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Tim and Myrenthia’s Top Ten Apocalypse Tunes

We are still busy packing and preparing ourselves, the dogs and Minnie Winnie for the road, but we wanted to take a moment today to share our armageddon playlist.

In no particular order:

1) Its the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), R.E.M.

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Sales of the 1987 single soared leading up to the highly anticipated Mayan apocalypse on December 21, 2012.

2) Don’t Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

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Rolling Stone’s Song of the Year in 1976, Stephen King quotes lyrics from Don’t Fear the Reaper in his legendary apocalypse tale, The Stand.

3) All Along the Watchtower, Bob Dylan

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Famously covered by Jimi Hendrix in 1968, All Along the Watchtower is featured on Battlestar Galactica, where assigning numeric values to the song’s notes spells out the coordinates for Earth bringing the last few human survivors home.

4) The End, The Doors

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Originally written about a break up, The End eventually evolved into the 12 minute track featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film, Apocalypse Now.

5) Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire

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A protest song, written in 1965, Eve of Destruction is littered with political references pertinent to the time, including the Alabama race riots and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

6) Radioactive, Imagine Dragons

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Called “strangely intense and abrasive” by IGN, Radioactive became the best selling rock song of all time in the United States in May 2014.

7) Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival

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Writer John Fogerty says the song is about “the apocalypse that was going to visited upon us” and has been known to sing the commonly misheard lyrics, “there’s a bathroom on the right” during live performances.

8) 1999, Prince

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In 2007, Prince relented and allowed the apocalyptic party anthem back onto his set list after vowing following a 1999 New Years Eve concert to never perform the song live again.

9) Zombie, The Cranberries

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Written in 1993 about victims of an IRA bombing, Zombie is loaded with warnings of the dangers of war.

10) Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones

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Inspired by the Vietnam War, Gimme Shelter has been used in countless films and commercials and covered by too many artists to count.

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