Greatest Album Closing Tracks of All Time

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After the opening track, the closer is the most important song on an album. Often chilling, these are the tracks that make you sit for a couple minutes after the album is over before putting the CD or vinyl back in its case.

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1A Day In the Life - The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

Haunting lyrics about news stories, interspersed with everyday life, all building to a massive crescendo, which culminates in a crashing E Major piano chord. Oh, and after that, there are a few seconds of sound too high pitched for the human ear to detect, but which will make your dog freak out. Does it get any better? - PetSounds

2The End - The Doors (The Doors)V1 Comment
3Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (Who's Next)
4Eclipse - Pink Floyd (The Dark Side of the Moon)

"There is no dark side in the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark." - PetSounds

This song is incredible. As is the album in general. - PositronWildhawk

The most epic closing track to the most epic album ever made!

5Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks (Something Else by the Kinks)

Gorgeous lyrics about a sunset over London's Waterloo Station and the people in the scene. - PetSounds

6Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (The Number of the Beast)
7Caroline, No - The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds)

First the train, and then Brian Wilson's true "Pet Sounds": his dogs, Louie and Banana. - PetSounds

8You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed)
9I Am a Rock - Simon and Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence)

"And a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries." - PetSounds

10Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland)

The Newcomers

?Unbreakable Heart - Three Days Grace (Transit of Venus)
?Curtains - Elton John (Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy)

I love the flow through the final few tracks, beginning with "Writing". It just hits the album's theme and concept so perfectly. Superb writing, composition & arrangement - Billyv

The Contenders

11Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian (At the Edge of Time)
12Raining Blood - Slayer (Reign In Blood)
13When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin IV)
14Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer (Seasons In the Abyss)
15Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys (Smile)
16Echoes - Pink Floyd (Meddle)
17Love Reign O'Er Me - The Who (Quadrophenia)
18Rock 'N Roll Suicide - David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
19And So It Goes - Billy Joel (Storm Front)

Billy described And So It Goes as the calm after the storm that is Storm Front. It's one of his most beautiful ballads, right at the end of one of his hardest albums. - PetSounds

20Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan (Shot of Love)
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1. A Day In the Life - The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
2. The End - The Doors (The Doors)
3. Rock 'N Roll Suicide - David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
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1. The End - The Doors (The Doors)
2. A Day In the Life - The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
3. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks (Something Else by the Kinks)
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1. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (Who's Next)
2. A Day In the Life - The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
3. When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin IV)
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