"The End of the World" is a pop music hit song recorded by Skeeter Davis that enjoyed international success in the 1960s.


 [hide*1 Background


"The End of the World" was written by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee; the latter drew on her sorrow from her father's death.

Davis recorded her version on June 8, 1962 at the RCA Studios in Nashville, produced by Chet Atkins, and featuring Floyd Cramer.[1] Released by RCA Records in December 1962, "The End of the World" peaked in March 1963 at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 2 on the Billboard country singles,[2] No. 1 on Billboard's easy listening, and No. 4 on Billboard's rhythm and blues.[3] It is the first, and, to date, only time that a song cracked the Top 10 on all four Billboard charts.[citation needed]

Davis's recording of "The End of the World" was played at Atkins's funeral in an instrumental by Marty Stuart, and at Davis's own funeral at the Ryman Auditorium.

Davis's version has been featured in Girl, InterruptedRiding In Cars With BoysDaltry CalhounAn American AffairThe Boat That Rocked, "The Grown-Ups" episode ofMad Men,[4] "Blue on Blue" episode of Under the Dome, and the opening credits of the BYU TV series Granite Flats.

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Chart (1963) Peak


Australian Kent Music Report 32
U.K. Singles Chart[5] 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. BillboardHot Black Singles 4
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1[6]

The Carpenters version[edit]Edit

"The End of the World"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Live in Japan
B-side "Sing (Live) [Kyoto Children's Choir]"
Released March 5, 1975
Format cassette
Recorded June 4-9, 1975
Genre Country
Length 2:04
Label A&M/King Records, Universal
Writer(s) Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Only Yesterday"


"The End of the World"




in 1975, American pop music duo Carpenters released their promotional single entitled "End of the World" from their live album ""Live in Japan"". It was recorded at theFestival HallOsakaJapan. The song reached #3 on US Billboard Hot 100.

Sonia version[edit]Edit

"End of the World"
Single by Sonia
Released August 25, 1990
Format CD Single

7" Single 12" Single

Genre Pop
Length 3:36
Label Chrysalis
Writer Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee
Producer Stock, Aitken & Waterman

In 1990, British singer Sonia covered "End of the World". The fifth and final single from her debut album, Everybody Knows, it reached number 18 in the UK,[7] the same chart position as the original.[5] The single's B-side "Can't Help The Way That I Feel" appeared on Sonia's debut album. This was her final single with Stock Aitken Waterman.

Formats and track listings[edit]Edit

7" single
  1. "End of the World"
  2. "Can't Help the Way That I Feel"
CD single and 12" vinyl single
  1. "End of the World"
  2. "Can't Help the Way That I Feel"
  3. "Counting Every Minute" (Tick Tock Remix)


Chart (1990) Peak


UK Singles Chart 18
Irish Singles Chart 18

Other versions[edit]Edit

A No. 2 hit in Sweden in September 1966 via a local cover by Mike Wallace & the Caretakers, "The End of the World" has also been remade by a number of other artists including Jessica AnderssonAnika (as a b-side to her single "Yang Yang" and on her album Anika), Eddy ArnoldBest CoastDebby BooneBrilliantCarola (in Finnish as "Maailmain"), The CarpentersRivers CuomoBobby DarinLana Del ReyBarbara DicksonDionThe Andrews SistersMary DuffAllison DurbinExposéAgnetha FältskogRosie FloresGirlsNina GordonHerman's Hermits (as the B-side of "I'm Henry VIII, I Am"), Satoko IshimineJoni JamesBrenda LeeLoboJulie London,Claudine LongetLoretta LynnAl MartinoJohnny MathisAnne Mattila (in Finnish as "Maailmain"), Imelda MayJohn Cougar MellencampAnita Meyerthe Mills Brothers,Ronnie MilsapDorothy MooreMudAnne MurrayLeigh NashNomeansnoPatti PageHelen ShapiroAnne SheltonVonda ShepardNancy SinatraSoniaThe TokensTwiggyTwinkle, The Vanguards, Bobby VintonJeff WalkerDottie West, and Lena Zavaroni. In 2009 Susan Boyle remade "The End of the World" for her debut album, I Dreamed a Dream.

A cover version by Allison Paige peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in May 2000.

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