Countdown To Extinction: UG's Soundtrack To The Apocalypse

Suggest your ultimate apocalypse soundtrack!

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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?

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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."

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Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused

(live version)

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.

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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.

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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!"

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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!

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    R.E.M. "It's the End of the World as We Know It"
    my favorite slayer song
    ill tab it for you. 0000023122312321232312200000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 0000032132123223231323100000
    Fail. and I'm not talking about Slayer, I'm talking about you tabbing "Seasons In The Abyss" like that. I actually learned SITA, and what you tabbed isn't that. What you tabbed is more of War Ensemble.
    i didnt even listen to the song man, i was making a joke as to what every slayer song pretty much sounds like
    Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction Bring it on Apocalypse!!!
    My Last Words
    Countdown to extinction ? No ? Anyone ?
    Maybe you should have actually read the article (if the title didn't give it away).
    My Last Words
    Well, the article never spoke of Megadeth - Countdown to extinction. Maybe you should rethink your words before commenting mate
    Also Incubus' "A Certain Shade of Green". That one directly mentions 2012.
    And also, in the "Warning" video, at 3:25 in the song, the watch stops at 10:24AM and everyone disappears. I noticed that as soon as that video came out. And as I stated, Incubus is by far my favorite band, but their latest cd (If Not Now, When?) does not excite me at all. The only decent song is Adolescents, imo.
    and 1 upvote for you, for listing Incubus(my favorite ****in band ever), for Certain Shade Of Green(awesome) and also for actually knowing about Incubus and that there are cd's that came out before Make Yourself. S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is classic, I love Fungus Amongus(that might be my fav).
    The Sixth Extinction by Ayreon The End Complete by Coheed and Cambria No World for Tomorrow works well too. A Smart Kid by Porcupine Tree Destroyer of the Universe by Amon Amarth And all their other songs. Yeah I think Amon Amarth's discography takes the cake. I feel like Gojira has to fit in here somewhere too. And after the world ends we can chill out post-apocalyptic style with Isis. ...And the Great Cold Death of the Earth. How could I forget Agalloch?
    link no1
    Metallica - Four Horsemen That's all I need to hear tomorrow whilst I am drunk burning to death in my fortress of beer cans I like to alchytraz.
    Gonna be listening to Post-Rock all day tommorow, Dead Flag Blues by GY!BE is the definitive apocalypse song.
    glad someone posted it, going to spinning f#a# infinity and slow riot for zero kanada all day tomorrow. I want more Godspeed vinyl
    The entire F# A# (infinity) album is definitely appropriate. This song is simply amazing.
    Call me an optimist... but The Show MUST go on! - Queen and if we really gonna die.. let's just divide who goes where by listening to stairway to heaven and Highway to hell!
    In This Twilight by Nine Inch Nails. Shit anything off of Year Zero, really. Zero-Sum would definitely work.