but lost to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for the song "Most High". It was moderately successful on the music charts, peaking at number two in Australia, number five in Finland and number six on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

Metallica have frequently played "Fuel" in concerts over the years, including the 1999 live album S&M with Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single 1

  1. "Fuel" – 4:30
  2. "Sad but True" (Live) – 6:23
  3. "Nothing Else Matters" – 6:08

UK CD single 2

  1. "Fuel" – 4:32
  2. "Wherever I May Roam" – 6:50
  3. "One" – 8:06

UK CD single 3

  1. "Fuel" – 4:30
  2. "Until It Sleeps" (Live) – 4:25
  3. "Fuel" (Live) – 4:41
  4. "Fuel" (Demo) – 4:25

Japanese EP

  1. "Fuel" – 4:30
  2. "Fuel" (Live) – 4:39
  3. "Sad but True" (Live) – 6:24
  4. "Until It Sleeps" (Live) – 4:26
  5. "One" (Live) – 8:07
  6. "Fuel" (Demo) – 4:26

All live tracks were recorded on April 20, 1998 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Europe June 16, 1998 Vinyl, CD Elektra
United States June 22, 1998

In popular culture[edit]

As an instrumental piece, "Fuel" was the theme song and used as background music during race recaps for NASCAR broadcasts on NBC and TNT from 2001 to 2003 seasons. (It was also used for the 2004 coverage of the Daytona 500, but not as the theme song.) However, from the MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 until the end of the 2001 season, the opening scream ("Give me fuel, Give me fire, Give me that which I desire!") was removed because of its close association with terrorists in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

An early demo version of the song entitled "Fuel for Fire", recorded on October 5, 1995, and featuring different lyrics, appears on the NASCAR Full Throttle CD; the song was used as the entrance music for NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano when they guest-starred on the October 26, 2009 episode of WWE Raw.

The song was featured in the television series House M.D., on the episode "Known Unknowns".[14]

Avril Lavigne has covered the song live paying tribute to the band at MTV Icon: Metallica, held in Universal City, California, in 2003.

The song was featured in the video game Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open as the game's opening video music and a selectable music track in the game.

The song was also featured as the theme song for Hot Wheels Turbo Racing.

The song was featured in the 2009 music game Guitar Hero: Metallica as a playable track.

"Fuel" was used in a 2016 television advertising campaign for the 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger.

"Fuel" is also used as the intro song for the Indy Fuel hockey team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Metallica – Fuel". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Metallica – Fuel" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Metallica: Fuel" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Metallica – Fuel". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Metallica – Fuel" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Metallica – Fuel". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". Cite web requires |website= (help)
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Metallica – Fuel". Singles Top 100. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Metallica Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 1998". ARIA. Retrieved September 4, 2019. Cite web requires |website= (help)
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 4, 2019. Cite web requires |website= (help)
  14. ^ Fox.com – House Episode Guide – "Known Unknowns" – (section) Featured Music Archived 2012-02-08 at the Wayback Machine

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