Nothing Else Matters

"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, number 6 on the UK Singles Chart as well as top-ten on many other 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

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]

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