Nothing Else Matters

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"Nothing Else Matters"
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Metallica
B-side
ReleasedApril 20, 1992
Format
RecordedMay 30, 1991 at One on One Studios, North Hollywood, California
Length6:28
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"The Unforgiven"
(1991)
"Nothing Else Matters"
(1992)
"Wherever I May Roam"
(1992)
Music video
"Nothing Else Matters" on YouTube

"Nothing Else Matters" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well as top-ten positions on many European charts. "Nothing Else Matters" was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Recognized as one of Metallica's best known and most popular songs, it has become a staple in live performances. The song has been covered nearly 100 times.[1]

History[edit]

Lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield wrote the song (credited to Hetfield/Ulrich[2]) in 1990 while he was on the phone with his then girlfriend. Since he held the phone with one hand, he plucked the four open strings of a standard E-minor chord with the other, which eventually made up the first two bars of the song. The lyrics, which talk about being "so close, no matter how far", were also dedicated to his girlfriend, indicating the bond they shared even when Hetfield was on tour. Initially, the song was not meant to be released, as Hetfield had written it for himself, but after drummer Lars Ulrich heard it, it was considered for the album.[3]

Demo[edit]

The song's demo was also called "Nothing Else Matters" and was recorded in Lars Ulrich's home musical studio "Dungeon" on August 13, 1990.

Composition[edit]

Its intro is an E minor arpeggio beginning with the open low E followed by the open G, B and high E strings.

It is one of the few Metallica songs in which Hetfield plays the guitar solo. Given that Hetfield recorded all rhythm and most harmony tracks on the band's first five albums and that Hammett has stated he didn't learn how to play the song until they were well into the tour for the album, Hammett does not play on the studio recording, making it one of the few in the whole Metallica repertoire, along with Cliff Burton's "(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth", in which he does not appear.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on MTV on February 26, 1992.[citation needed] It was directed by Adam Dubin, and edited by Sean Fullan. The clip consists of parts of the A year and a half... video tape which was shot during the recordings of Metallica.[citation needed] One of them shows Hetfield playing the 12 string during one of the choruses. MTV will not air the video during daytime hours anymore because it features nudity in the form of pin-up posters and Playboy centerfolds that are taped up in the studio. It also has a picture of Kip Winger which Lars Ulrich is seen throwing darts at. On the band's 2006 music video compilation DVD, the posters are censored, as was done with the nudity featured in the music videos for "Turn the Page" and "Whiskey in the Jar".

Live[edit]

The song has now become a staple in Metallica's live performances, and has been dedicated to their fans. When played live nowadays, Hammett does the first part of the intro, and Hetfield joins in for the second, to then sing and play it alone until after the first chorus, when the whole band kicks in. Also, the last verse is left out, ending the song with the heavily distorted guitar solo by Hetfield, and usually fading into "Enter Sandman". A live version on which this can be heard can be found on the CD/DVD Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches en la Ciudad de México. Other live recordings can be found on Live Shit: Binge & Purge, on S&M, Cunning Stunts DVD as well as the DVD/Blu-ray The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria as well as on the soundtrack for the band's feature film "Through the Never".

Track listing[edit]

U.S. cassette
No.TitleLength
1."Nothing Else Matters"6:30
2."Enter Sandman" (Live)5:26
International single
No.TitleLength
1."Nothing Else Matters"6:30
2."Enter Sandman" (Live)5:26
3."Harvester of Sorrow" (Live)6:02
4."Nothing Else Matters" (Demo)5:52
Live at Wembley Stadium, London, April 20th, 1992
No.TitleLength
1."Enter Sandman"5:39
2."Sad but True"5:30
3."Nothing Else Matters"6:17
1999 CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Nothing Else Matters" (Live)6:47
2."For Whom the Bell Tolls" (Live)4:52
3."- Human" (Live)4:19
4."Nothing Else Matters" (Video) 

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1992–93) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)
41
France (SNEP)[7] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 9
Ireland (IRMA)
3
Italy (FIMI)[9] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 11
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 34
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 11
Chart (1999-2000) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[18] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 14
Chart (2007–10) Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[19] 23
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[20] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[21] 28
Norway (VG-lista)[22] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 53
Chart (2012–16) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 77
France (SNEP)[7] 162
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 40

Year-end charts[edit]

Year-end chart (1992) Position
Australia (ARIA)[24] 69

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[25] Platinum 50,000*
Belgium (BEA)[26] Platinum 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[27] Platinum 45,000^
Germany (BVMI)[28] Platinum 500,000^
Italy (FIMI)[29] Platinum 50,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Alternative versions[edit]

"Nothing Else Matters '99"[edit]

"Nothing Else Matters '99 (Live)"
Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (live) cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album S&M
B-side
ReleasedNovember 22, 1999
FormatCD single
RecordedApril 21–22, 1999, at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California
Length6:47
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Die, Die My Darling"
(1999)
"Nothing Else Matters '99 (Live)"
(1999)
"No Leaf Clover"
(2000)
San Francisco Symphony singles chronology
"Nothing Else Matters '99"
(1999)
"No Leaf Clover"
(2000)

For its appearance on S&M, its orchestration was arranged by Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. This live version is featured on the album S&M. It was also released as the single "Nothing Else Matters '99", which included the b-sides "-Human", and the S&M version of "For Whom the Bell Tolls", on November 22, 1999.[30] This version was also played with guitars tuned to E♭.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[31] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[32] 33
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[33] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 4
Year-end charts
Chart (2000) Position
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[35] 31

"Elevator Version"[edit]

There is also an acoustic remix of "Nothing Else Matters" that is called the "elevator version" with no electric guitars (replaced by acoustic guitars, even for the solo), Kamen's orchestrations, and Hetfield's voice only; it appears as the b-side to "Sad but True".

Lucie Silvas version[edit]

"Nothing Else Matters"
Single by Lucie Silvas
from the album Breathe In
B-side"Better Love Next Time" (Demo)
ReleasedOctober 31, 2005
FormatCD single, Digital download
GenrePop
Length4:36
LabelMercury
Producer(s)Mike Peden
Lucie Silvas singles chronology
"Forget Me Not"
(2005)
"Nothing Else Matters"
(2005)
"Everytime I Think of You"
(2006)

"Nothing Else Matters" is a special Europe-only single by British singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas. It was released in exactly the same way as "Don't Look Back", with the same b-sides and artwork.

Track listing[edit]

CD1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nothing Else Matters" (Edit)James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich3:07
2."Breathe In" (Live in Denmark)Lucie Silvas, Judie Tzuke, Graham Kearns, Mike Peden3:32
CD2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nothing Else Matters" (Edit)Hetfield, Ulrich3:07
2."Twisting The Chain" (Acoustic)Silvas, Charlie Russell, Kearns, Peden3:55
3."Better Love Next Time" (Demo)Tzuke, Kearns3:40
4."Nothing Else Matters" (Video)Hetfield, Ulrich 

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Dutch Top 40 13
Germany 38
Eurochart Hot 100 160

References[edit]

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