"Master of Puppets" is a song by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It is the title track and was released as the first single from their album of the same name.
The album's structure is similar to Metallica's previous album Ride the Lightning, it is the second and title track, preceded by a shorter, high-speed typical thrash metal track. There are several such similarities between Metallica's albums Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice for All. Master of Puppets is also notable for its extensive use of downpicking and its long instrumental section, beginning about three and a half minutes into the song.
The song, as lead singer James Hetfield explained, "deals pretty much with drugs. How things get switched around, instead of you controlling what you're taking and doing, it's drugs controlling you."
This song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica.
This song was Cliff Burton's favorite song, as quoted when the album was released.
VH1 ranked the song as the third greatest heavy metal song ever.
In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at number one in its "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks" list.
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