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Waiting On the End of the World: Ten Songs For the Apocalypse

December 20th, 2012 1:00pm EST

2012 December 21, 2012 marks the supposive end of the Mayan calendar and somehow as a result the end of the world. So, in order to prepare for the event, why not listen to some fitting music instead of digging a bomb shelter. It will certainly make your neighbors think more highly of you.

10. "Five Years" David Bowie

Bowie's "Five Years" is a song about humanity learning that they only have five years left to exist. The song details the devestation that is felt by those who hear the news, and features a narrator who cannot comprehend the end of existence. So, when someone someday establishes a timeline of the apocalypse that is accurate, listen to this song, as it will help you to cope with the news.

9. "Everyday is Like Sunday" Morrissey

Morrissey manages to create a tale of the final survivors of the nuclear apocalypse with this song, who all live in an idealized British sea side town. However, rather than enjoying the fact that they somehow survived, Morrissey emphasizes the fact that they sit around and await a slow death via nuclear fall out, and instead wishes that he had suffered a quick death instead. It's perfect for those long walks under the fallout dust covered skies.

8. "End Times" Eels

"Everyone's crazy and have lost their minds, just look at the world."

Despite the fact that the world is ending around them, it's believable that people in the apocalypse will focus on their own personal problems rather than the oblivion that is fast approaching humanity. This song captures that idea perfectly, with a narrator who is obsessed with his broken heart that he really could care less if the world ends.

7. "Neighborhood #1" The Arcade Fire

The apocalypse could come in many forms, and The Arcade Fire perfectly describe one that is caused by a massive snow storm, in which all the teenagers run away from their homes only to die separated from their families. It's a teenage anthem that quickly backfires in a romantic sort of way.

6. "London Calling" The Clash

Oh, how The Clash seem to define the hysteria that surrounds any of the supposive apocalypses perfectly with this track. People will constantly claim that the world is going to end, but it never seems to happen, and the narrator of the song seems to indicate that while everything is quickly falling apart, there is no sense in getting overly worked up about the end of days.

5. "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" R.E.M.

This song is bound to be on every apocalyptic song list ever. There's not really much more to say about it, other than the fact that it is the perfect sing along song to reign in oblivion.

4. "Jesus, Etc." Wilco

"Everyone is a burning sun"

The imagery of this song is dense to say the least, but much of it hints at an apocalyptic scenario. The narrator is assured in the track though that love will carry humanity through crisis. It's a beautiful song, and could be the life assuring track that is needed while sitting in a fallout shelter.

3. "(Nothing But) Flowers" The Talking Heads

"If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawn mower"

Nature may eventually re-claim everything that civilization has created and in this song, the Earth becomes the Garden of Eden. However, the narrator of the song is disappointed by this fact and misses what humanity used to be. This song would perfectly fit a post apocalyptic dance party, so if you can find a music playing device in the ruins and want to have a good time, this could be the track for you.

2. "We Will Become Silhouettes" The Postal Service

"I'm not coming out until this is all over"

The silhouettes in the title of this song refers to the fact that when the atomic bomb went off in Hiroshima, the silhouettes of those caught in the explosion ended up on the walls of they stood in front of. This is easily one of the catchiest songs about nuclear annihilation ever, and that's why it's here.

1. "Your Hand in Mine" Explosions in the Sky

Yes, this track is instrumental. But, it would also fit any world ending event perfectly. Whether it be watching a nuke go off or a tidal wave hitting or a massive earthquake, this song would serve as the perfect audio accompaniment. If you can only listen to one more song before you perish, this one would be an ideal choice.

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