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Obviously nobody knows what’s going to go down on Friday, the so-called final day on the Mayan calendar and thus the focus of doomsday prophecies and end-of-the-world predictions since — well, at least since we all survived the Y2K scare — but regardless the outcome, it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

 

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‘Until the End of the World’

U2

 

 
From ‘Achtung Baby’ (1991)
Hard to tell if this one is about an actual doomsday prophecy or the feeling that the world is over due to a doomed relationship, but either way can certainly suck.

 

9

‘Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret’

The Blood Brothers

 

 
From ‘Crimes’ (2004)
Where are you going to be when all this s— goes down? The Blood Brothers are going to be dancing their asses off, judging from this jam. Really, it’s not a bad way to go out, now is it?

 

8

‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’

Morrissey

 

 
From ‘Viva Hate’ (1988)
Who could forget when Morrissey — off on his own for the first time after the end of the Smiths — basically calls for the end of the Earth by singing out “Come Armageddon, come Armageddon come.” It’s his fault, isn’t it?

 

7

‘Mayan Nights’

Man Man

 

 
From ‘Life Fantastic’ (2011)
Not on the original release of ‘Life Fantastic,’ consider ‘Mayan Nights’ a bonus track that offers a rare glimpse at this whole thing from the other side — the Mayans themselves.

 

6

‘Armigideon Time’

The Clash

 

 
From ‘London Calling’ Single (1979)
Originally written and recorded by Jamaican reggae and dub musician Willi Williams, this cut from the B-side of the Clash’s ‘London Calling’ single reminds you that you’re pretty much on your own at the end: “No one will guide you through Armagideon time,” go the lyrics.

 

5

‘Doomsday’

Mephiskapheles

 

 
‘God Bless Satan’ (1994)
We can think of few songs that go with the end of the Earth better than this jam — but hey, what can we say? We’re real suckers for satanic skinhead ska.

 

4

‘Flower of the Apocalypse’

Helium

 

 
From ‘The Dirt of Luck’ (1995)
Even the end of the world should have at least one pretty bloom, right? Leave it to ex-Helium/current Wild Flag singer Mary Timony to be the one to sing about it.

 

3

‘Apocalypse Dreams’

Tame Impala

 

 
From ‘Lonerism’ (2012)
Hands down one of the best jams of the year is also an easy pick for any doomsday list. What’s a better way to go out than with your mind blown?

 

2

‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’

R.E.M.

 

 
From ‘Document’ (1987)
We bet for sure you thought we’d put this at No. 1 — which would be a little too obvious, wouldn’t it? So we stuck it in the second spot, because really, it should at least be close to the top. But if this isn’t No. 1, what is?

 

1

‘Waiting for the End of the World’

Elvis Costello

 

 
From ‘My Aim Is True’ (1977)
Is three “End of the World” songs too many for a list like this? Of course not! And regardless, we couldn’t leave this one off — just listen to the lyrics. The final track off Costello’s solo debut is as good as any!

 

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