What does Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and now Metallica have in common? They are all winners of the internationally respected Polar Music prize. According to Rolling Stone magazine Rolling Stone, it is considered the Nobel prize of music.

Too many music groups have fell into the ultimate popularity trap. They try to make music that fits the very narrow format required by most radio stations, but Metallica dared to be different. If you owned Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning or Kill em All, you understand why so few of those songs made the radio. Yet, these albums, even while breaking all the rules, would prove to stand the test of time.

Rolling Stone has released a 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time List. Metallica’s Master of Puppets is second only to Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Please feel free to see where all of the other Metallica albums landed on this very prestigious list at Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

Besides the physical power and uniqueness of their music, they earned this honor with their longevity and consistency. Metallica was formed in 1981, and they never looked back. Some call it speed metal, and some call it thrash, but it changed metal forever. Many of the thrash bands that you may have heard count Metallica as one of their main influences.

At the end of the day, Metallica are leaders. Even though they went out of their way not to be exploited by pirates like Napster, they also proved to show their generosity with their own charity organizations. Their organization titled All Within my Hands will be the organization that actually receives the one million kronor that comes with the Polar Music Prize.

Metallica has proven that they play with heart, and they live with heart. Long live Metallica!