Top 10 Most Apocalyptic Rock and Metal Songs


The Top Ten

1 Black Prophecies - Dark Angel

Not only the lyrical theme (Nostradamus prophecies) but also the music is very dark - the riff and the rhythm alone make you feel that something inevitable is coming.
An epic thrash metal song of 1986 (8:30). Lyrics are like 2 miles long.
"As the seeds of time were sewn
The fires, the plagues, the men of blood
Foretold by prophetic eye
Scourges upon lands he never stood
Predicting our race to die" - Metal_Treasure

2 The Four Horsemen - Metallica

It's about the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
"Now is the death of doers of wrong
Swing the judgement hammer down
Safely inside armor blood guts and sweat

The Horsemen are drawing nearer
On leather steeds they ride
They've come to take your life
On through the dead of night
With the Four Horsemen ride
Or choose your fate and die" - Metal_Treasure

3 The End - The Doors
4 Imperiled Eyes - Annihilator

A song from their critically acclaimed album Never, Neverland (1990).
"Centuries of war and waste
Have dealt a mortal blow
Mother earth begins to rot
Humanity on death row

Life does slowly cease to be
Death seems so surreal
As earth becomes a vacant lot
There's nothing left to heal

No colour in the skies
No one left to blame" - Metal_Treasure

5 Ænema - Tool

"Some say the end is near.
Some say we'll see Armageddon soon."
(I can't quote more lyrics because there are too many F-words and the comment may not show at all) - Metal_Treasure

6 Pure F**king Armageddon - Mayhem
7 Disciple - Slayer
8 Armageddon - Gamma Ray

When the day of judgement comes

And when your world is gonna blow
Through your heart and take your soul
In the twilight of the sun

I believe there's no tomorrow
When we all will sink in sorrow
When the day of judgement finally comes

It's the end of the world as we know it - Metal_Treasure

9 World War Now - Kreator
10 Apocalypse - Hypocrisy

A less known death metal song but its sound is one of the most apocalyptic ones on this list. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 2 Minutes to Midnight - Iron Maiden

"The body bags and little rags of children torn in two
And the jellied brains of those who remain to put the finger right on you
As the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song
To the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun." - Metal_Treasure

12 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Lyrics are dark but music - not very much (compared to the metal songs on this list). Music even sounds upbeat to me. Music and lyrics aren't matched. But the song is great and popular. - Metal_Treasure

For those not familiar with the song, a "Bad Moon Rising" is a thermonuclear detonation; which is pretty darn apocalyptic.

13 As It Was, as It Soon Shall Be - Exodus

We didn’t pay attention
to lessons learned in the past
Soon the sands in the desert
will melt from the atomic blast
Mesopotamia’s ground zero
for the coming of world war
Thousands die in the sand
And I still don’t understand what for
As it was, as it soon shall be
We’re teetering on the brink
of a world war III
A repetition of history
as you soon shall see - Metal_Treasure

14 Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd
15 Fight Fire with Fire - Metallica
16 Seventh Sign - Yngwie Malmsteen

The earth is crumbling, the end is near
No one's listening, I'm filled with fear
Hear the warning, in the prophet's word
Day by day, we're destroying this world
No more water
No more blue skies
No one cares, no one tries
To save what we once had - Metal_Treasure

17 Seven Seals - Primal Fear

Red moonlight's calling
The final day the sky will fall down
And we might all drown
If seven seals will break
The final day will end in sorrow
There's no tomorrow
If seven seals will break - Metal_Treasure

18 Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
19 All Nightmare Long - Metallica
20 The Prophet's Song - Queen
21 Apocalypse Dreams - Tame Impala
22 Skeletons of Society - Slayer

Shades of death are all I see
Fragments of what used to be
The world slowly decays
Destruction fills my eyes
Harboring the image
Of a spiraling demise
Burning winds release their fury
Simulating judge and jury
Drifting flurries of pain - Metal_Treasure

23 The Antichrist - Slayer
24 Hammer to Fall - Queen

"You just got time to say your prayers
While you're waiting for the hammer to - hammer to fall.

Yeah! Yes.
Let's get on the floor!
Yeah! Hammer!
You know
Hammer to fall!
Yeah! " - Metal_Treasure

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