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"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" is a pop ballad written by Paul Anka and recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The song reached number 13 as a posthumous hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1959, shortly after Holly was killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. The single was a two-sided hit, backed with "Raining in My Heart". "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was Holly's last US Top 20 hit and featured the orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. It was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it became the country's first posthumous number 1 hit. The song was recorded in mid-October 1958 in New York City. Paul Anka wrote it specifically for Holly. He donated his royalties from the song to Holly's wife. He said: "'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Holly's family. I'm giving my composer's royalty to his widow - it's the least I can do."

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Buddy Holly It Doesnt Matter Anymore 45.jpg
Single by Buddy Holly
from the album The Buddy Holly Story
B-side"Raining in My Heart"
ReleasedJanuary 5, 1959
Formatvinyl, 7"
RecordedOctober 21, 1958, Decca Studios, Pythian Temple, New York
LabelCoral Records 9-62074
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Buddy Holly singles chronology
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"Peggy Sue Got Married"

The song has been covered many times, most commercially successful by New Zealand-born singer songwriter, Mark Williams, who had a number-one hit with it in 1977.

Track listingEdit

  1. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (2:01)
  2. "Raining in My Heart" (2:45)

Chart performanceEdit

In the United Kingdom the song reached number 1 on April 24, 1959, and remained in that position for three weeks, becoming the first posthumous number 1 hit in UK chart history.[1] Holly would continue to achieve posthumous chart success in the UK well into the 1960s. In the United States it reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was Holly's last Top 20 hit in the United States. Internationally, the song reached number 1 in both Canada and Ireland, and also peaked at number 2 in the Australian charts.

Linda Ronstadt versionEdit

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Single by Linda Ronstadt
from the album Heart Like a Wheel
A-side"When Will I Be Loved"
ReleasedMarch 25, 1975
FormatVinyl, 7", 45 RPM
GenrePop, Easy Listening
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Linda Ronstadt singles chronology
"You're No Good"
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"Heat Wave"

Linda Ronstadt covered "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" in 1975. As the B-side of "When Will I Be Loved," it became a double-sided hit. It charted on both the pop and Easy Listening charts of both the United States and Canada. It also was a minor Country hit in the U.S.

Chart historyEdit

Chart (1975) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles[6] 83
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[7] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 47
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 20
U.S. Billboard Country 54
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 80

Mark Williams' versionEdit

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Single by Mark Williams
from the album Taking It All In Stride
B-side"True Love (Is Never Easy)"
ReleasedApril 1977
StudioEMI Studios, Wellington, New Zealand
LabelEMI Music
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Producer(s)Alan Galbraith
Mark Williams singles chronology
"Taking It All in Stride"
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
"A House for Sale"

"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" was covered by New Zealand-born singer songwriter, Mark Williams. The song was released in April 1977 as the second single from his third studio album, Taking It All In Stride (1977). The song peaked at number 1 on the New Zealand charts and was the highest selling single by a New Zealand artist in New Zealand in 1977.

Track listingEdit

7" single (EMI – HR 566)

Side A: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Side B: "True Love (Is Never Easy)"

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1977) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1977) Rank
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 6
New Zealand Artist (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 1

Other cover versionsEdit

  • Wanda Jackson included a cover of this song on her 1961 album, There's a Party Goin' On.
  • John Barry did an instrumental cover, included on the compilation album The EMI Years: 1961.
  • Paul Anka himself recorded this song on his 1963 album, 21 Golden Hits, which contains re-recordings of his old hits, most of which he wrote.
  • Freddie and the Dreamers recorded this song for their album You Were Made for Me in 1964.
  • Linda Ronstadt covered this song on her multi-platinum album Heart Like a Wheel (1974); the single reached number 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart, number 47 on the Pop chart, and number 54 on the Country chart in the fall of 1975.
  • The song was used in the BBC television series Survivors episode 9, sung by Chris Tranchell in 1975.
  • Don McLean included a version on his 1978 album Chain Lightning
  • Hank Marvin performed an instrumental version in 1996 on his album Hank Plays Holly.
  • The Seekers performed a cover on their 1997 album, Future Road.
  • Waylon Jennings performed a cover as a bonus track on the 1999 reissue of his album "This Time" with the Crickets in the background
  • Eva Cassidy's version of the song was the lead-in to her album Imagine, released posthumously in 2002.
  • Serena Ryder recorded a cover on her 2006 album If Your Memory Serves You Well.
  • Marty Wilde recorded the song on the DVD release of The 50th Anniversary Concert in 2007.
  • Australian Gina Jeffreys covered the song on her album, Old Paint (2010).
  • In season 11 of the television program American Idol, Jessica Sanchez, Deandre Brackensick, and Candice Glover performed the song in the Las Vegas round.

See alsoEdit



Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-140-3.

  1. ^ Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives. p. 42. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – It Doesn't Matter Anymore". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1975-09-13. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1975-09-29. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  9. ^ " – Mark Williams – It Doesn't Matter Anymore". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  10. ^ a b "End of Year Charts 1977". RIANZ. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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