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It’s the end of the world in a playlist

The Mayan calendar stops tomorrow, and some folks think the world will, too. We’re not so sure, but why not sing and dance about it, anyway?

As we did with the predicted Rapture of 2011, we’ve put together a list of songs to accompany this momentous event (or, perhaps, non-event, since we didn’t even bother to put it in our best bets for this week). The guy who predicted it even re-calculated his dates after the original day came and went without incident.

If you’re looking for other ways to celebrate, there are plenty of options in and around Atlanta. If you just want to sit home and ponder the end with music, try these tunes.

“It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.
Let’s start with the obvious, this word-packed gem from the guys from Athens.

“End of the World” – Skeeter Davis
Here’s a yearning early ’60s classic. Sweet, but a real tearjerker.

“End of the Road” – Boyz II Men
This one’s pretty self-explanatory.

“Dust in the Wind” – Kansas
Because everything will be dust in the wind if it all ends tomorrow.

“I Melt With You”
When the world stops, you might want to melt with someone.

“Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult
Somehow, this ominous song has never seemed as reassuring as the the title.

“Black Friday” – Steely Dan
Because the end, if it comes, happens on Friday.

“The End” – The Doors
Weird scenes for the end of civilization.

“The End” – The Beatles
If it has to end, it should end on an upbeat note.

“If We Make It Through December” – Merle Haggard
Just in case it doesn’t all fall apart on Friday.

And here are a few more songs to soundtrack our world’s demise:

“Hot in Herre” – Nelly
“Take Me With U” – Prince
“Please Don’t Go” – K.C.& the Sunshine Band
“Up, Up and Away” – The Fifth Dimension
“Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Thelma Houston
“Too Much Heaven” – Bee Gees
“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
“(I Just) Died In Your Arms” – Cutting Crew
“The Sign” – Ace of Base

There are so many more possibilities. Tell us some of your favorite “end of the world” songs in the comments.

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December 20th, 2012
11:36 am

Britney Spears’ “Til the World Ends” Hello????


December 20th, 2012
11:39 am

FM Fats

December 20th, 2012
12:25 pm

Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire.
End of the Line by The Traveling Wilburys
The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel


December 20th, 2012
12:41 pm

Steely Dan’s “Black Friday” is the best on the list. If you’ve never heard their music, you’ve missed some of the best songs of the 70s/early 80s.
As far as the end of the world, only the Almighty knows that, as far as the exact day, hour, minute. If anyone tells you he knows the moment it will happen, he’s not telling the truth…


December 20th, 2012
1:32 pm

Any music from the movies “Idiocracy” and “Dumb and Dumber” will suffice.


December 20th, 2012
2:22 pm

Meltdown by Slobberbone


December 20th, 2012
2:30 pm

How about Bad Moon Rising by CCR, or Not Dark Yet by Bob Dylan. Those will be blasting on my car stereo for sure.


December 20th, 2012
3:07 pm

“End of the World” by U2
“Armageddon It” by Def Leppard
“Red Skies” by The Fixx


December 20th, 2012
4:02 pm

How is “Stairway to Heaven” not on this list??? And to be fair- “Highway to Hell”

btw- why does heaven only have a stairway but hell has a highway?

david c

December 20th, 2012
4:38 pm


December 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

The Who Won’t get fooled again