Just In Case The Mayans Were Right: 14 Songs To Listen To Before The World Ends

December 20, 2012  |  
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So the world may or may not end on Dec. 21. We’d like to be optimistic and assume that we’ll all see 2013 … but on the off chance that we don’t, Madame Noire has put together 15 must-listen-to tracks before the world potentially comes to an abrupt, cataclysmic, apocalyptic, meeting it’s maker end. You ready?

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Tha Crossroads (Bone Thugs N’ Harmony)

OK, so maybe not the most light-hearted of choices, but if we’re all about to join Biggie and Pac up in the great beyond, we should probably get a little hip-hop church in our lives. This Grammy Award-winning track from Bone Thugs N’ Harmony was a dedication to rapper Eazy-E, but it resonated with those beyond the hip-hop community and became one of the group’s biggest hits. Its serious themes combined with masterful lyricism make it a dope listen on end of the world eve.

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It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (REM)

Michael Stipe-led REM isn’t exactly what I want to listen to when I get taken out, but could we really have a list of the best soon-to-be decimated tracks without including “It’s The End of the World As We Know It”? We didn’t think so. While we won’t necessarily be feeling so fine if all the Mayan prophesying ends up being true and the world comes to a screeching half, we might as well try and look at the bright side of meeting the man upstairs, right?

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1999 (Prince)

This song may be a few years out of date, but the spirit of Prince’s “1999” is right on par with our possible impending apocalypse. “Everybody’s got a bomb, we could all die any day, oh But before I let that happen, I’ll dance my life away, oh ho.” Sing it Prince! If the world does come to an end on Dec. 21, don’t think for one second that we won’t all be preparing with one hell of a going away party that night and the day before. Hey, even if the world doesn’t come to an end, why not throw a little holiday, we survived the apocalypse party anyway? Prince would be proud.

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Til’ The World Ends (Britney Spears)

Now granted, there are many, many, many other artists we’d rather listen to on our last day on earth than Britney Spears and it’s not like homegirl has anything insightful to say about earth’s final days, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that “Til’ The World Ends” is one hell of a catchy song and would be the perfect addition to your apocalypse partying. And if you need some party pointers, Brit Brit certainly seems to have her end-of-the-world partying down to a science. Just see the video below.

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2012 (It Ain’t The End) (Jay Sean)

Aren’t we optimistic, Jay Sean? The Mayans may be all about gloom and doom, but not this British cutie. His track “2012 (It Ain’t The End)” featuring Nicki Minaj isn’t the most inspiring of our selections (Party like like it’s the end of the World/We gonna party like like it’s 2012/You know that it doesn’t matter as long as we got each other), but the beat is hot, the optimism is refreshing and it’s fitting for either scenario (worst case or best case). And, of course, laughing at Barbie is always a good way to raise a few spirits.

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Jesus Walks (Kanye West)

No apocalypse-themed playlist would be complete without the 2004, highly-acclaimed hit song from Kanye West “Jesus Walks”. OK, so we’ll be real talk here and say that we’re not entirely sure Yeezy should be our Jesus, end-of-the-world representative, but we can’t deny that the song is phenomenal. In fact, it was probably one of the first times that we truly realized that we were dealing with something special when it comes to West’s talent and penchant for the extravagant and … possible god complex? (OK, we’re kidding on that last one … maybe?). And the video is pretty phenomenal too.

Rapture (Blondie)

This one is a no-brainer, but you have to admit that Blondie is perfect for this list for more than just having a song called “Rapture”. Debbie Harry is one of the coolest chicks to ever hit the music world and her band changed the game for not only rock music, but mainstream as well. And of course if you’re in the market for a sing-a-long worthy track as the apocalypse beats at your door, we don’t think you could do a whole lot better than this song.

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I Wish It Would Rain (The Temptations)

Admittedly an odd choice, but we felt that this list not only needed a little extra class, but also something that has a throwback vibe to it. Not to say that if the world comes to an end that you should be departing it on an unhappy note, but we think something that reminds you of loves lost and learned lessons is worthy of a few of your final minutes. Plus, it’s The Temptations doing “I Wish It Would Rain”! Musical perfection is a must during any apocalypse or end-of-the-world celebration.

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Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye)

If the Mayans did get it right, don’t you think that you should try and indulge in all of life’s greatest pleasures before the hammer comes down? So do we. Hence why we felt the need to include Marvin Gaye’s love-making classic “Let’s Get It On” in our end-of-the-world playlist. So might we suggest that if all signs are pointing to an unpleasant 12/21/12, grab your boo or even that hot dude from around the way and make your day memorable. Might as well go out with a bang, right? (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves)

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4 Minutes (Madonna and Justin Timberlake)

Well, we’re not entire sold on Madonna or JT’s ability to save the world from its possible demise, but regardless, this track is a must-listen and must-play in any planet’s final hours. Though modern, not-so-fun Madonna will never be half as awesome as writhing-around-in-a-wedding-dress, Like-a-Virgin Madonna, we still gotta give her props for picking a great artist to collaborate with in JT. Timberlake has an uncanny ability to make any song (“D**k in a Box”, I’m referring to you) absolutely dance-worthy. And he’s ridiculously hot also. Can’t go wrong with a combination like that, can you?

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Anything By Michael Jackson

We’re leaving this one completely up to your discretion. You could go the “Billie Jean” route, get your “Thriller” on, or cue up our personal favorite “Man in the Mirror,” but regardless of what you do, Michael Jackson is a must-listen. He’s one of the greatest musicians in history and certainly of our time, so you’d truly be doing yourself a disservice if some of your final moments in this world weren’t spent enjoying his genius. And hey, think about it as a preview to the awesome jam session in the sky you might very well be privy to come Dec. 21.

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I Love The Lord (Whitney Houston)

Granted you may be three sheets to the wasted wind by the time the apocalypse rolls around, but we strongly suggest that you don’t leave God’s green earth without having listened to Whitney Houston’s phenomenal gospel song “I Love The Lord.” You’ll recognize the track from Houston’s 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife” or from Monica’s jaw-dropping tribute to the late singer at the BET Awards. The song is absolutely stunning and whether you’re a church mainstay or only swing by whenever the spirit moves you, there is little doubt that Ms. Whitney’s voice won’t take you to a special place in your mind, body and soul.

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The Final Countdown (Europe)

Did you think we’d wrap this list up without circling back to the gallery’s namesake? This is one of the greatest I’m-so-drunk-I’m-going-to-sing-to-bad-80s-music jams ever and, given its theme, a fitting addition to this playlist.

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We’re leaving this slide up to your discretion. If the world as we know will no longer be in existence, we feel it’s only right that you give a special shoutout to your hood. Whether you’re reppin’ the West Coast (“California Love”) or taking it back to the big city (“Empire State of Mind”), if you’ve only got a few hours left, it’s only right that you take a minute to remember where you come from and the person it has made you. Plus, you have the added benefit that anytime a regional song gets played, you’ll have about 90 percent of the party getting hyphy all of a sudden.

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