The Best ‘End Of The World’ Themed Songs

end-of-the-worldSo the world was supposed to end today, Friday 21st December, 2012, according to the 2125 year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican long count calendar. Well, it didn’t, and to celebrate this monumental failure to wipe out the human race in a cataclysmic set of worldwide events, I’ve selected my Top 5 ‘End Of The World’ themed tracks.

The End – The Doors

This 12 minute epic is taken from the 1967 album ‘The Doors’ and is a classic dark and brooding Doors track.

Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

The 90’s grunge scene wouldn’t be the same without Soundgarden. This track is taken from the band’s ‘Superunknown’ album and was released as a single in 1994. Check out Chris Cornell’s stripped down acoustic version in the video.

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – REM

This track was released in 1987 and is found on the bands ‘Document’ album. The song is a jolly jaunt and a constant stream of Michael Stipe’s lyrical rambling, reminiscent of Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’.

Floods – Pantera

If you’ve seen the apocalyptic movie ‘2012’ then you’ll know that the world ends with an all-engulfing giant flood. This track is found on the bands 1996 album ‘ The Great Southern Trendkill’ and the lyrics tell the story of a flood that kills all mankind!

Armageddon It – Def Leppard

This track is from the bands hugely successful 1987 album ‘Hysteria’ and was a #3 hit in the U.S. for the British rock group.

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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