"She's Not There" is the debut single by the British pop band The Zombies. It reached No.12 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1964, and reached No.1 on the Cashbox chart (No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100) in the United States at the beginning of December 1964. In Canada, it reached number two.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked "She's Not There" number 297 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Songwriter Rod Argent's second song was recorded and released in mid-1964. One of the song's most distinctive features is Argent's electric piano sound; the instrument used was a Hohner Pianet. The backing vocals are in a folk-influenced close-harmony style. This minor key, jazz-tinged single was first aired in the United States during the first week in August 1964, on New York rock radio station WINS by Stan Z. Burns, who debuted the song on his daily noontime "Hot Spot" segment, during which new songs were played. The tune began to catch on in early fall and eventually reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1964.
The song was later released both on The Zombies' UK album Begin Here (Dec 1964) and US album The Zombies (Jan 1965).
- A French version makes a prominent, yet uncredited, appearance in "Sting in the Tail", an October 1965 episode of ITC's Danger Man (known as "Secret Agent Man" in the US), starring Patrick McGoohan.
- In 1966 Les Bel Canto, a Québec yé-yé band, has released a French cover "Les Filles d'Ève".
- The Litter recorded it on their 1968 album, $100 Fine
- The Vanilla Fudge included a version on their debut album in 1967.
- A solo version by Colin Blunstone under the name "Neil MacArthur" was released on the Deram label in 1969, reaching number 34 in the UK singles chart.
- Věra Špinarová (cs) recorded the Czech-language rendition "Den A Noc" for her 1972 album Andromeda.
- In 1975 an all-girl band, Band of Angels released a gender-reversed version, "He's Not There" on Mums Records, produced by Neil Merryweather.
- A version by the UK Subs was released in 1979, and reached number 36 in the UK Singles Chart.
- Tim Curry covered this song in 1981 on his album Simplicity.
- Panic covered the song in 1982 on PRT label 259.
- Moon Martin covered the song on his 1985 album Mixed Emotions.
- Crowded House recorded a version of this song in 1990, which was featured in the film "The Crossing" (1990).
- Finnish band Russian Love covered the song on their third album, Hover Jack, in 1992.
- The Cruel Sea recorded it for the 1996 film Boys.
- Former Top Of The Pops presenter Mark Franklin covered this song in dance form in 1997. It features on the double CD compilation NRGx2 which was a big seller in the north of England.
- The Magnets covered the song on their 2001 debut album Giving It All That.
- Chris Sligh covered the song on the 2007 season of American Idol.
- Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush covered it instrumentally on the 2004 Real Live album.
- Steve Carlson covered the song on his 2007 album Groovin' On The Inside.
- Jennifer Finney Boylan borrowed the song's title for her memoir She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, in which she discusses the song's impact on her.
- The song is featured in the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet.
- The Road covered the song WKBW 30 Klassics 30 album on Post Records.
- "About Her", Malcolm McLaren's mash-up of "She's Not There", and Bessie Smith singing W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues", is prominently featured in the soundtrack of the Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill.
- TV pop band Bel's Boys recorded a cover version of the song.
- The TV series Glee covered the song in the February 6, 2011 episode The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.
- Neko Case and Nick Cave recorded a duet version for the fourth season premiere of the HBO series True Blood.
- Delta Spirit recorded a cover, available for download from their website.
- In 2012, The Black Angels recorded their own cover version.
- In 2012, The Stripminers released a cover of the song on their album "Frail Hope Ranch".
- In 2012, Barb Jungr covered the song on her album "From Stockport to Memphis"
- In 2013, LOOM covered the song as a b-side to their single "I get a taste".
The song was a hit again for Santana on their 1977 album Moonflower. It peaked at #11 in the UK and No.21 in Canada.