Songs About the End of the World

Songs About the End of the World

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About this episode

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share favorite songs about the end of the world from artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Fishbone. They're also joined by their production staff with their picks for songs that creatively deal with the apocalypse. Then recent feedback from listeners is played.


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Featured Songs:

The Doors, "The End," The Doors, Elektra, 1967
The Beatles, "I Get By (With a Little Help From My Friends)," Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967
Sharon Van Etten, "The End of the World," Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album, Columbia, 2017
R.E.M., "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," Document, I.R.S., 1987
David Bowie, "Five Years," The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, RCA, 1972
Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction," Eve of Destruction, Geffen, 1965
Matt Maltese, "As the World Caves In," Bad Contestant, Atlantic UK, 2018
Postal Service, "We Will Become Silhouettes," Give Up, Sub Pop, 2005
Randy Newman, "Political Science," Sail Away, Rhino/Warner, 1972
Nico, "The End," The End..., Island, 1974
Phoebe Bridgers, "I Know the End," Punisher, Dead Oceans, 2020
The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony," Urban Hymns, Hut, 1997
Fishbone, "Party At Ground Zero," Fishbone, Columbia, 1985
Madonna, "4 Minutes (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)," Hard Candy, Warner Bros., 2008
Method Man, "Judgement Day," Tical 2000: Judgement Day, Def Jam, 1998
Johnny Cash, "The Man Comes Around," American IV: The Man Comes Around, American Recordings, Universal, 2002
Xixa, "May They Call Us Home," Genesis, Julian, 2020
Reckling, "Spitter," Reckling, Reckling, 2018
Cam Cool, "Everyone Texts and Drives," Everyone Texts and Drives (Single), Cam Cool, 2023
Syl Johnson, "Concrete Reservation," Is It Because I'm Black (Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition), Numero, 2019

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