The only thing surprising about this post is that it’s taken this long to write it. Here are the qualities I was looking for in my collections of the best doomsday songs:
- Doomsday awesomeness – the better the TEOTWAWKI, the higher the ranking.
- Musical diversity – the list should represent a variety of musical styles.
- Artistic aptitude – the song has to be decent within its own genre.
Apocalyptic doomsday track time. Each hyperlinked song title will take you to YouTube for that particular song unless I’ve otherwise already embedded the video. Are YOU ready? Here we go.
10 – Lawyers, Guns, and Money
Clearly Warren Zevon’s classic Lawyers, Guns and Money will make the list. It’s the only song I know of that contains the line “the shit has hit the fan.” Send lawyers, guns and money.
9 – Doomsday
Enter the only heavy metal TEOTWAWKI track, this one by Atreyu. Hardcore metal fans will hate me for not including other songs, but there are soooo many heavy TEOTWAWKI tracks. “Seems like Doomsday has come early this year” people. That’s right, SHTF head-banging homies, hit “play” on this one … get ready … wait for it …. and ..… HEAD BANG!
8 – Eve of Destruction
Was Atreyu a little too heavy? Barry McGuire is much more chill without sacrificing any of the gloom. I love ’60s music.
7 – When the Shit Goes Down
Cypress Hill is insane in the brain, insane in the membrane. “When the shit goes down you’d better be ready.” This track is a prepper rap dream.
6 – Until the End of the World
U2 is speaking about you in this song, yes – YOU! This song is about all of us survival samurai. “We ate the food, we drank the wine / Everybody having a good time / Except you / You were talking about the end of the world.”
5 – Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival sings “I hear hurricanes ablowing. I know the end is coming soon. I fear rivers over flowing. I hear the voice of rage and ruin.”
4 – The End
The Doors, this song messed with my head back in college, sitting in my dark dorm room, headphones on, under the influence of… coffee?
The song still moves me.
3 – What a Wonderful World
You think I’m throwing this in for fun? No, when the collapse goes down you’ll want a song like this, Louis Armstrong at his best. When life is at its worst, this song will help you find the beauty in life itself. Play this one at my funeral, right before The End.
2 – The End of the World as We Know It
This song is about well-prepared TEOTWAWKI doomers, all their preps in place, waiting for the day they can turn on their EMP-protected HAM radios. “It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.”
1 – Red Sector A
YES! Rush – most people either love them or hate them. They’re the first band I ever saw in concert, and they’re on this list for a reason, their music is unlike any other. Whenever I hear Red Sector A I feel like oiling my rifles and checking my bug-out-bag. This song has survival substance. Watch and listen …
Doomsday Songs – Honorable Mention – Ideoteque
Who in the hell knows WHAT this Radiohead song is about. It could be interpreted a million different ways, which = artistic quality. The video is crazy creepy. The band (beyond just this song) is very talented. Toss in lines like who’s in a bunker / ice age coming / we’re not scaremongering, and bam – honorable mention!