Nothing Else Matters is a power ballad by heavy metal band Metallica. The song reached #11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1992. This song also featured as a playable track on the game Guitar Hero: Metallica.
“Nothing Else Matters” is a single from the album Metallica.
Singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield wrote this song while on the phone with his then girlfriend. Since he held the phone with one hand, he plucked the four open strings with the other, which eventually made up the first two bars of the song. The lyrics were also dedicated to his girlfriend, which talk about being "so close, no matter how far", indicating the bond they shared even when Hetfield was on tour. Initially, the song wasn't meant to go on the album, and Hetfield had written it for himself, but only after drummer Lars Ulrich heard it, did it get considered for the record.
The song has now become a staple in Metallica's live performances, and has been dedicated to their fans.
Its intro is an E minor arpeggio beginning with E on the D string, open G, B and high E strings. It was first rumoured, and then confirmed by Hetfield on Classic Albums: The Black Album DVD, that he started composing it while he was on the phone with his girlfriend and only had one free hand.
It is one of the few Metallica songs in which Hetfield, rather than Hammett, plays the guitar solo. Given that Hetfield recorded all rhythm and most harmony tracks on the band's first five albums, it is therefore the only Metallica song that does not feature Hammett's playing (excluding Cliff Burton's bass solo “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth”). In response to a question asked by a fan in So What!, the magazine of Metallica's official fan club, Hetfield confirmed that he recorded every guitar track on the song.
The video premiered on MTV on February 26, 1992. It was directed by Adam Dubin; it consists of parts of the "A year and a half..." video tape which was shot during the recordings of Metallica. 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 that are taped up in the studio. It also has a picture of Kip Winger which Lars Ulrich is seen throwing darts at. It should be noted that 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”.
For its appearance on S&M, its orchestration was arranged by Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. This live version is found on the S&M album. This version 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 January 4, 2000.
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 (and ease of play compared to Metallica's other material) it has been covered many times, by both artists within and outside the rock genre. Bands who have covered the song include:
- Apocalyptica, a band that plays metal music using primarily 4 cellos (Inquisition Symphony)
- String Quartet, in their Tribute to Metallica, a version quite similar to that of Apocalyptica but with more classical elements in it
- Awaken on the Party In Lyceum's Toilets album
- Die Krupps for The Blackest Album tribute albums
- David Garrett
- Declan Galbraith on his album You and Me
- Vienna Boys' Choir
- Scott D. Davis
- Iron Horse
- Joe Lynn Turner for the Metallic Attack: Metallica - The Ultimate Tribute tribute album
- Gregorian (a troupe of Gregorian chanters)
- Lucie Silvas (a British pop singer/songwriter)
- LMP on their album A Century of Song.
- Bif Naked on the Superbeautifulmonster album
- The Angels of Venice
- Staind on MTV Icon
- Apoptygma Berzerk for the Paranoia single.
- Jon Oliva, Bob Balch (of Fu Manchu), Lemmy, and Gregg Bissonette for Metallica Assault: A Tribute to Metallica.
- Solarisis - Overload 2: Tribute to Metallica.
- Marco Masini (Italian singer-songwriter) as "E Chi Se Ne Frega" (moderately vulgar Italian for "Who cares"), for the album Uscita Di Sicurezza. (Marco Masini's version only covers the music. The lyrics for "E chi se ne frega" are not the Italian translation of Metallica's song.)
- Bugotak band from Novosibirsk released a Buryat language version with some Buryat instruments
- The Dutch DJ DJ Zany & MC DV8 created a hardstyle version of the song
- Tose Proeski during his concerts
- Rev Theory on their acoustic EP Acoustic Live from the Gibson Lounge
- Canadian all-female singing group Aliqua on their self-titled album and also released a music video of them performing the song
Jaanus performed that in Estonian Idol("Eesti Otsib Superstaari")
“Nothing Else Matters” is one of the nine songs to be played live over 1000 times, along with “Master Of Puppets”, “Creeping Death”, “Seek & Destroy”, “One”, “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, “Enter Sandman”, “Sad But True”, and “Fade To Black”.
So close no matter how far Couldn't be much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are And nothing else matters Never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say And nothing else matters Trust I seek and I find in you Every day for us something new Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters Never cared for what they do Never cared for what they know But I know So close no matter how far Couldn't be much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are And nothing else matters Never cared for what they do Never cared for what they know But I know Never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say And nothing else matters Trust I seek and I find in you Every day for us something new Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters Never cared for what they say Never cared for games they play Never cared for what they do Never cared for what they know And I know So close no matter how far Couldn't be much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are No nothing else matters