The riffs beats, lyrical content, and every key component of this song make it a true work of musical Art.
The reason James chose this, is it stars his favorite actor of all-time, Clint Eastwood ;)i remind this song to be about the terms of God and why he sleeps at night with the devil's horns raging behind him.James once commented on the idea behind the lyrics of this song, "A child's bedroom is supposed to be a place of safety and peace. Master of Puppets, One, Blackened, For whom the Bell Tolls, Four Horsemen, Sanitarium, Ride the Lightning... Those are heavy metal classics, and honestly, some of the most underappreciated songs in music history.So to have that place of safety invaded by nightmares and things that go bump in the night...that's like..corruption of the innocent y'know? Enter Sandman got them on the 'map', but it's far from their best work, which is saying something. I don't think that Metallica sold out by any means.BTW, the commenter who said Cliff Burton died of a heroin habit, well maybe he did have that problem but he was killed in a bus crash in 1986.WOW WOW WOW Its a total sacrilege to read that any one person has either the courage, or total lack of sense or taste to express in any form that "Enter Sandman" is Metallica's best anything... would have been a part of the band by the years 1990 -1991 when the Black album was produced / processed, unless he fell victim to a heroin habit or something which would have forced him to stay with them and sell his soul like the rest did to the likes of MTV, Bob Rock, etc. Anyways I couldn't believe they had come up with a track which featured such stupid lyrics.I read the lyrics, and I think nightmares aren't often the subject of a song, and it is really cool like that ^^This song is my favorite song!!