Mayan Apocalypse Playlist – Ten Songs For The End Of The World

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By now everyone knows by now that Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of the world.

For some, they’ll pretend the Mayans were off their rockers and it’s just another Friday in December.

But the rest of us, we know what’s going down.

So when the sun comes up tomorrow (or…doesn’t), what’s your plan? Run through the streets in panic? Roll over and hit the snooze? Or just ignore the whole business?

Trying frantically to get this record done before the end of the world. Damn Mayans.

— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) December 20, 2012

Either way, you need a soundtrack. Soundtracks always help. Even when it comes to world-shattering events.

Welcome, then, to our apolocaypse-worthy playlist. Enjoy it now…while you still can. (Spotify users can stream a variation on this playlist right here.)

10) Eric Church, “Drink in My Hand”

If the world’s really going to end, might as well crack a cold one, don’t you think?

9) Hank Williams, Jr., “A Country Boy Can Survive”

“The preacher man says it’s the end of time,” sings Hank, “And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry.” So if anyone’s going to make it through these end times, it’s the hardy and the handy. Which means country people, ‘cuz they’re the ones who can “skin a buck and run a trot line,” not to mention “make our own whiskey and our own smoke, too.”

8) Brad Paisley, “Don’t Drink the Water”

If you’re one of the lucky ones who survives the apocalypse, you probably want to be careful about drinking the water.

7) Johnny Paycheck, “The Cave”

Johnny’s version of the apocalypse is a little different, involving a boy getting lost in a cave, hearing a rumbling sound, then emerging to…the end of the world as he knew it.

6) Miranda Lambert, “That’s the Way the World Goes Round”

Or, at least, that’s the way it used to go ’round.

5) Waylon Jennings, “Revelation”

Is it the end times? The apocalypse? Or a ticked-off husband? Waylon’s song also involves “a cheap motel” and “someone else’s woman,” so the end of the world just got that much more sordid.

4) Buchanan Brothers, “When You See Those Flying Saucers”

In their oddball Cold War hillbilly-gospel anthem, these brothers feel the apocalypse might involve…UFOs. So “when you see those flying saucers,” they sing, “you better pray.”

3) Blake Shelton, “This Can’t Be Good”

Blake starts with a bad situation: “Everybody is runnin’ like the end of the world was comin’,” he sings, “with a wildfire burnin’ like a freight train outta control.” But then he gives it a positive spin: “Now you know, when we get to the other side, we’re gonna have to take all these wet clothes off, and hang out awhile….” Here’s to making it to the other side.

2) Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

The lyrics of Carrie’s recent hit song paint a haunting picture.

1) Skeeter Davis, “The End Of The World”

Good night, sleep tight, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

- Kurt Wolff, CBS Local

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