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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. 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 some awesome apocalypse music, 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 watching CNN for signs of coming doom, enjoy. Just remember to 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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End of the Night The Doors

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Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Black Hole Sun Soundgarden

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(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Ă–yster Cult

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Eve of Destruction Barry McGuire

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London Calling The Clash

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The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash

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Road to Nowhere Talking Heads

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1999 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
1999 Prince

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Radioactive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Just the Way I'm Feeling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Land of Confusion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Do the Evolution Pearl Jam

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Life During Wartime is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Life During Wartime Talking Heads

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Funeral for a Friend Planes Mistaken for Stars

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Distant Early Warning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Five Years is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Five Years David Bowie

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The Sky Is Fallin’ Queens of the Stone Age

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Here Comes the Flood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Here Comes the Flood Peter Gabriel

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Wooden Ships is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Wooden Ships Crosby, Stills Nash & Young

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Electric Funeral is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Electric Funeral Black Sabbath

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Dancing With Tears in My Eyes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Every Day Is Like Sunday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Ain't No Rest for the Wicked is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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2 Minutes to Midnight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
2 Minutes to Midnight Iron Maiden

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Last Night of the World Bruce Cockburn

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Dancin' in the Ruins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Dancin' in the Ruins Blue Oyster Cult

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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Silent Running Mike + The Mechanics - Mike+Mechanics 

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Dance Me to the End of Love is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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The Catalyst Linkin Park

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The Four Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Red Skies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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All My Friends Are Dead Turbon... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Future's So Bright I Gotta Wea... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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The Day the World Went Away is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
The Day the World Went Away Nine Inch Nails

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Loud Loud Loud/the Seventh Sea... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Loud Loud Loud/the Seventh Seal The Bollock Brothers

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5 Senses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
5 Senses Marvin Cardona

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April 2031 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
April 2031 Warrant

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Till the World Ends Britney Spears

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Some Heads Are Gonna Roll is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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My December Linkin Park

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So What is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
So What Three Days Grace

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Gonna Raise Hell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Gonna Raise Hell Cheap Trick

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The Temtation of Adam Josh Ritter

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Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Skyfall Adele