James Hetfield

1963 - Today

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James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician. He is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, co-founder, and a primary songwriter of heavy metal band Metallica. He is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos both live and in studio. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Hetfield has received more than 11,126,236 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). James Hetfield is the 155th most popular musician (down from 146th in 2019), the 914th most popular biography from United States (down from 851st in 2019) and the 42nd most popular American Musician.

James Hetfield is most famous for being the lead singer and guitarist for the band Metallica.

Memorability Metrics

  • 11M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.27

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 74

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.25

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.91

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of James Hetfields by language

Over the past year James Hetfield has had the most page views in the with 1,666,281 views, followed by Spanish (249,393), and German (198,223). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (288.22%), Southern Azerbaijani (192.10%), and West Frisian (147.95%)


Among musicians, James Hetfield ranks 155 out of 3,175Before him are Hans von Bülow, Compay Segundo, Dizzy Gillespie, Ravi Shankar, Andrés Segovia, and James Last. After him are Don Shirley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Giya Kancheli, Keith Jarrett, Alfred Cortot, and Leslie Cheung.

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Among people born in 1963, James Hetfield ranks 21Before him are Peter Schmeichel, Eros Ramazzotti, Geert Wilders, Rick Rubin, Thomas Anders, and Donnie Yen. After him are Jean-Pierre Papin, Rafael Correa, Tori Amos, Yair Lapid, James May, and Randy Couture.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Hetfield ranks 914 out of 20,380Before him are Lewis Strauss (1896), John Lee Hooker (1917), Ray Tomlinson (1941), Frederick Reines (1918), Herbert A. Hauptman (1917), and Jill Biden (1951). After him are Don Shirley (1927), Francis Peyton Rous (1879), Willard Libby (1908), Larry Hagman (1931), Billy Joel (1949), and Jennifer Connelly (1970).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, James Hetfield ranks 42Before him are Buddy Holly (1936), Nikki Sixx (1958), Bill Evans (1929), Ray Manzarek (1939), Benny Goodman (1909), and Dizzy Gillespie (1917). After him are Don Shirley (1927), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Keith Jarrett (1945), Chick Corea (1941), Ritchie Valens (1941), and Duff McKagan (1964).