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List Rules 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. 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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Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

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End of the Night The Doors

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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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ranker1995 added The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash

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1999 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
1999 Prince

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Road to Nowhere Talking Heads

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ChangesDownClub added 99 Luftballoons

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Radioactive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
e61121169 added Radioactive

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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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Tiffany Larson added Waiting for the End of the World

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Land of Confusion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
ChangesDownClub added Land of Confusion Genesis

The Best Frank Sinatra Songs of All Time 16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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Adam Tyler added Ænima Tool

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romantheasket added Do the Evolution Pearl Jam

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Five Years is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
erisedRi added Five Years David Bowie

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Life During Wartime is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Trioxin245 added Life During Wartime Talking Heads

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

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SandyGPDX added Funeral for a Friend Planes Mistaken for Stars

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Electric Funeral is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
TheMusicGeek added Electric Funeral Black Sabbath

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2 Minutes to Midnight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
TheMusicGeek added 2 Minutes to Midnight Iron Maiden

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Here Comes the Flood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Here Comes the Flood Peter Gabriel

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Tiffany Larson added The Sky Is Fallin’ Queens of the Stone Age

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Wooden Ships is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
kntvrnn added Wooden Ships Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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Ain't No Rest for the Wicked is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
penguinmayne added Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

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Every Day Is Like Sunday is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Dancin' in the Ruins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Trioxin245 added Dancin' in the Ruins Blue Oyster Cult

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Dancing With Tears in My Eyes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Dance Me to the End of Love is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
punksnotdead added Dance Me to the End of Love Leonard Cohen

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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
mike44scv added Silent Running Mike + The Mechanics - Mike+Mechanics  

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moonhowler added Last Night of the World Bruce Cockburn

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obriencol5 added The Catalyst Linkin Park

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Some Heads Are Gonna Roll is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
TheMusicGeek added Some Heads Are Gonna Roll Judas Priest

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Future's So Bright I Gotta Wea... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
udontneedtoknowmyname added Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk 3

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Red Skies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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All My Friends Are Dead Turbon... 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
MelissaBeamerBennett added The Day the World Went Away Nine Inch Nails

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How Far We've Come Matchbox Tw... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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Gonna Raise Hell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
heezahore added Gonna Raise Hell Cheap Trick

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So What is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Bgue3544 added So What Three Days Grace

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April 2031 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Trioxin245 added April 2031 Warrant

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The Battle Rages On is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
jmmikkola added The Battle Rages On Deep Purple

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Supper's Ready is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Dismalhead added Supper's Ready Genesis

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Tanner Arnold added Till the World Ends Britney Spears

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Praying for Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
FastCleaning added Praying for Time George Michael

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obriencol5 added My December Linkin Park

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The Four Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Konstantinos Mylonas added The Four Horsemen