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.

The Top Ten

1 A 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

This song is such a great closing track. The song is perfect from beginning to end because of the way it is so beautifully executed. The Beatles rock. - maarilynmaanson

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2 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (Who's Next) UListen to Sample
3 Eclipse - Pink Floyd (The Dark Side of the Moon)

This still gives me goose bumps...
also james told me to tell you to wear your seatbelt

"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!

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4 The End - The Doors (The Doors)

What an appropriate name. - Brobusky

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5 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (The Number of the Beast)

It is way better than any of these tracks

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6 Rock 'N Roll Suicide - David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) UListen to Sample
7 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian (At the Edge of Time) UListen to Sample
8 Raining Blood - Slayer (Reign In Blood) UListen to Sample
9 Waterloo 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

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10 Supper's Ready - Foxtrot (Genesis) UListen to Sample

The Newcomers

? Only in Dreams - Weezer

I was slightly disappointed by this song at first, but then I concluded that the simplicity of this song was pretty impressive. It's not easy to build a compelling song with only two verses, two iterations of the chorus, and base it around ONE riff. Yet it works. And has only one solo. The outro is four minutes long, working around the song's riff. Plus, the song overall is great.
The crowing jewel of this lgendary album. - JoLeKosovo

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? Viva Las Vegas - Dead Kennedys

A hilarious cover, one of the greatest cover songs of all time in my opinion. Way to close a timeless classic, Jello. - JoLeKosovo

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The Contenders

11 Echoes - Pink Floyd (Meddle) UListen to Sample
12 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC (Let There Be Rock) UListen to Sample
13 Love, Reign O'er Me - The Who (Quadrophenia) UListen to Sample
14 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer (Seasons In the Abyss) UListen to Sample
15 Caroline, No - The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds)

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

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16 The Call of Ktulu - Metallica (Ride the Lightning)

This is how you end a thrash metal masterpiece. - Userguy44

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17 Would? - Alice in Chains (Dirt)

Alice In Chains are great. - Userguy44

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18 Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Epic closer to "pronounced 'léh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd". - JoLeKosovo

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19 Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run) UListen to Sample
20 I Am a Rock - Simon and Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence)

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

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21 You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed) UListen to Sample
22 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys (Smile) UListen to Sample
23 Working Man - Rush (Rush) UListen to Sample
24 It Ain't Hard to Tell - Nas (Illmatic)
25 Right Where It Belongs - Nine Inch Nails (With Teeth) UListen to Sample
26 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden (Fear of the Dark) UListen to Sample
27 Find the River - R.E.M. (Automatic for the People) UListen to Sample
28 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin IV) UListen to Sample
29 Desolation Row - Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited) UListen to Sample
30 Twist and Shout - The Beatles (Please Please Me) UListen to Sample
31 Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan (Shot of Love) UListen to Sample
32 How Many More Times? - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin) UListen to Sample
33 Demon Days - Gorillaz (Demon Days) UListen to Sample
34 One Shot at Glory - Judas Priest (Painkiller)
35 Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche (Operation Mindcrime) UListen to Sample
36 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland) UListen to Sample
37 All Apologies - Nirvana (In Utero)

This has to be higher so does endless nameless

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38 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian (A Night at the Opera) UListen to Sample
39 Starless - King Crimson (Red) UListen to Sample
40 And 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

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41 Human Insecticide - Annihilator (Alice In Hell) UListen to Sample
42 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails (The Downward Spiral) UListen to Sample
43 The Last Time I Saw Richard - Joni Mitchell (Blue) UListen to Sample
44 Still Don't Give a F*** - Eminem (The Slim Shady LP)
45 Octavarium - Dream Theater (Octavarium) UListen to Sample
46 Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath (Paranoid) UListen to Sample
47 Carolina Drama - The Raconteurs (Consolers of the Lonely) UListen to Sample
48 Something for Nothing - Rush (2112)
49 Good Night - The Beatles (The White Album) UListen to Sample
50 Space Truckin' - Deep Purple (Machine Head) UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (14)

1. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys (Smile)
2. A Day In the Life - The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
3. Every 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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