Five Best “Apocalyptic” Songs

I love songs that’s lyrics consist of “the end of times” or any reference to a massive change in society. I guess you can say that they bring out the dark side in me. There are so many songs that touch on this topic and a lot of the times we don’t even realize THAT is what the song is about. This list isn’t necessarily about subtle intents of songs about the end of the world, this list is just my five favorite songs regarding the end of the world in general. I would like to say before revealing my list that I do NOT want the world to end and I am very happy in my life.

Aenima – Tool
This song is one of my favorites of all time. Aenima is not really about the end of the world, but it gives you that vibe. The song which debuted in 2006 has a plethora of meanings. Don’t follow or lead just be yourself, cleanse your inner self, get to know yourself, and a hopeful fall of L.A. are the most popular interpretations. My personal interpretation is that song writer, Maynard James Keenan (lead singer), is saying that we need to be ourselves and not fall into fads and in the meantime let’s do everything to get rid of fads, let’s “flush them all away”. Best line: “F*** L. Ron Hubbard and f*** all his clones.” (The bandmembers of Tool are strongly against Scientology).

“It’s The End of The World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.
This apocalyptic hit that features lyrics involving continental drift, the rapture, book burnings,  and the eye of hurricanes is a cult classic. We hear it in several movies and radio stations go crazy playing it when something big and unexpected happens (9/11). Released in 1987, “It’s the End of The World As We Know It” will forever be the song that everyone turns to when they think of songs regarding the end of days. Best Line: That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane and Lenny Bruce is not afraid.

“1999” – Prince
This song couldn’t be more obvious about what it is about, however it is many people’s favorite party song. Prince jumped on the Y2k bug a bit early in his 1982 single. The lyrics are there, laid out in stone. There should be no debate as to what this song is about. Basically, this song makes the list because you can play it, listen to it, and enjoy it without having to get all deep and dark. Best line: “But life is a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.”

“Black Hole Sun” – Soundgarden
Depending on how you perceive it, Black Hole Sun is a great “let’s end the world” song. This is another song that can be interpreted in many ways but for the sake of my list, I am taking it as frontman, Chris Cornell, saying “please let’s get sucked into a Black Hole.” I think the song is more or less saying that their is no hope for the human race. Best line: “Hang my head, drown my fear, till you all just disappear.”

“How Far We’ve Come” – Matchbox 20
Rob Thomas (ya, there were other writers too) wrote himself an excellent song with this 2007 hit. “How Far We’ve Come” was an international sensation. The song can be taken for what it is or could be interpreted to be pretty deep. If taken how it’s wrote, the song seems to refer to a time when something historic just happened and the world is in a frenzy. People are cramming to leave cities but really had nowhere to run to. On a deeper note, Thomas could be referring to global warming or just simply that the world is headed toward tough times and we will be tested hence “Let’s see how far we’ve come.” Best Line: “It’s gone, gone baby it’s all gone, there’s no one on the corner and there’s no one at home. Well it was cool, cool, it was just all cool. Now it’s over for me and it’s over for you.”