10 Best Songs About the End of the World 

The world is ending. The apocalypse is upon the earth. And while the end of days may be nigh, there’s no need to despair – at least not yet. The end of the world is a popular topic in music. It can be a metaphor for the end of a relationship, the end of humanity, or life itself. There’s no shortage of songs about running out of time. Here are 10 of the best songs about the end of the world.

“O Children” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The song “O Children” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is a powerful ballad about hope in the face of despair. It is a song about fighting for survival in the darkest of times and refusing to give up no matter what life throws in the way.

This song speaks to the human spirit and reminds people that they can find hope even in their darkest moments if they look for it. It is a song about hope, and it is a reminder that no matter what happens in life, one can always find a reason to keep going. It was a response to the Iraq War and its devastating effects on the civilian population. 

“The End of the World” – Skeeter Davis

In this well known song, released in 1963, Davis sing of someone she cared very deeply for. Her world was shattered when that individual said farewell, implying a split in their relationship. Davis sings about being perplexed that world continues on when hers has ended. The song really does capture the heartbreak of a woman abandoned by the love of her life.

“This Is The End (For You My Friend)” – Anti-Flag

Anti-Flag’s “This Is The End (For You My Friend)” is a song about resilience in the face of adversity. It speaks to the power of hope and determination in the front of difficulty. The lyrics are inspiring, and they remind people that no matter how bad things may seem, they can always find a way to overcome them. This song is a testament to the human spirit, and it is sure to inspire people to keep fighting no matter the obstacles of life.

“The Day the World Went Away” – Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor sings about a world where everything has gone wrong in this haunting ballad. The lyrics are eerily prophetic, painting a picture of a world on the brink of collapse. Reznor’s lyrics are some of the darkest and most depressing one will ever hear but there’s a beauty in their despair.

In a world that is falling apart, Reznor finds hope in human connection. Even though everything is crumbling around them, he sings about how people can still come together and find comfort in each other. It’s a powerful message and one that resonates even more in these troubled times.

“We Didn’t Start The Fire” – Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is a haunting ballad about the world’s end. The lyrics describe a globe plagued by war, famine, and natural disasters. It is a bleak picture of the future, and many people believe that it predicts what will happen in the years to come.

Whether one believes that or not, there is no denying that the song is compelling. It paints a picture of humanity at its worst and leaves one feeling deeply uneasy. If this is what the future holds, nature is in for a very dark time. 

“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – REM

REM’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” is a song about the apocalypse. It was released in 1987 and became an instant hit. The song is about the fear and anxiety that many people feel when they think about the planet’s end. REM sings about how they are not afraid and how they will enjoy themselves while the cosmos is ending. This song is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to feel empowered during the apocalypse.

“What A Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong

This timeless classic is the perfect antidote to all the doom and gloom of the apocalypse. It’s message is that the wonders of friendship and nature are important. It’s a reminder that, no matter what happens, there’s still beauty in this universe – and one should cherish it while they can.

“The Times They Are A-Changing” – Bob Dylan

This 1964 folk song is as relevant today as it was first released. With its sweeping lyrics and simple melody, “The Times They Are A-Changing” reminds people that change is inevitable and can sometimes be for the better. It was a rallying call to people to come together to bring change in the midst of military and political upheavals.

“Lights” – Journey

This powerful ballad is a ray of hope amid darkness. The song points out moments of despair when one feels hopeless. It’s a reminder that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how bad things seem.

“Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey

This classic rock anthem is the perfect pick-me-up for anyone who’s feeling down about the state of the world. It’s a reminder that one should never give up on their dreams – no matter how daunting they seem. It encourages one to keep their head up, believe in themselves, and don’t stop believing – because nature is worth defending.

Final Thoughts

There’s no doubt about it – the world is coming to an end. There’s no denying that the signs are all around the universe. The message in these songs should influence how people live today.


Born and raised in Austin, David is a dedicated writer and avid fragrance lover. When he's not trying out perfumes, he enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants.

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