In the Skeeter Davis version, after she sings the whole song through in the key of B-flat, the song goes up by a half step to the key of B, where Skeeter speaks the first two lines of the final stanza, before singing the rest of the stanza, ending the song.
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.
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, the same chart position as the original. The single's B-side "Can'tHELP The Way That I Feel" appeared on Sonia's debut album. This was her final single withStock Aitken Waterman.
A Mandarin version 《后会无期》 was covered by Hong Kong singer Gem Tang. Subsequently there was another Mandarin versionTITLED "星梦之光", lyrics written by an SNH48 member, Wu Yanwen, and performed by SNH48 themselves in 2015.
The song was used as the opening and closing theme for the political thriller radio drama Pandemic, produced by BBC Radio 4 . The song was also used in the 1999 drama film "Girl, Interrupted". The song is used in the Stephen King/Stephen Spielberg CBS TV series Under the Dome season one episode five, Blue on Blue. An abbreviated version of the song is the theme music for the TV show Granite Flats.