Music Videos The Best Apocalyptic Songs  

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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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Creedence Clearwater Revival

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252 102
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The Doors

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260 88
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Soundgarden

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273 64
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Blue Öyster Cult

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159 70
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Barry McGuire

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168 81
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The Clash

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141 47
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ranker1995 added Johnny Cash

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150 96
1999 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Prince

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129 83
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ChangesDownClub added

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147 62
Radioactive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
e61121169 added

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105 78
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Talking Heads

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90 52
Land of Confusion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
ChangesDownClub added Genesis

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89 77
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Tiffany Larson added

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107 101
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Adam Tyler added Tool

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41 19
2 Minutes to Midnight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
TheMusicGeek added Iron Maiden

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77 75
Just the Way I'm Feeling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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54 30
Five Years is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
erisedRi added David Bowie

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71 77
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romantheasket added Pearl Jam

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40 20
Electric Funeral is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
TheMusicGeek added Black Sabbath

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49 49
Distant Early Warning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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33 30
Life During Wartime is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Trioxin245 added Talking Heads

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52 92
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SandyGPDX added Planes Mistaken for Stars

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45 36
Ain't No Rest for the Wicked is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
penguinmayne added

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44 51
Here Comes the Flood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Peter Gabriel

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68 81
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Tiffany Larson added Queens of the Stone Age

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40 66
Every Day Is Like Sunday is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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27 24
Wooden Ships is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
kntvrnn added Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

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17 18
Dance Me to the End of Love is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
punksnotdead added Leonard Cohen

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21 28
Dancin' in the Ruins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Trioxin245 added Blue Oyster Cult

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22 27
Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
mike44scv added Mike + The Mechanics - Mike+Mechanics  

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34 63
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moonhowler added Bruce Cockburn

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15 20
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
TheMusicGeek added Judas Priest

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17 25
Red Skies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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21 24
Skyfall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Tom Islava added Adele

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17 26
Dancing With Tears in My Eyes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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25 35
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obriencol5 added Linkin Park

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19 29
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13 12
The Four Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Konstantinos Mylonas added

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18 29
Future's So Bright I Gotta Wea... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
udontneedtoknowmyname added Timbuk 3

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27 43
Supper's Ready is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Dismalhead added Genesis

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42 79
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Tanner Arnold added Britney Spears

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12 21
The Battle Rages On is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
jmmikkola added Deep Purple

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14 17
How Far We've Come Matchbox Tw... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs

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12 24
The Day the World Went Away is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
MelissaBeamerBennett added Nine Inch Nails

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13 26
Dead Man's Party is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
udontneedtoknowmyname added Oingo Boingo

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9 20
Gonna Raise Hell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
heezahore added Cheap Trick

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16 29
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obriencol5 added Linkin Park

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7 19
So What is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
Bgue3544 added Three Days Grace

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16 24
O Fortuna is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Apocalyptic Songs
potterheadgrintson added Therion