I Disappear

I Disappear

"I Disappear"
Single by Metallica
from the album Mission: Impossible II
Released May 9, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:26
Label Warner Bros./Hollywood
Writer(s) James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Bob Rock
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica singles chronology
"No Leaf Clover"
"I Disappear"
"St. Anger"
Music video
"I Disappear" on YouTube

"I Disappear" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. The song was recorded as a contribution to the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for seven (non-consecutive) weeks in summer 2000. It does not appear on any of Metallica's studio albums, making it the band's only standalone single. The song, which won a 2000 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Song of the Year From a Movie Soundtrack,"[1] is the last Metallica studio recording to feature bassist Jason Newsted.

The discovery of an unfinished version of the song in early 2000 on the peer-to-peer file sharing network Napster helped bring the illegal sharing of mp3 files to the spotlight, leading to the lawsuits that eventually brought down the original incarnation of Napster.


  • Track listing 1
    • With instrumental 1.1
    • Song only 1.2
  • Music video 2
  • Personnel 3
  • Chart positions 4
  • References 5

Track listing

Two versions of the single were released, one with the song only, and a second featuring a second, instrumental version of the song. They bear different catalog numbers.[2]

With instrumental

Written and composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

No. Title Length
1. "I Disappear"   4:29
2. "I Disappear" (instrumental) 4:26
  • The single incorrectly lists the track lengths as 4:26 and 4:32, respectively.

Song only

Written and composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

No. Title Length
1. "I Disappear"   4:29

Music video

The music video to the song, directed by Wayne Isham, features the members from Metallica in scenes that reference other movies. Kirk Hammett is in a desert being chased by a plane in a reference to North by Northwest. Jason Newsted is in a mansion struggling against hundreds of people that walk by him, similar to a scene in Brazil. James Hetfield is driving a car down a San Francisco hill, in a chase sequence resembling Bullitt. Lars Ulrich jumps off of an exploding building, similar to the film Die Hard. In between these scenes, the band plays together at the top of a tall rock in Monument Valley, Utah. In between these scenes, scenes featuring Tom Cruise climbing on the rock, taken from the film Mission: Impossible II are intercut. At the end of the video, Cruise reaches the top only for the band to have vanished. The car driven by Hetfield in the video is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro; upon the video's completion, the Camaro was gifted to Hetfield. On September 22, 2003, Hetfield listed the Camaro on the auction website eBay,[3] which later sold for more than $70,000.00.[4]

It was the last video by the band to feature Newsted.



Chart positions

Chart (2000) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 25
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 12
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 15
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[8] 11
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 2
France (SNEP)[10] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 14
Ireland (IRMA) 31
Italy (FIMI)[12] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 36
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 8
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 20
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1


  1. ^ Metal Edge, June 2001
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ http://www.metallica.com/news/sep-22-2003-own-a-piece-of-metallica-video-history.asp
  4. ^ http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=2471
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Metallica – I Disappear" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Metallica – I Disappear" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Metallica – I Disappear" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. ^ Canadian Rock peak
  9. ^ "Metallica: I Disappear" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Metallica – I Disappear" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – Metallica Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Metallica – I Disappear". Top Digital Download.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Metallica search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Metallica – I Disappear". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Metallica – I Disappear" Canciones Top 50.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Metallica – I Disappear". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Metallica – I Disappear". Swiss Singles Chart.
Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
June 10 – July 1, 2000
August 5 – August 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"With Arms Wide Open" by Creed
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers