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The World Is Ending - Cue The Music
May 19, 2011
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By now you've heard the world will end this Saturday, May 21 - so sayeth a group of evangelical Christians. So, here's how it works: the worthy go to heaven; the unworthy stay on earth to endure fires, earthquakes and endless Davey and Goliath reruns - until the earth is actually destroyed. Those of us rewarded with eternal life might want a few tunes to help pass the time, since there's going to be a lot of time to pass. Thus, our End of Days Mix-Tape:

Five Songs For Heaven

Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
Any doubt as to the meaning behind the song was erased when U2 performed it during the Super Bowl halftime show in front of a 200-foot screen scrolling the names of all those who died on 9/11. Pure power.

Will You Meet Me in Heaven? - Johnny Cash
The Man In Black's haunting, hopeful lyrics attested to his understanding of an eternal afterlife: 'We can't be sure of how it's going to be when we walk into the light across the bar. But I'll know you and you'll know me, out there beyond the stars.'

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Buckley's hymnal reading of this Leonard Cohen gem is a sobering reminder of a unique talent taken from us far too soon.

I Will Survive - Cake
Hard to beat Gloria Gaynor's disco stomper about hanging in 'til the end, but this indie-rock remake does just that.

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Not about heaven, but if you're going to have eternal life, you'll want a song as beautiful as this that you can play over and over and over. By the way The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson will be on the show June 3.

... And One For Hell on Earth

Friday - Rebecca Black
Not about hell, but I think this is what eternal damnation feels like.


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