The Best Apocalyptic Songs Songs
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The Best Apocalyptic Songs

List Criteria: Songs about the impending end of the world

In honor of the 2012 Mayan apocalypse, and all future doomsdays, this apocalyptic songs list celebrates all things doom and gloom. If excessive worry plagues you, just enjoy some of these end of days tunes. Many of these excellent apocalyptic songs were recorded by some of the greatest musical artists of all time. See a favorite or two listed? Vote it up, and vote down any songs you don't like. This list isn't complete, so be sure to add any great songs that you think are missing -- but hurry, because really you want to get your songs listed *before* the world ends.

Even if you don't buy into the whole apocalypse idea, it does offer an excellent excuse to have a little party or two. Forget partying like it's 2012, hit the way-back machine and party like it's "1999" all over again. Remember how much fun you had on Y2K? Repeat it. The world is not going to end, despite what the Mayans may or may not have predicted, but that's no reason not to go out, play these awesome songs, get plastered and appreciate some of the best rock bands/artists of all time.

Whether you use this end of the world, apocalyptic songs playlist at a party, hiding out in a bunker in an undisclosed location, or just while you're hanging out at home, half-watching CNN for signs of coming doom, enjoy. Use your time wisely: Trying to memorize all the words to one of R.E.M.'s best songs, 'It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)' is an excellent way to pass the hours away.

Add your favorite doom and gloom songs to this list, too. If we're going out, we're going out loudly and with great fanfare.
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    The End

    The Doors More
    100
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    R.E.M. More
    94
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    Soundgarden More
    86
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    Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Creedence Clearwater Revival More
    84
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    Blue Öyster Cult More
    76
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    Barry McGuire More
    76
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    The Clash More
    68
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    Gary Jules More
    66
    added by: crzygirl
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    Nine Inch Nails More
    61
    added by: ranker1995
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    The Man Comes Around

    Johnny Cash More
    58
    added by: ranker1995
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    Talking Heads More
    55
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    Nena More
    54
    added by: ChangesDownClub
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    Prince More
    53
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    Elvis Costello & The Attractions More
    51
    added by: crzygirl
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    Funeral for a Friend

    Planes Mistaken for Stars More
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    Radioactive

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    Ænima

    Tool More
    47
    added by: rockboy
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    Queens of the Stone Age More
    45
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    new! Just the Way I'm Feeling

    Feeder, Europe More
    44
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    Genesis More
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    Rush More
    43
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    Pearl Jam More
    43
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    Bruce Cockburn More
    41
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    Morrissey More
    38
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    Till the World Ends

    Britney Spears More
    38
    added by: Celeb Stalker
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    Peter Gabriel More
    37
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    Talking Heads More
    35
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    Jimmy Buffett More
    34
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    The Temtation of Adam

    Josh Ritter More
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    Dancin' in the Ruins

    Blue Oyster Cult More
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    A Darkness Coming

    Katatonia More
    32
    added by: IvanS.Bragin
    Katatonia
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    April 2031

    Warrant More
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    added by: Trioxin245
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    The End Is the Beginning Is the End

    The Smashing Pumpkins More
    24
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    Mike + The Mechanics More
    24
    added by: mike44scv
    Mike+Mechanics 
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    The Battle Rages On

    Deep Purple More
    24
    added by: jmmikkola
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    Life Burns! (feat. Lauri Ylönen)

    Lauri Ylönen, Apocalyptica More
    24
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    Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

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    Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young More
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    Cheap Trick More
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    Genesis More
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