I’ve always been fascinated by apocalyptic literature and movies (Doom and Gloom much? You bet). Yet they mostly concern what comes after, the struggle for survival when all our support systems have evaporated and the polite structures of a civil society are replaced with open-ended moral choices. Apocalyptic music, on the other hand, tends to be about the actual end of the world, when everything comes crashing down, Capital A Apocalypse stuff with little thought to anything that might come after that final collapse.

Since tomorrow marks, well, at least the day when you need to trade your old Mayan calendar in for a new stone tablet, it’s time to celebrate songs that celebrate La Fin du Monde (which, by the way, I’ll be drinking tomorrow along with some Wild Heaven Eschaton).

To clarify, these are songs about the end of the world, not just the last songs you’d like to hear.

For that, lets be honest, everyone should really just listen to nothing but Creed and Nickelback, ‘cause, you know, it’d make it easier to say goodbye to this cruel world.)

So here’s my 50 song End of the World Soundtrack. 
Listen while there’s still time. 
(you can find this playlist on Spotify!)


1. The End Of The World – The Cure

2. Electric Funeral – Black Sabbath

3. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

4. Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads 

5. Reclamation – Lamb of God

6. Ænema – Tool

7. It’s the end of the world as we know it – R.E.M.

8. Don’t Fear The Reaper  – Blue Oyster Cult

9. Waiting for the end of the world – Elvis Costello

10. Christmas at Ground Zero – Weird Al Yankovic

11. Doomed Future Today – Mouth Sewn Shut

12. 99 Luftballons – Nena

13. Die – Girls

14. Progenies of the Great Apocalypse – Dimmu Borgir

15. The Earth Died Screaming  – Tom Waits

16. Who Will Survive In America – Kany West

17. Total Eclipse – Klaus Nomi

18. Doomsday Clock – The Smashing Pumpkins

19. East 1999 – Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

20. Til the World Ends – Britney Spears

21. Apocalypse dreams – Tame Impala

22. 1999 – Prince

23. Gimmie Shelter – Rolling Stones

24. I Will – Radiohead

25. London Calling – The Clash

26. 2 Minutes To Midnight – Iron Maiden

27. Repangaea – Cephalic Carnage

28. Don’t Open ‘Till Doomsday – The Misfits

29. Eyes Wide Open – Gotye

30. Run This Town – Jay-Z

31. No One Would Riot for Less – Bright Eyes

32. The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades – Timbuk3

33. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

34. Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey

35. The Apocalypse Song – St. Vincent

36. Apocalypse Please – Muse

37. Floods – Pantera

38. The Day the World Went Away – Nine Inch Nails

39. The End – The Doors

40. Your Hand In Mine – Explosions In The Sky

41. The Final Countdown – Europe

42. Supper’s Ready – Genesis

43. No World for Tomorrow – Coheed and Cambria

44. Judgement Day – Dying Fetus

45. World War 4 – Leftöver Crack

46. The Last Hour – Elliot Smith

47. End Times – EELS

48. One Hundred Million Dead – the Butthole Surfers

49. As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be -Exodus

50. So Long (And Thanks For All The Fish) –   Neil Hannon (The Hitchhikers’ Guide To The Galaxy)


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