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Top 10 End of the World / Apocalypse Songs

May 21, 2011 is the date that religious author Harold Camping has written to be the "end of the world," and while there isn't any scientific evidence to prove it, we couldn't help but wonder: If the apocalypse were here, what would be on your playlist to mark the occasion? Well, you'd probably have other things on your mind beyond listening to music, but here's what we believe should be the soundtrack to our last moments.

10
'Till the World Ends'
Britney Spears
This pop star isn't afraid of the apocalypse. In fact, she's going out in the club. Going by the hit 'Femme Fatale' track, the singer is spending her last night on the dance floor, and is going to "keep on dancing till the world ends." After all, she's Britney, bitch.
Britney Spears Till The World Ends
09
'4 Minutes' Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
Madonna
If the clock is indeed ticking, you can spend your last moments listening to Madonna's '4 Minutes,' which offers, well, four minutes of aural bliss aided by Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. The pop diva is on a mission to save the world, but if she doesn't, she can die knowing she tried.
Madonna 4 Minutes
Amazon
08
'Gimme Shelter'
Rolling Stones
This classic Stones hit opened the band's 1969 album 'Let It Bleed,' painting images of everything the end of the world would likely involve. Mick Jagger sings of a life-threatening storm, war, gunshots and more in this unforgettable track, which might give you some figurative shelter on Saturday.
Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter
07
'Waiting for the End of the World'
Elvis Costello
Costello released this song on his 1977 'My Aim is True' LP, but little did he know that it would have cultural significance over three decades later. In the song, the crooner offers a hopeful prayer: "Dear Lord, I sincerely hope you're coming, 'cause you really started something."
Elvis Costello Waiting for the End of the World
06
'The Four Horsemen'
Metallica
Whether you're a sinner or a saint, Metallica's 1983 'Kill 'Em All' track predicts that the end is near. Will this weekend's supposed apocalypse mean that the four horsemen will "come to take your life"? No one knows, but rocking out to this shredder might ease the pain.
Metallica Four Horsemen
05
'Until the End of the World'
U2
This 1991 song from U2's 'Achtung Baby' was never really a hit single but is considered one of the album's best, and is frequently performed live in concert. Lead singer Bono revealed that the lyrics were written after he had an idea about a conversation between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. The lyrics revisit the Biblical stories about The Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane and Judas' suicide.
U2 Achtung Baby
Amazon
04
'1999'
Prince
Prince's party hit was released as the title track from his '1999' album released in 1982. The tune calls for a celebration under the suggestion that when the clock strikes midnight and the world enters the year 2000, "party over, oops, out of time. So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."
Prince 1999
03
'Black Hole Sun'
Soundgarden
'Black Hole Sun' became one of Soundgarden's most successful songs, even though lead singer Chris Cornell revealed that he wrote the song in 15 minutes. The music video -- which depicts an apocalyptic demise of a strange suburban neighborhood while the band continues performing amongst the chaos -- won Best Metal/Hard Rock Video at the 1994 MTV Music Video Awards.
Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
02
'The End'
The Doors
'The End' was originally written by The Doors' Jim Morrison about a breakup with a girlfriend, but over time it evolved into nearly 12-minute track that was finally recorded live in the studio with no overdubbing. The song is best known in popular culture as being used in the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola film 'Apocalypse Now' during the opening sequence, as well as the movie's famous scene portraying the killing of a figure. "This is the end" is repeated throughout the track, thus depicting an almost doomsday mood.
The Doors The End
01
'It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)'
R.E.M.
The Georgia-based rock group's 'It's End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)' appeared as part of the 1987 album 'Document.' While the lyrics contain many references to apocalyptic occurrences -- earthquakes, the rapture, snakes, etc. -- many have speculated that the song is, in fact, in reference to the end of the Reagan-era of the '80s. Band leader Michael Stipe did say in an interview that the song was "addressing incredible social concerns of the time."
R.E.M. The End of the World As We Know It
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