It’s December 21*, the last day of the Mayan long-count calendar. Naturally, according to some, this can only mean one thing — it’s the end of the world as we know it. At 11:11 UTC, to be precise. Alarmists predict an apocalypse. So I guess we’re talking earthquake fissures wide enough to swallow whole cities, Himalayan peaks exploding one by one in a daisy-chain formation, and/or widespread destruction that’ll leave the LOLcats to inherit the earth. If that’s not enough, we’re also set for a collision with planet Nibiru.
If you’re concerned about an imminent astronomical disaster, I have good news for you. NASA is confident Nibiru does not even exist.
There’s no cause for panic. As NASA explains in the link above, just because a calendar runs out doesn’t mean it’s the end of days. The I Can Has Cheezburger calendar my cats appeared in runs out on December 31, and no-one’s running around saying we’re all gonna die because there are no pages left. Well, okay, the Model School is. (See their post-apocalyptic music video below. Buy the song here for $1!) Some would argue the Mayans actually anticipated a new beginning after Dec 21. Further to this, my favourite psychic astrologer, Jessica Adams, has given her forecast for January 2013. No mention of a world-destroying event. If that’s not proof our hearts will go on after today, then I don’t know what is.
I usually set up a playlist of 11 songs for each chapter of my work in progress. But in the spirit of things, I’ve put together a list of 21 songs that I think are doomsday-appropriate. Some are morbid, others a bit more cheerful and optimistic. Kate Miller-Heidke’s The Last Day on Earth is one of them. No apocalypse would be complete without a final listen to the Smiths’ There is a Light That Never Goes Out. Duran Duran’s Anyone Out There is a song I’d play on repeat as a siren call to summon survivors from all corners. The rest:
- We’re All Gonna Die – the Model School (see above)
- Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny
- Xanadu – Olivia Newton John
- Streets I Left Behind – the Model School
- Nowhere to Run – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
- Protection – Massive Attack
- Last Day of Summer – Magnet
- Ray of Light – Madonna (I could also include Nothing Really Matters from the same album…)
- Save Me – k.d. lang
- Miracle – Josh Rouse
- Last Goodbye – Jeff Buckley
- New Religion – Duran Duran
- Goin’ Nowhere – Chris Isaak
- (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
- God Only Knows – the Beach Boys
- I Believe – Chris Isaak
- Building Steam with a Grain of Salt – DJ Shadow
- Hold Back the Rain – Duran Duran
What songs are on your end-of-the-world list? Got a fave doomsday movie or book?
*in Sydney, Australia