According to some alleged biblical numerological “proofs” and some very exuberant Doomsday believers, May 21st, 2011 (tomorrow) is the apocalypse. Cities all over the country have billboards with the date, missionary groups have headed out to foreign lands to warn those who may not know, and many people are making preparations for the end of days.
If tomorrow truly is the last day we have on this planet, we’d like to go out listening to our Top Ten Favorite Mellow ‘End Of World’ Songs To Make The Apocalypse Less Stressful by artists such as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Prince[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blondie[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R.E.M.[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Cure[/lastfm].
10. “The End”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm]
The way The Doors sing about Armageddon, it sounds like some magical, cosmic psychedelic journey into the unknown/the end of a Harry Potter ride at Disneyland. Light some nag champa and get ready for the ride of a lifetime! Literally.
This is the end/Beautiful friend/This is the end/My only friend, the end/Of our elaborate plans, the end/Of everything that stands, the end
9. “Breathing”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kate Bush[/lastfm]
Talented weirdo, Kate Bush, sings about the story of a girl surviving the aftermath of a nuclear apocalypse. The key to survival? Just keep breathing. In. Out. In. Out. Easy. Right?
After the flash a fireball can be seen to rise, sucking up under it the debris, dust and living things around the area of the explosion, and as this ascends, it soon becomes recognizable as the familiar “mushroom cloud”. As a demonstration of the flash duration test let’s try and count the number of seconds for the flash emitted by a very small bomb; then a more substantial, medium-sized bomb; and finally, one of our very powerful, “high-yield” bombs
8. “Strange Day”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Cure[/lastfm]
Turn on your black-light, light a clove, put on some lace gloves, close your eyes, and slowly groove along to The Cure while the zombie apocalypse beats down the bat detailing on your iron-wrought security door. Such a strange day.
My head falls backs/And the walls crash down/And the sky/And the impossible/Explode/Held for one moment I remember a song/An impression of sound/Then everything is gone/Forever/A strange day
6. “Rapture”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blondie [/lastfm]
We think the Rapture would be a lot more fun if we were at a dance club getting down with Blondie while she rapped about aliens eating our brains.
And you get in your car and you drive real far/And you drive all night and then you see a light/And it comes right down and lands on the ground/And out comes a man from Mars/And you try to run but he’s got a gun/And he shoots you dead and he eats your head/And then you’re in the man from Mars
5. “Waiting For The End Of The World”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Costello[/lastfm]
Really, Elvis Costello has a point: If tomorrow is the end of the world, then there better be some epic performances from the powers that be. Otherwise, it’s really not worth it. We have things to do next week.
We were waiting for the end of the world/Waiting for the end of the world/Waiting for the end of the world/Dear Lord I sincerely hope you’re coming/’Cause you really started something.
4. “1999”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Prince[/lastfm]
The end of the world wasn’t 1999 like predicted, but that still doesn’t mean we can’t soak up the funky purple party rain on Judgment Day with Prince. Unfortunately, life is just a party and parties aren’t meant to last. Frown.
But when I woke up this mornin’/Coulda sworn it was judgment day/The sky was all purple/There were people runnin’ everywhere/Tryin’ 2 run from the destruction/U know I didn’t even care/’Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over/Oops out of time/So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999
3. “When The Man Comes Around”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Johnny Cash[/lastfm]
If anyone could accurately predict the Rapture, it would be Johnny Cash. Whenever he sings something, he sounds like a prophetic curmudgeon. Can’t you just see him misanthropically grumbling out these lyrics while the sky is falling all around him?
And I heard, as it were/the noise of thunder/One of the four beasts saying: “Come and see.”/And I saw. And behold, a white horse./There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names/An’ he decides who to free and who to blame/Everybody won’t be treated all the same/There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down/When the man comes around.
2. “Don’t Fear The Reaper”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blue Oyster Cult[/lastfm]
Really, if it’s the end of the world, you should probably just chill out and take it without fear. Being afraid isn’t going to make the world stop ending. Plus, the rest of the non-human universe is totally chill about not existing anymore–according to Blue Oyster Cult.
All our times have come/Here but now they’re gone/Seasons don’t fear the reaper/Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain..we can be like they are
1. “End Of The World”-[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]R.E.M[/lastfm]
Yes, this song is the obvious choice for the number one song about the Apocalypse–and for good reason. Michael Stipe basically lists some really great excuses why the world is ending (as we know it), does a sonic shrug, and then just goes about his business:
It’s the end of the world as we know it/It’s the end of/the world as we know it/It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.
- If this really is the last night you will exist in your current state, how are you going to live it up? Let us know your Rapture party plans in the comments!