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My Favorite Songs About the Apocalypse

I was going to make a whole list, but then I looked at my iTunes and realized I pretty much have the same three on repeat, haha. But they carry me through the whole emotional spectrum, I guess — excited to nervous to sad, and back again.

And regarding the final song on my list: who will you ask to dance during the world's final "slow song"? And what do you think will even signal that the final slow song has begun to play? Earthquakes, avalanches? Anything? Nothing? Assuming there's something, though, when faced with the world's final slow song, will you have the presence of mind to pick a partner and dance, or will you stand there voiding your bowels? Personally, I'd like to think I'll at least be able to do both.

Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends"

R.E.M., "It's the End of the World as We Know It"

Boyz II Men, "End of the Road"

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A Mayan, you're not part of the crazy sex school of pre-apocalypse behavior? Shame.

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I like your style, A Mayan. I hope to have the presence of mind to go out dancin'! My choice would def be Britney. All the way.

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although I would pick the nicki minaj/kesha remix. I mean, that right there is just a classic combo.

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@redheadedandcrazy THANK YOU FOR ALERTING ME TO THE EXISTENCE OF THIS REMIX! I don't know exactly how I feel about it yet, but I was Ke$ha for Halloween and my roommate was Sophia Grace as Nicki Minaj, so it's pretty amazing to me for that reason alone.

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@beeline96 yeeeap Nicki's part is a bit weird/had to grow on me but now I definitely prefer it to the original. Ke$ha's part is perfect, the song was obviously made by her (which it actually was written by her I think)/for her.

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Josh Ritter, "The Temptation of Adam."

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@Emby Your choice is the best choice.

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@spoondisaster Yes, best end of the world song (and best final lyric) without a doubt.

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I'm gonna go with Paradise By the Dashboard Light on this one.

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@Ophelia 'Cause if I had to spend another minute with you, I don't think that I could really survive.

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Dead Flag Blues by Godspeed You Black Emperor (not bothering with the punctuation)

Always gives me the shivers

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Prince, 1999. obviously.

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My 14-year-old self would like to nominate Armageddon It even though it's really just about sex.

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I especially like thinking of the last song in the context of the Cormac McCarthy novel

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Is The Postal Service's Sleeping In a little too obvious?

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@sox I was always partial to "We Will Become Silhouettes"

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Bruce Cockburn, "Last Night of the World."

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@Bus Driver Stu Benedict That's exactly what I wondered when I saw this post.

leonstj

I had the pleasure of seeing the P-Funk Allstars in concert several years ago. I have to say, it's always been one of my favorite songs, and in the crowd, thousands of sweaty people of variously altered levels of conciousness bugging out and getting their freaky funkiness on to "Flashlight" is pretty much perfect, as apocalyptic dance jams go.

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@leon.saintjean I wonder if "Maggot Brain" might also be an effective end-of-the-world song.

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@werewolfbarmitzvah It most certainly would.

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Barry McGuire: "Eve of Destruction"

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@travelmugs Really more about the Vietnam war.

Lucienne

"Alpha Rats Nest," The Mountain Goats.

Lucienne

@Lucienne Okay, also: "I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers and "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se... Three songs that would certainly make me feel better about enduring the end of all things.

Artressa Vandelay

Misfits - Don't Open Til Dooms Day
DMB - When the World Ends

Kivrin

@Artressa Vandelay Glad I'm not the only one who still remembers DMB. ;)

Artressa Vandelay

@Kivrin: DMB was the ubiquitous "Get Busy" music in college. I could never forget!

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@Artressa Vandelay Heck yeah. I still love me some Dave. Not ashamed.

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Any of Bodies of Water's songs about the rapture. Which is all of them, probably. They really dig singing about the rapture.

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First angsty dance to Tool's Aenima. Then rock it out with Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough.

Aunty Christ

FIVE YEARS!!??? I know David Bowie's not dancey but it's a great one to cry/sing along to.
For a sexier time, I second Prince's 1999. (I hope Prince plays one more show at First Ave before the end!)

anachronistique

@Aunty Christ Apparently I have a pavlovian response to Five Years. Fetch me my Kleenex!

emilylou

Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" duh

Ophelia

@emilylouise Yes! That was at the back of my brain, but I couldn't think of it!

Decca

I think I'd like to go out dancing and I can't think of a better apocalypse boogie than the Larry Levan remix of Stand On The Word by the Joubert Singers. It's a big, stomping, disco track with jaunty piano and gospel singers and quasi-religious lyrics and it's the most played song in my iTunes by a mile.

Decca

@Decca Oh and did I forget to mention HANDCLAPS? Because they're in there. And that kind of gloriously satisfying descending piano slide.

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The Decemberists - Calamity Song. Love it all the more for Colin Meloy saying Michele Bachmann would be welcome to use it for her campaign theme song.

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@mbmargarita And the Infinite Jest music video!

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U2's Until the End of the World. I actually think I might like Patti Smith's recent cover more for an apocalypse playlist.

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2012 (Bury Our Heads) by Dengue Fever is probs the only one I like.

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How about the title track from Sufjan Stevens "Age of Adz"? And And also "Vesuvius" from the same album. And all the other tracks are wo weird and lovely and sad that it kind of makes you wish for the end of the world.

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Definitely going down to "Heroes" by David Bowie

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I'd also be ok with another vote for Calamity Song.

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I can't hear that Boyz II Men song without thinking of that one episode of The OC.

Oh, how I love The OC.

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Will I get thrown off the site if I say "Knights of Cydonia" by Muse?

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I had to register just so I could add "Tables & Chairs" by Andrew Bird. In his version, there will be snacks, people. Snacks!

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