I’m not as much of a diehard fan of Metallica as I am of some of the symphonic metal bands I’ve featured so far, but there are a few songs of theirs I’m quite partial to, and “Nothing Else Matters” is one of them.
Catchy without being poppy, it manages to be thought-provoking, dramatic, and uplifting at the same time, and I always find it inspiring. Probably unsurprisingly by now, my favourite part is the guitar solo near the end, a fitting climax of an intensity you wouldn’t predict from the song’s laid-back opening.
The song has an official music video, but I didn’t find it particularly engaging, so I chose instead a video where the author has set the song to a slideshow of images; I find these tend to complement music nicely.
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
Full lyrics and discussion can be found here.