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The Top 5 Rapture Eve Songs

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May-21
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So there is a contingent prophesying that it’s time for a little rapture, some sinner’s comeuppance. If this does happen, I’ll be pretty irritated that I’m working the day away and ate such a sensible lunch. Anyway, every occasion needs its own soundtrack, so I did my best to get together some facing the end, this is it, time’s up themed songs. So, uh, yeah, good luck with everything and if this is really the end I have a message: Why the hell didn’t you buffoons appreciate our amazing blog more? You wouldn’t know good music if it gave you the lap dance of your life. I mean really, what is wrong with you all reading that Pitchfork nonsense? Really? We can be snide and too cool and hate everything too!

And if tomorrow isn’t actually rapture day, please disregard the aforementioned rant and know that we love you and value our readership. You’re the best! Now enjoy the list we made for you.

The Top 5 Rapture Eve Songs

“Eve of Destruction” by The Turtles

So “Eve of Destruction” was written by P.F. Sloan in 1965 as a protest song. You know how hot-to-trot the hippies were in the 60s. Bombs, guns, war, hate, blah, blah, blah. The track’s most celebrated recording was by Barry McGuire, but my favorite rendition is by The Turtles, but the Dickeis punk rock cover deservers a mention. While this rapture is of the divine sort and not manmade as discussed in this song, it’s still fitting . . . and a damn fine song.

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“Randy Described Eternity” by Built to Spill

Delphic lyrics, ominous guitar sounds and Doug Martsch asking “Where will you spend eternity?” It’s fitting. Maybe more of an antithesis to Prince’s “1999″ that is all about getting the party going big, because, well hell, it’s over. “Randy Described Eternity” speaks more to a questioning and maybe even a promise of redemption if you’re going to be “Perfect from now on.” Who knows? It’s probably really about a chick or something . . . but it’s sooooo good.

“Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones

Forget its association with Casino. Everything is ominous and rocking about this song that delves into seeking shelter from the coming storm and social apocalypse.

“The End” by The Doors

So Jim Morrison wrote it as a good-bye to a bygone girlfriend, but what could be more explicit statement of finality? It’s like trippy man and what a spectacularly enigmatic guitar sound. What metaphor can we really derive from “The blue bus is calling us?” Let’s take a rapture ride!

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“The End of the World” by Skeeter Davis

This is one depressed lady! So yes, it’s clearly a ‘my world is over because my love said peace out’ but there is something really creepy about her overly innocent delivery. So let’s steal another one from the broken love category and move it into the broken world/soul column.

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We would be remiss if we didn’t mention a couple of the more obligatory choices:

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M.

“Rapture” by Blondie

 

Best of luck everyone!

 

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