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

2 Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who (Who's Next)
3 The End - The Doors (The Doors)

What an appropriate name. - Brobusky

4 Eclipse - 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!

The perfect conclusion to a perfect album

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

It is way better than any of these tracks

6 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

7 Raining Blood - Slayer (Reign In Blood)
8 Caroline, No - The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds)

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

9 Echoes - Pink Floyd (Meddle)
10 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland)

The Contenders

11 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin IV)
12 You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed)
13 I Am a Rock - Simon and Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence)

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

14 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian (At the Edge of Time)
15 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer (Seasons In the Abyss)
16 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys (Smile)
17 Love, Reign O'er Me - The Who (Quadrophenia)
18 Right Where It Belongs - Nine Inch Nails (With Teeth)
19 Would? - Alice In Chains (Dirt)
20 Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan (Shot of Love)
21 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

22 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails (The Downward Spiral)
23 Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche (Operation Mindcrime)
24 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian (A Night at the Opera)
25 Human Insecticide - Annihilator (Alice In Hell)
26 All Apologies - Nirvana (In Utero)
27 Rock 'N Roll Suicide - David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
28 Octavarium - Dream Theater (Octavarium)
29 The Last Time I Saw Richard - Joni Mitchell (Blue)
30 Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run)
31 Find the River - R.E.M. (Automatic for the People)
32 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden (Fear of the Dark)
33 The Call of Ktulu - Metallica (Ride the Lightning)
34 Train in Vain - The Clash (London Calling)
35 Glory Box - Portishead (Dummy)
36 Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead (The Bends)
37 The End - The Beatles (Abbey Road)

The greatest send off to the greatest band in history.

38 Strobe - Deadmau5 (For Lack of a Better Name)
39 Trilogy Suite Op: 5 - Yngwie Malmsteen (Trilogy)
40 Moonlight Mile - The Rolling Stones (Sticky Fingers)
41 Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles (Revolver)

Insane conclusion to their greatest album - fruitslicer2000

42 Desolation Row - Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)
43 Fairies Wear Boots - Black Sabbath (Paranoid)
44 Evil Twin - Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP 2)
45 Homeward Angel - Moby (Hotel)
46 Surface to Air - The Chemical Brothers (Push the Button)
47 We're All Alone - Boz Scaggs (Silk Degrees)
48 Numb - Linkin Park (Meteora)
49 Breathing - Kate Bush (Never for Ever)
50 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

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Top Remixes (9)

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)
PetSounds
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)
Mumbizz01
1. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden (The Number of the Beast)
2. Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian (At the Edge of Time)
3. Raining Blood - Slayer (Reign In Blood)
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