"The End of the World" was, in a way, the end of an era. It was one of the last of the way-sentimental huge hit pop records that projected a peculiarly kind of late-'50s/early-'60s melodrama, one in which it seemed the world was coming to an end not just for the singer, but for the whole world. Skeeter Davis might be thought of by many as a country singer, but actually she did cross over into pop and pop-rock in much of her early-'60s output, and "The End of the World" was easily her biggest such success, reaching #2 in early 1963. There is, perhaps, some country music in the song's bathos. But there's also pop-rock in the rolling, almost doo wop piano, and the almost teen idol pining of Davis's vocal -- multi-tracked at various points, as usual. At points she even sounds a little bit like Lesley Gore in her youthful naivete. And there's cinematic drama in the unabashedly weepy strings, though a pinch of country is heard in faint weeping steel guitar. The drama reaches its most melodramatic when there's an upward key change for the last verse, the first half of which is given over to a plaintive vocal recitation. "The End of the World" is a song that many listeners like to deride for its on-the-verge-of-sobbing sorrow, as if being left by someone is tantamount to the village getting massacred. Yet the melody is appealing, Davis's vocal suitably yearning, and the arrangement does indeed evoke a sad, barren landscape, of the sort where the sun is setting on an overcast day that has seen especially bad news. The song has been frequently covered since, usually by middle-of-the-road female singers, the roster of artists who've recorded it including Paul Anka, the Carpenters, Rosie Flores, Herman's Hermits, Judge Dread, Julie London, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Sinatra, Bobby Vinton, and Lawrence Welk. It was also used in the soundtrack to a suicide scene in the movie Girl, Interrupted.