Top 10 Songs For the Apocalypse (Bird Death? Crabicide? Snooki's Book? Signs of the Endtimes!)
But instead of locking yourself in your room and waiting idly for the Stay Puft Marshmellow man to step on your face, you may as well go out in style.
For your listening pleasure in these end times, we've compiled the top 10 songs for the apocalypse:
10. Don't Fear the Reaper - 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
Blue Oyster Cult imagines love at the end of the world, with maximum cheesiness possible. Their vision is basically a romance novel cover, but the song itself is an apocalypse classic. It does need a little more cowbell.
9. It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M.
Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it'll do.
Save yourself, serve yourself.
World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed.
Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right - right.
You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.
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.
While R.E.M.'s armageddon anthem looked at the social ills of the world as the beginning of end, their song "Shiny Happy People" may have been the cause of humans' drive towards extinction.
8. Blackened - Metallica
True death of life
Human race expectation
Lay to waste
See our mother
Put to death
See our mother die
Take your breath away
Millions of our years
In minutes disappears
In the 1980's, Metallica's death obsession manifested itself nearly every track put out by the Bay area band. Apocalypse was on their mind too, as the Cold War's nuclear stand-off was an everpresent fixture on the nightly news and in popular media. Metalica's lyrics were part horror film, part warning for a bleak future yet to come.
7. When The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash
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.
The Man in Black spent most of his career investigating death and what was on the other side. Johnny Cash wrote many songs about dying, but few lay out the plans for Judgment Day like "When the Man Comes Around."
6. Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden
In my eyes, indisposed
In disguise as no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
'Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again
In the 90's, grunge was all about angst for the sweater set. Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" captured the self-loathing epidemic inherent in the grunge milleu, but the iconic video portrayed the end of the world as a psychedelic mess that would be awesome to witness.