Re: Good-bye to my good friends on Red Sox:On the front burner
posted at 5/21/2011 12:40 PM EDT
Make sure to take this end-of-the-world playlist with you
The end of the world starts today — at least that’s what some Christian fringe groups have predicted on billboards throughout town. Just to be prepared (or amused), you might want to stock your iPod with these classic tunes about death, destruction and finality.
1. “The End,” The Doors (1967)
Francis Ford Coppola made this the key song of his “Apocalypse Now.” Enough said.
2. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” Blue Oyster Cult (1976)
Is there a better way to go than by having millions chant, “I gotta have more cowbell, baby”?
3. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Gordon Lightfoot (1976)
A nearly seven-minute account of a ship sinking on Lake Superior, killing 29 aboard. The bleakest song to ever reach No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
4. “Eve of Destruction,” Barry McGuire (1965)
The title says it all.
5. “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine),” R.E.M. (1987)
6. “The Great Gig in the Sky,” Pink Floyd (1973)
Beginning with Richard Wright’s somber piano chord sequence, and underscored by monologues about death (“No, I’m not afraid of dying, anytime will do”), this tune ascends to the heavens thanks to Doris Troy’s powerful gospel wail.
7. “Dust in the Wind,” Kansas (1977)
Get those lighters up in the air.
8. “Enter Sandman,” Metallica (1991)
“We’re off to never-never land.” Extra points for inclusion of the prayer “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” midway through.
9. “There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” the Smiths (1986)
Never have double-decker bus and 10-ton truck crashes sounded so poetic.
10. TIE: “1999,” Prince (1982) and “Till the World Ends,” Britney Spears (2011)
His Royal Badness proclaimed it was Judgment Day nearly 30 years ago, but, man, it sure made us feel like dancing. Britney picks up the apocalyptic boogie torch where Prince left off