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

It is way better than any of these tracks

4 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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5 The End - The Doors (The Doors)

What an appropriate name. - Brobusky

6 Echoes - Pink Floyd (Meddle)
7 Raining Blood - Slayer (Reign In Blood)
8 Rock 'N Roll Suicide - David Bowie (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars)
9 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian (At the Edge of Time)
10 Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland)

The Newcomers

? I Can't Give Everything Away - David Bowie
? Earthmover - Have a Nice Life (Deathconsciousness)

The Contenders

11 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

12 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer (Seasons In the Abyss)
13 Love, Reign O'er Me - The Who (Quadrophenia)
14 Caroline, No - The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds)

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

15 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin IV)
16 Would? - Alice in Chains (Dirt)

Alice In Chains are great. - Userguy44

17 You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed)
18 Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen (Born to Run)
19 I Am a Rock - Simon and Garfunkel (Sounds of Silence)

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

20 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys (Smile)
21 Supper's Ready - Foxtrot (Genesis)
22 It Ain't Hard to Tell - Nas (Illmatic)
23 Right Where It Belongs - Nine Inch Nails (With Teeth)
24 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC (Let There Be Rock)
25 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden (Fear of the Dark)
26 Desolation Row - Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited)
27 Twist and Shout - The Beatles (Please Please Me)
28 Every Grain of Sand - Bob Dylan (Shot of Love)
29 How Many More Times? - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin)
30 Demon Days - Gorillaz (Demon Days)
31 Eyes of a Stranger - Queensryche (Operation Mindcrime)
32 All Apologies - Nirvana (In Utero)

This has to be higher so does endless nameless

33 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian (A Night at the Opera)
34 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

35 Human Insecticide - Annihilator (Alice In Hell)
36 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails (The Downward Spiral)
37 Find the River - R.E.M. (Automatic for the People)
38 The Last Time I Saw Richard - Joni Mitchell (Blue)
39 Octavarium - Dream Theater (Octavarium)
40 Carolina Drama - The Raconteurs (Consolers of the Lonely)
41 Still Don't Give a F*** - Eminem (The Slim Shady LP)
42 Numb - Linkin Park (Meteora)
43 Good Night - The Beatles (The White Album)
44 Space Truckin' - Deep Purple (Machine Head)
45 Train in Vain - The Clash (London Calling)
46 Pirate Jet - Gorillaz (Plastic Beach)
47 Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac (Rumours)
48 Glory Box - Portishead (Dummy)
49 The End - The Beatles (Abbey Road)

The greatest send off to the greatest band in history.

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

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

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Top Remixes (13)

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. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix (Electric Ladyland)
2. A Day In the Life - The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
3. Echoes - Pink Floyd (Meddle)
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