James Hetfield

1963 - Today

James Hetfield

James Alan Hetfield (born August 3, 1963) is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering an advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Hetfield has received more than 5,938,761 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 124th most popular musician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 5.9M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.25

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 68

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.98

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.06

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, James Hetfield ranks 124 out of 2,258Before him are Richard Wright, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Ravi Shankar, Compay Segundo, Paul Mauriat, and Charlie Watts. After him are Quincy Jones, Chris Slade, Arnaut Daniel, Cliff Richard, Oscar Peterson, and Muddy Waters.

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Among people born in 1963, James Hetfield ranks 14Before him are George Michael, Garry Kasparov, Till Lindemann, Viktor Orbán, Ronald Koeman, and Mohammed VI of Morocco. After him are Eros Ramazzotti, Matti Nykänen, Rafael Correa, Thomas Anders, James May, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Hetfield ranks 679 out of 12,171Before him are Alan Arkin (1934), Sheldon Lee Glashow (1932), Ginger Rogers (1911), Jayne Mansfield (1933), Margaret Hamilton (1936), and Colin Powell (1937). After him are Stephen Covey (1932), William Saroyan (1908), Tommy Hilfiger (1951), Theodore Schultz (1902), Nancy Sinatra (1940), and Paul Allen (1953).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, James Hetfield ranks 35Before him are Bill Haley (1925), Alice Cooper (1948), Ritchie Valens (1941), Buddy Holly (1936), Paul Simon (1941), and Bill Evans (1929). After him are Quincy Jones (1933), Muddy Waters (1913), Chick Corea (1941), Don Cherry (1936), Ray Manzarek (1939), and Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (1959).