It Doesn't Matter Anymore

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This article is about the 1959 song. For the 1997 album, see It Doesn't Matter Anymore (album). For other uses, see It Doesn't Matter.
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Single by Buddy Holly
A-side "Raining in My Heart" [1]
Released January 5, 1959
Format vinyl, 7"
Recorded October 21, 1958, Bell Sound Studios, New York City, New York
Genre Pop, rock & roll
Length 2:01
Label Coral Records 9-62074
Writer(s) Paul Anka
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"/"Raining in My Heart"
"Midnight Shift"

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" is a pop ballad written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The song reached No. 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in early 1959 shortly after Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was Holly's last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" - 2:01
  2. "Raining in My Heart" - 2:45

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom the song reached No. 1 on April 24, 1959 and remained in the top slot for three weeks becoming the first posthumous No. 1 hit in UK chart history.[2] Holly would continue to achieve posthumous chart success in the UK well into the 1960s. In the United States it charted at number 13 in the Billboard Hot 100, Holly's last top 20 hit in the country.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Wanda Jackson included a cover of this song on her 1961 album, There's a Party Goin' On.
  • John Barry did an instrumental cover, included on The EMI Years: 1961 compilation.
  • The song was covered by Freddie and the Dreamers on the album You Were Made for Me in 1964.
  • The song was covered by Linda Ronstadt on her multi-Platinum classic #1 album Heart Like a Wheel (1974); the single reached #20 Adult Contemporary, #47 Pop, and #54 Country in the fall of 1975.
  • The song appeared in BBC TV-seies Survivors episode 9, song by Chris Tranchell in 1975
  • New Zealand singer Mark Williams had a NZ number one hit with his cover in 1977.
  • An instrumental version was also recorded by Hank Marvin in 1996 on Hank Plays Holly.
  • The Seekers performed a cover on their 1997 album, Future Road.
  • Eva Cassidy's version of the song was the lead-in to her Imagine album, released posthumously in 2002.
  • Serena Ryder recorded a cover on her 2006 album If Your Memory Serves You Well
  • Marty Wilde did a cover version of the song on the DVD release of 'The 50th Anniversary Concert in 2007.
  • In American Idol Season 11, Jessica Sanchez, Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover performed the song in the Las Vegas round.

See also[edit]



Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-140-3.

  1. ^ "Buddy Holly - It Doesn't Matter Anymore". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 42. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 

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