Cliff Burton

1962 - 1986

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Clifford Lee Burton (February 10, 1962 – September 27, 1986) was an American musician who was the bassist for thrash metal band Metallica from 1982 until his death in 1986. He performed on the band's first three albums, Kill 'Em All (1983), Ride the Lightning (1984), and Master of Puppets (1986). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cliff Burton has received more than 6,562,074 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Cliff Burton is the 60th most popular musician (up from 75th in 2019), the 355th most popular biography from United States (up from 446th in 2019) and the 15th most popular American Musician.

Cliff Burton was the bassist for Metallica from 1982-1986. He died in 1986 when Metallica's tour bus crashed in Sweden.

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  • 6.6M

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  • 68.71

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  • 54

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 15.84

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 1.98

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Over the past year Cliff Burton has had the most page views in the with 975,511 views, followed by Spanish (131,566), and German (95,044). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are West Frisian (83.52%), Simple English (74.53%), and Belarusian (54.48%)


Among musicians, Cliff Burton ranks 60 out of 3,175Before him are Amir Khusrow, Roger Taylor, Vladimir Horowitz, Brian Jones, Benny Andersson, and Baroness Mary Vetsera. After him are Duke Ellington, John Deacon, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Björn Ulvaeus, Charlie Watts, and Ritchie Blackmore.

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Among people born in 1962, Cliff Burton ranks 3Before him are Jim Carrey, and Tom Cruise. After him are Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Anthony Kiedis, Ismail Haniyeh, Jodie Foster, Nicolás Maduro, Demi Moore, Ralph Fiennes, and Olga Tokarczuk. Among people deceased in 1986, Cliff Burton ranks 11Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky, Olof Palme, Mircea Eliade, Tenzing Norgay, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Joseph Beuys. After him are Jean Genet, Harold Macmillan, Frank Herbert, Urho Kekkonen, Henry Moore, and Celâl Bayar.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Cliff Burton ranks 355 out of 20,380Before him are Julia Roberts (1967), Fred Astaire (1899), Rachel Carson (1907), Jack Lemmon (1925), Spencer Tracy (1900), and Oliver Stone (1946). After him are Nicole Kidman (1967), Duke Ellington (1899), Ella Fitzgerald (1917), Willem Dafoe (1955), Christopher Lloyd (1938), and Anna Nicole Smith (1967).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Cliff Burton ranks 15Before him are Brian Wilson (1942), Chuck Berry (1926), Ronnie James Dio (1942), Miles Davis (1926), B.B. King (1925), and Bruce Springsteen (1949). After him are Duke Ellington (1899), Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959), Dean Martin (1917), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Robert Johnson (1911), and Iggy Pop (1947).