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I Disappear

"I Disappear"
Metallica - I Disappear cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Mission: Impossible 2 (soundtrack)
ReleasedMay 9, 2000
FormatCD single
GenreHeavy metal
Metallica singles chronology
"No Leaf Clover"
"I Disappear"
"St. Anger"
Music video
"I Disappear" on YouTube

"I Disappear" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. The song was recorded as a contribution to the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack and reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for seven (non-consecutive) weeks in summer 2000. It does not appear on any of Metallica's studio albums, making it the band's only standalone single. The song, which won a 2000 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Song of the Year From a Movie Soundtrack,"[1] is the last Metallica studio recording to feature bassist Jason Newsted.

The discovery of an unfinished version of the song in early 2000 on the peer-to-peer file sharing network Napster helped bring the illegal sharing of mp3 files to the spotlight, leading to the lawsuits that eventually brought down the original incarnation of Napster.

Track listing

Two versions of the single were released, one with the song only, and a second featuring a second, instrumental version of the song. They bear different catalog numbers.[2]

With instrumental

Written and composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

1."I Disappear"4:29
2."I Disappear" (Instrumental)4:26
  • The single incorrectly lists the track lengths as 4:26 and 4:32, respectively.

Song only

Written and composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

1."I Disappear"4:29

Music video

The music video to the song, directed by Wayne Isham, features the members from Metallica in scenes that reference other movies. Kirk Hammett is in a desert being chased by a plane in a reference to North by Northwest. Jason Newsted is in a mansion struggling against hundreds of people that walk by him, similar to a scene in Brazil. James Hetfield is driving a car down a San Francisco hill, in a chase sequence resembling Bullitt. Lars Ulrich jumps off of an exploding building, similar to the film Die Hard. In between these scenes, the band plays together at the top of a tall rock in Monument Valley, Utah. In between these scenes, scenes featuring Tom Cruise climbing on the rock, taken from the film Mission: Impossible 2 are intercut. At the end of the video, Cruise reaches the top only for the band to have vanished. The car driven by Hetfield in the video is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro; upon the video's completion, the Camaro was gifted to Hetfield. On September 22, 2003, Hetfield listed the Camaro on the auction website eBay,[3] which later sold for more than $70,000 to charity.[4]

It was the last video by the band to feature Newsted.




Chart (2000) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 25
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 15
Brazil (ABPD)[8] 84
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[9] 11
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 2
France (SNEP)[11] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 31
Italy (FIMI)[14] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[15] 36
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 8
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[17] 25
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[18] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 35
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[22] 2
US Billboard Hot 100 76
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 11


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[23] Gold 5,641[23]

*sales figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Metal Edge, June 2001
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2011-03-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "News - James Hetfield Auctions Car on". Knac.Com. 2003-09-26. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  5. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear" (in French). Ultratip.
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  9. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7254." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
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  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 33, 2000". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
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  15. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  16. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  18. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear" Canciones Top 50.
  19. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ " – Metallica – I Disappear". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  22. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
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