music The Most Upbeat Songs About the End of the World  

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The end of the world sounds like depressing topic, yet musicians have been making great, high-energy music out of the apocalypse for years. This is a list of apocalyptic songs that are pretty upbeat, musically speaking. These songs may be about the end of the world, but they're also toe-tappers. Or at least they're not too panicked about armageddon. Maybe it’s the need to get your rocks off before the world kicks the bucket, but it seems like when the world starts ending, the party will be just getting started. Let this list of songs about the end of the world be your doomsday playlist.

Not sweating nuclear apocalypse is the topic of many famous songs, including Nena’s “99 Luftballoons” and Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” R.E.M.’s “It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” was a big hit for the band and is maybe the most famous apocalyptic song on the list.

Wanna write a song about the end of the world? Then just call your song “The End of the World. It worked for the Cure, the Pet Shop Boys, Skeeter Davis, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dio, and Busta Rhymes.

Which end of the world songs rock your world? Vote up your favorites! If there are great, oddly upbeat songs about the end of the world you that aren’t on the list, go ahead and add them!

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Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival

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(Don't Fear) The Reaper Blue Öyster Cult

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The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash

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Stop the World The Clash

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1999 Prince

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(Nothing but) Flowers Talking Heads

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The End of the World The Carpenters

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Goodbye Blue Sky Pink Floyd

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The End of the World Skeeter Davis

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After Forever Black Sabbath

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From the End of the World Electric Light Orchestra

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Political Science Randy Newman

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Blackened Metallica

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Countdown's Begun Ozzy Osbourne

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Judgment Day Method Man

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The End of the World Pet Shop Boys

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The Light at the End of the World A Flock of Seagulls

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Endgame Rise Against

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TheWelshGuy added Deaths Diary Marc Almond

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The End of the World John Mellencamp

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The End of the World Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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The End of the World Agnetha Fältskog

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The Apocalypse Song St. Vincent

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The End of the World Susan Boyle