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Top Six Doomsday Rock Songs [VIDEOS]

It's the End of the World as we Know It
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I’m sure you have all heard about the impending end of the world on May 21st, or should I say the beginning of the Armageddon. According to Harold Camping of California based, the Family Radio website it will happen in just three days. If he is correct, I am getting my list of songs together so I have one hell of a soundtrack while I watch the earth burn. Check out my top six songs.

6. ‘Number of the Beast’ – Iron Maiden


Ok this one is pretty obvious, also a reason why I chose the number of songs in this list. The opening of the song is from the Book of Revelation and spoken by theater actor Barry Clayton in a Vincent Price style voice; Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short… Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and sixty-six. Well spoken, and sets a great tone for the impending doom of the song.

5. ‘Earth Dies Screaming’ – Tom Waits


Of course no list is ever complete without a bit of Tom Waits, ‘Earth Dies Screaming’ is the opening track to Waits 1992 Bone Machine, the song was also titled after the 1965 British film of the same name. This song is just plain eerie in itself, let alone the final verse; There was thunder there was lightning / Then the stars went / Out and the moon fell from the sky / It rained mackerel it rained trout / And the great day of wrath has come / And here’s mud in your big red eye / The poker’s in the fire and the locusts take the sky / And the earth died screaming while I lay dreaming of you. Of course, if the world is suppose to end in flames, I think we will all die screaming.

4. ‘The Four Horesmen’ – Metallica


The Four Horsemen in the Bible are beasts that ride upon horses that represent Conquest, War, Famine and Death, the Four Horsemen by Metallica represents James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton (in the original recording.) The chorus explains it all; The Horsemen are drawing nearer / On the leather steeds they ride / They have come to take your life / On through the dead of night / With the four Horsemen ride / Or choose your fate and die. To me this is one of their greatest songs, and shows how “evil” the end of the world will be as well as Metallica themselves. *I do realize that this video has Jason Newsted on bass.

3. ‘Armageddon Days Are Here [Again]‘ – The The


Technically this song isn’t about the end of the world, but with Armageddon in the name it had to be on the list. The song is actually about the conflict between religions and who created religion itself, with a pre-chorus and chorus like this; But if you think that Jesus Christ is coming / Honey, you’ve got another thing coming / If he ever finds out who’s hijacked his name / He’ll cut out his heart and turn in his grave / Islam is rising / The Christians mobilizing / The world is on it’s elbows and knees / It’s forgotten the message / And worships the creed, it was a very controversial song in 1989 when the song was released.

2. ‘The End’ – The Doors


Mr. Jim Morrison originally wrote this song about breaking up with his girlfriend, Mary Werbelow, but in the case of my list ‘The End’ to me is the end of the world. The opening lyrics seem to say more to me than ditching your girl friend; 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 / No safety or surprise, the end / I’ll never look into your eyes…again, but then again, as messed up as Jim was, this song could also be about a ‘trip,’ you know like in a plane or car.

1. ‘It’s The End Of The World’ – R.E.M.


Of course you knew this would be number one, why wouldn’t it be? This song pretty much has become synonymous with the end of the world. I have read in a few different places this was actually about the end of the Reagan era, but in my mind it’s about the world ending. It goes without saying that we all sing the lyrics to a certain point like this; That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane – / Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn… then some how we start humming the tune until… 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 I was a believer in this prophecy I would definietly have these songs ready to go on my iPod, but I don’t think the world will end on Saturday. However, if it does, at least I have the perfect soundtrack of six songs. What do you think, is the world going to end?

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