So, if the Mayans are to be believed, tomorrow is the end of the world. We here at Ultimate-Guitar towers are all kitted out for it. We're holed up into our survival bunker, stocked up with 48 cans of Heineken, about 400 packs of ramen noodles and an original 1980s Game Boy complete with Tetris and the video game adaptation of Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Unfortunately, we've forgotten to bring any batteries, or a kettle, rendering anything but the cans of beer absolutely useless...
Anyway, after unanimously voting to eat Clyde the Janitor first in the event that we resort to cannibalism, we decided we could wile away our last hours by coming up with... ULTIMATE-GUITAR'S ULTIMATE APOCALYPSE PLAYLIST!!! Check it out, and get ready to party like it's 2012!
Muse - "Apocalypse Please"
Muse's 2003 album Absolution was a record obsessed with the end of the world, something that was crystalized in the disc's opener "Apocalypse Please". The track paints a suitability Biblical armageddon, replete with epic drums, synths and a choir of overdubbed Matt Bellamys. Who said that the apocalypse couldn't have any pomp?
The Clash - London Calling
The instant that Paul Simonon's bass drops in "London Calling", you know that you're in for a small slice of doom. The sense of imminent death in the track is enforced by Joe Strummer's buzz-saw rhythm guitar and perhaps crystalized in the nihilistic chorus line of "London is drowning and I live by the river."
Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused
While not directly about the apocalypse, Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" always felt like a song that you could soundtrack the end of the world to. The live version from recent DVD release "Celebration Day" is a tuned down slab of stomping death, with John Paul Jones's bass line rumbling with all the intensity of a nuclear warhead. Jimmy's mid section bowed guitar solo is pure chaos.
Megadeth - Rust In Peace... Polaris
Megadeth have written more songs about the apocalypse than most people have had hot dinners. While Countdown to Extinction was a strong contender for this list, that track that ultimately won out for us was the title track of 1990's "Rust In Peace" album. It closed out the record, and, as those epic tom hits thunder in at the beginning, you realize that it would be a quite apt song to end the world to.
Prince - 1999
Who says that the end of the world has to be all doom and gloom? Prince's breakthrough single is a funky recount of apocalyptic destruction that you just can't help but get up and dance to. But don't take our word for it, as the Purple one himself puts it:
"2000 - 00, party over, oops, out of time. So now now I'm gonna party like it's 1999!"
We had initially intended to make this list a lot longer, but five songs in, an argument broke out about the best way to marinade Janitor Clyde's shoulders...
But maybe you, the Ultimate-Guitar faithful can give us a helping hand. Suggest your ultimate apocalypse soundtrack in the comments below and help us make the best armageddon playlist ever! But do it quickly, because of the Mayans were right, then we've probably got less than a day to live before all hell (literally) breaks loose!