To commemorate the impending apocalypse I thought we’d look back at some of the music of our generation that addressed the end of time. I didn’t know there were so many.
First we’ll start with some of the more memorable.
Eve of Destruction is a protest song that was written in 1965 by P.F. Sloan and sung by newcomer Barry McQuire. Sloan wrote songs and sang with many artists of that generation including, Johnny Rivers (Secret Agent Man), The Grass Roots, The Turtles and the Fifth Dimension. Eve of Destruction was recorded in one take sometime in the middle of July, 1965, and reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 100, September 25th.
One of my favorites is:
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) was written by R.E.M. and released on their 1987 album, Document. If you can catch some of the high speed lyrics, singer Michael Stipe, covers several apocalyptic events in the brief span of the song including the raptue.
And then there’s this one-hit-wonder.
Perhaps the biggest song of the year 1969, was this apocalyptic glimpse into the future of man. At the end the lyrics go:
Now it’s been 10,000 years,
Man has cried a billion tears,
For what, he never knew.
Now man’s reign is through.
But through eternal night,
The twinkling of starlight.
So very far away, Maybe it’s only yesterday.
And then starts over again at “In the year 2525,” before facing out. It sort of begs the question – Are we doomed to repeat this destructive behavior, generation after generation? I certainly hope not.
Here’s a few other end of the world diddies you might cop a listen to on your way out.
- “99 Luftballons” by Nena
- “1999” by Prince
- “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan
- “Armageddon” by Gamma Ray
- “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
- “The Beginning of the End” by Rob Zombie
- “Christmas at Ground Zero” by “Weird Al” Yankovic
- “Countdown’s Begun” by Ozzy Osbourne
- “The Day the Whole World Went Away” by Nine Inch Nails
- “Doomsday” by Six Feet Under
- “Doomsday Clock” by The Smashing Pumpkins
- “The Earth Died Screaming” by Tom Waits
- “Electric Funeral” by Black Sabbath
- “Epitaph” by King Crimson
- “Fight Fire With Fire” by Metallica
- “The Final Countdown” by Europe
- “Five Years” by David Bowie
- “Floods” by Pantera
- “The Four Horsemen” by Metallica
- “The Future” by Leonard Cohen
- “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
- “Goodbye Blue Sky” by Pink Floyd
- “Here Comes the Flood” by Peter Gabriel
- “The House at Pooneil Corners” by Jefferson Airplane
- “Humanity” by Scorpions
- “I Remember California” by R.E.M.
- “In the Year 2525” by Zager & Evans
- “Judgement Day” by Van Halen
- “Last Day On Earth” by Duran Duran
- “The Last Day On Earth” by Marilyn Manson
- “The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash
- “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)” by Billy Joel
- “Mushroom Clouds” by Love
- “My Love is Your Love” by Whitney Houston
- “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” by Paul McCartney and Wings
- “One Hundred Million Dead” by the Butthole Surfers
- “Party at Ground Zero” by Fishbone
- “Rapture of Riddley Walker” by Clutch
- “Reclamation” by Lamb of God
- “Red Skies” by The Fixx
- “Rise of the Antichrist” by Bewitched
- “Road to Nowhere” by Talking Heads
- “Seventh Seal” by Van Halen
- “The Sky Is Broken” by Moby
- “So Long, Mom (A Song for World War III)” by Tom Lehrer
- “Stop the World” by The Clash
- “Supper’s Ready” by Genesis
- “Survive” by Adrenalin O.D.
- “Talking World War III Blues” by Bob Dylan
- “Teen Riot Structure” by T. Rex
- “Two Suns in the Sunset” by Pink Floyd
- “We Will All Go Together When We Go” by Tom Lehrer
- “When The Wild Wind Blows” by Iron Maiden
- “When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around” by The Police
- “Who’s Got My Back?” by Creed
- “Wooden Ships” by Crosby, Stills & Nash
- “Zero-Sum” by Nine Inch Nails