Ride the Lightning


July 6, 2022

Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984 under the Megaforce Records label. "Ride the Lightning" was certified a gold album by the RIAA on November 5, 1987 and was certified 5x platinum on June 9, 2003.[2] "Ride the Lightning" is considered a thrash album. classic metal by fans, critics and members of Metallica and is regarded as one of the best metal albums of all time.


"Ride the Lightning" maintains the essence and speed of Kill 'Em All in songs like Trapped Under Ice and Fight Fire with Fire. However, it also contains slow, complex songs like Fade to Black and The Call of Ktulu. The album was listed at number 3 on a list compiled by "metal-rules.com" of the "Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time"[3] and number 5 by "IGN Music" on the "Top 25 Metal Albums".[4]


Fade to Black was released as a promotional single in 1984, on black vinyl and has a green glow in the dark.[5] For Whom the Bell Tolls was released as a promotional single with two versions of the song, an edited version on the A-side and the album version on the B-side. Creeping Death was released as a single and the B-side contains covers of songs by other bands that would later be released on the Garage Inc. album.[6]

Song list

All lyrics composed by James Hetfield.

Bernett's misprint

In 1984, the French record label called Bernett Records, released misprinted copies of the album as the color of the album cover should be blue and not green. 400 copies with the green cover were printed. Due to their rarity, this error caused the green albums to become a collector's item for fans.[7]

Positioning and certifications



Since the start of the SoundScan era in 1991, Ride the Lightning has sold 4,334,000 copies.[10]


James Hetfield: Vocals, rhythm guitar Kirk Hammett – lead guitar, backing vocals Cliff Burton – electric bass, backing vocals Lars Ulrich: Drums Production Metallica; Flemming Rasmussen; Mark Whitaker – Producers Flemming Rasmussen – Sound Engineer George Marino – Remastered Metallica - Cover Concept AD Artists - Cover Design