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End Of The World Playlist: Songs For Apocalypse Groovin'

Doomsday Ditty

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 12/17/12 EST Updated: 12/17/12 EST

Are you all ready for the world to end?

Do you have enough dry foods, water, guns, and cheesy paperback novels to last through armegeddon?

Are you ready to buckle down in your shelter for a long post-apocalyptic snooze?

Great, but there is one thing you may have forgotten to do amidst all your prepping: Create a doomsday playlist.

Hey, life's hard, and so is preparing for the end, so HuffPost Weird News has taken the step of collecting some of the best doomsday ditties around.

Oh, and feel free to add your own.

You don't have to thank us, just save us a spot in your doomsday bunker.


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  • REM: "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"

    Perhaps the quintessential doomsday ditty, this song has a good beat, a fatalistic message and all sorts of references to people who haven't or won't survive any kind of major disaster.

  • Jay Sean: "It Ain't The End" ft. Nicki Minaj

    If you are hearing this song, then the world hasn't ended yet.

  • Talking Heads: "(Nothing But) Flowers"

    This catchy post-apocalyptic tune details the misery that will exist after the world ends and there are no more Dairy Queens or 7-11. Don't laugh: The first thing you'll crave after an Earth-destroying catastrophe will be a Slurpee.

  • Merle Haggard: "Is This The Beginning Of The End"

    Haggard, a country legend, is probably referring to the end of a love affair rather than total destruction of the Earth, but, hey, misery loves company.

  • Europe: "The Final Countdown"

    This Swedish hair metal wrote this doomsday ditty back in the 1980s, when the fears weren't about the Mayan calendar, but about nuclear war -- or about everyone's hair catching on fire.

  • Boyz II Men: "End Of The Road"

    This song deals explicitly with the end of a love affair, not the end of the world, but the guys in the band are holding canes, which can be great self-defense weapons against zombies.

  • Traveling Wilburys: "End Of The Line"

    One of the happiest songs about endings. Besides, who better to spend the end of the world with than Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and George Harrison, among others?

  • Nena: "99 Luftballoons (2009 version)"

    Nena is a German singer and actress who rose to international fame in 1984 with the New German Wave song "99 Luftballons." The song is a Cold War classic about some red balloons that get mistaken as bombs, causing Armageddon. Hey, it could happen.

  • Marvin Gaye: "If I Should Die Tonight"

    Marvin Gaye's soulful ballad will help you prioritize things during your last minutes on Earth. Or will it? After you hear him song, you may find yourself trying to download this song rather than looking for food or shelter.

  • Mose Allison: "Ever Since the World Ended"

    Mose Allison is one of the great songwriters in blues and he makes a good point to remember post-apocalypse: The world wasn't working that well anyway, so don't sweat it.

  • Skeeter Davis: "The End Of The World"

    Skeeter Davis had a huge early 1960s hit with "The End Of The World," and, as a result, brought the end to bouffants as well.

  • The Hooters: "All You Zombies"

    You can't have an end of the world without zombies showing up, and this mid-1980s song by this Philly band is one of the biggest hits in the small genre of "zombie pop."

  • The Beatles: "The End"

    This was the last song collectively recorded by the Beatles, and they spent a majority of it trying to out-solo each other. Remember, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

  • Ali Spagnola: "HuffPost Weird News"

    It would be a tragedy if the world should end without anyone hearing this HuffPost Weird News theme song that was written by staff writer David Moye and brought to life by singer <a href="http://www.powerhouralbum.com/">Ali Spagnola.</a> She specializes in drinking songs and performs 60 of them in a single hour, with audience members doing a group shot together before each song. A great way to end the night -- or the world.