Time is running out for the people of Earth. The Mayan apocalypse, scheduled for Dec. 21, is just hours away and supposed to bring the end of the world, sending humans going the way of the dinosaurs.
With doomsday upon us, what better way to celebrate than with one of mankind's greatest creations? Music.
The end of the world can elicit a broad range of emotions. Some may lament that there is no longer any time for them to do the things they love, or do the things they should have done. Maybe some people have squandered their time on Earth and now want a chance to start over, living with regret as the clock ticks down.
For others, doomsday means there is nothing left to be done and, since it is out of their hands, what better way to spend the last day on Earth than a joyous celebration. There are plenty of doomsday parties, even some in bunkers, that promise one last blowout before the end.
Whether the end of the world makes you happy, sad, contemplative, remorseful or ambivalent, there is a song about the apocalypse out there for you. This playlist features an eclectic range of music that will help get you through the end of the world.
Some of the songs, such as “It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M. or “The End” by The Doors, are obvious. Others are meant to evoke the sense of what the end of the world means. A song like “All Tomorrow's Parties” by the Velvet Underground is somber and reflective of a particular time, place and group of people, while other songs, like “(Don't Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult or “We Will Become Silhouettes” by the Postal Service, confront what will happen at death. Other songs are just fun, a perfect way to say goodbye to Earth.
You can listen to the top 20 songs for doomsday in the playlist here and be prepared for Dec. 21.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.