I Don't Care (Apocalyptica song)

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"I Don't Care"
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Single by Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier
from the album Worlds Collide
Released May 30, 2008 (U.S.)
September 5, 2008 (Germany)
Format Compact disc, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge, cello metal

3:57 (Album Version)

3:41 (Single & US album Version)
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Eicca Toppinen, Adam Gontier, Max Martin
Producer(s) Howard Benson
Apocalyptica singles chronology
"S.O.S. (Anything But Love)"
"I Don't Care"
"End of Me"
"S.O.S. (Anything But Love)"
"I Don't Care"
"End of Me"

"I Don't Care" is a song by Finnish rock band Apocalyptica, the song was released in 2008 as the third and final single from their sixth album Worlds Collide and features Adam Gontier on lead vocals. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for one week and No. 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart where it spent a year in the top 20.


There are two recorded versions of the song. The first one (length 3:57) was released in 2007 in Europe. Adam Gontier wanted to re-record the song for the US and Canada release of "Worlds Collide" in 2008 and that version is 3:41. In this radio edit version of the song, some explicit content of the lyrics, including the chorus's second half, are replaced. The radio edit version is available only on the single and the US and Canadian edition of the album. In a February 2008 interview for Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles magazine Eicca Toppinen from Apocalyptica explains why there are two versions of the song: "Actually we've reworked the song. Adam [Gontier] originally recorded his vocals in the spring (of 2007) with our producer (Jacob Hellner), but Adam wasn't entirely happy with the result. So a couple of weeks ago, Adam went to the studio with (Three Days Grace producer) Howard Benson to record a new version of the song. It's really great. It will actually be on the US/Canadian edition."[1]

"I Don't Care" was based upon the instrumental track "Love Song", written by Eicca Toppinen for the Black Ice movie soundtrack.

Music video[edit]

As far as the concept of the video goes, "It's going to be a bit freaky," says Eicca. "It'll be surrealistic in many ways, maybe a little bit in the spirit of Tim Burton. There's acrobats, strange-looking people doing strange things. It's going to be shot in an old house where nobody lives; it's a big mansion. It's really spooky. Of course, the director, Lisa Mann, is the only person who really knows at the moment, but it's exciting for us. She really wants to bring out the people inside the band. It feels completely different. It has a really special look."[1]

The video shows the band playing in a decrepit house. The band plays in a small room with a low ceiling (Adam Gontier has to hunch over in order to stand). Next, the video shows members from the band and other women entering in and out of little doors. In the next scene, it shows the band, Gontier, and more women in a hallway standing still, dancing, walking and playing. Then, three women enter. In this dance sequence, the women dance around the three cello players, trying to seduce them, but they pay no attention. In a cutaway, it shows the three men playing. Cut back, and the three women sit in their laps. Then it shows the men playing the women like cellos. The following scene shows Gontier, rejecting a woman as she attempts to dance with him. In a cutaway scene continuing from the dance sequence, the women take their cellos away. In the last scene, it shows everybody in a room surrounding a table, eating, drinking, laughing, talking, dancing, and kissing. In the end, the band and Adam Gontier finished playing and a green light is shown shining behind them.


"I Don't Care" made it to No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 Rock Songs of the Decade chart.[2]


Eicca Toppinen told about the song in an interview for Dutch metal webzine in 2007: "I wrote some of the lyrics to "I Don't Care." Max Martin wrote most of the lyrics, though. The song is about a fantasy and not about anyone in particular, but I think everyone can find a sense of truth in the lyrics."[3]

In other media[edit]

The track was used in CW's series "Smallville" in season 8, episode 16, called "Turbulence".

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Maxi-CD
  1. "I Don't Care" (US Version)
  2. "Severe Area" (Main Version)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 59
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 78
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 14


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Exclusive: APOCALYPTICA Film 'I Don't Care' Video In Toronto" Bravewords.com. February 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Billboard Best of the 2000s Rock Songs Music Chart" Billboard.com December 31, 2009.
  3. ^ Dekker, Jaco: "apocalyptica interview (in Dutch) Zwaremetalen.com. September 22, 2007.
  4. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Apocalyptica – I Don't Care". Music Canada. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Rock 'n Roll Train" by AC/DC
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
December 20, 2008
Succeeded by
"Second Chance" by Shinedown