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"Nothing Else Matters"
Single by Metallica
from the album Metallica
B-side"Enter Sandman" (live)
"Enter Sandman" (live)/"Harvester of Sorrow" (live)/"Nothing Else Matters" (Demo)
ReleasedApril 20, 1992
FormatCD single, Cassette, Vinyl, Download
RecordedJune 16, 1991 at One on One Studios (now called 17 Hertz Studio) located at 5253 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, California.
GenreHeavy metal
Writer(s)James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich
Producer(s)Bob Rock
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Metallica singles chronology

"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 over forty times.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Demo
  • 3 Composition
  • 4 Music video
  • 5 Live
  • 6 Track listing
  • 7 Charts and certifications
    • 7.1 Peak positions
    • 7.2 Certifications
  • 8 Personnel
  • 9 Additional personnel
  • 10 Alternative versions
    • 10.1 Nothing Else Matters '99
      • 10.1.1 Peak positions
    • 10.2 "Elevator Version"
  • 11 Covers
  • 12 Lucie Silvas version
    • 12.1 Track listing
  • 13 Charts
  • 14 References
  • 15 External links


Lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield wrote the song (credited to Hetfield/Ulrich[citation needed]) 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.[1]


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.


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, not Kirk Hammett, 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" and the band's cover of "The Ecstasy of Gold" in which he does not appear.[citation needed]

Music video

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".


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

  • This version was released in Europe April 27, 1992[2] and it contained the three songs Metallica played at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert on April 20, 1992 at Wembley Stadium.


  • James Hetfield – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
  • Lars Ulrich – drums
  • Jason Newsted – bass

Additional personnel

  • Michael Kamen – orchestral arrangement

Nothing Else Matters '99

"Nothing Else Matters '99 (Live)"
Single by Metallica
from the album S&M
B-side"For Whom the Bell Tolls" (S&M version)/"−Human"
ReleasedNovember 22, 1999
FormatCD single
RecordedApril 21–22, 1999 at Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California
GenreSymphonic rock
Producer(s)Bob Rock
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Michael Kamen
Metallica singles chronology

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.[20] This version was also played with guitars tuned to E♭.

"Elevator Version"

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".


Because of the song's popularity it has been covered many times, by artists both within and outside the rock genre. Bands who have covered the song include:

  • Doro Pesch covered the song for the Metallica - A Tribute to the Black Album, which was released in Germany in the Special Edition of the Metal Hammer August * 2011.[25]
  • Iris Kroes on harp and vocals, and she even performed this song as a concerto for the concert of 40th Anniversary of Rotterdams Jeugd Symfonie Orkest (RJSO) at October 21, 2012.[26]
  • Scala & Kolacny Brothers covered this on their "Circle" album in 2010. The song was later used for the trailer for the film Zero Dark Thirty and miniseries Heroes Reborn in addition to the pilot episode of Crisis and TV spot for the first half of Gotham season 3 subtitled Gotham: Mad City.[27]
  • Lissie covered the song during her Live Lounge session on the Radio 2 show 'Saturday Session' hosted by Dermot O'Leary in the UK which was later included in the second disc of the double CD release Dermot O'Leary Saturday Sessions: 2CD. Her version was also featured in the launch trailer for Gears of War 4.[28]

Lucie Silvas version

"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
Producer(s)Mike Peden
Lucie Silvas singles chronology

"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.


  1. ^ "James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett Look Back On Metallica's Black Album". 2012-06-22. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
  2. ^ Live at Wembley Stadium release date
  3. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ a b " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters". Tracklisten.
  7. ^ "Metallica: Nothing Else Matters" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  8. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ a b " – Metallica Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ Italian peaks
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Metallica search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters". VG-lista.
  14. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 2 January 2012.  Enter Metallica in the field Interpret. Enter Nothing Else Matters in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  17. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2014". Ultratop & Hung Medien / 
  18. ^ "Certifications". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Certificazioni - Archivio" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 24 June 2014.  Select Online, Week 24, Year 2013, then press Vai!.
  20. ^ Nothing Else Matters '99 release date
  21. ^ " – Metallica with Michael Kamen conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Nothing Else Matters". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  22. ^ " – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  23. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Metallica with Michael Kamen conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  24. ^ " – Metallica with Michael Kamen conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra – Nothing Else Matters". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ Metallica Sonderheft vom METAL HAMMER Metal Hammer
  26. ^ Jubileumconcert RJSO! Iris Kroes - Nothing Else Matters (October 21, 2012)
  27. ^ New ‘Gotham’ Season 3 Trailer Is Super Serious You Guys (September 2, 2016)
  28. ^ Gears of War 4 “Goes Gold” – A New Saga Begins on October 11 (September 16, 2016)

External links

  • 40 Nothing Else Matters covers
  • Chart Stats
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
  • Chords & Lyrics to "Nothing Else Matters" on YouTab

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