Musical Tributes to the End of the World
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

  • Posted by: Gabrielle Sherman

The end of the world is near; or at least that's the impression one could get based on the sheer influx of movies on the subject that have come out in the last two years. From last year's Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, starring Keira Knightley and Steve Carell, to this summer's blockbuster releases, This Is The End, After Earth and World War Z, which opens today in theaters, as well as others, the trend appears to be going strong.


World War Z:




From all of this, it appears as though our instincts are telling us that something is awry. If you're the type of person that sees the products of popular culture as a direct reflection of their respective society, or, think that maybe the end of the world isn't too far, enjoy these songs which are, as you would expect, are about...the end of the world! Countless musicians, ranging from Nine Inch Nails and Blue Oyster Cult, to St. Vincent and Jay Z, have recorded songs dealing with the topic over time; check out some of the best of the bunch below.


"Extinction Level Event" by Busta Rhymes (1998)



"Going Looking For The End Of The World" by Hess Is More (2012)



"The End Of The World" by Skeeter Davis (1965)



"When That Helicopter Comes" by Andrew Bird (2012)



"We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service (2005)



"Well Thought Out Twinkles" by Silversun Pickups (2006)



"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones (1969)



"Sinnerman" by Nina Simone (1966)



"Seven Swans" by Sufjan Stevens (2004)



"Pink Moon" by Nick Drake (1972)







Title photo credit, Michael Light, The Pacific Tests (1958)
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