So you’re reading this edition of Paratus Business News and you want to have a Paratus Day party. What music would make your playlist for such an interesting theme?
For a little fun, we offer the staff picks for the best Apocalypse Playlist. These are songs that will certainly energize a party or whatever self-reliance activities you’re working on. Not all doom and gloom, but certainly the right theme to get you growing your own food or checking your survival gear. (Don’t worry, our Homestead Playlist will come soon.)
First, if you asked any music-loving fan of self-reliance to pick the most appropriate song for the survival movement, most would automatically name the R.E.M. classic “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” However, thanks to the National Geographic reality show “Doomsday Preppers,” a new classic emerged by a guy named Big Al Bunker. While he was portrayed on the show as a bit off, the song turns out to be a good fit.
It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)
The Joke’s on Me (Prepper Song)
|Big Al Bunker|
More Traditional Favorites
As we note below, there is a long list of songs that fit the Paratus Day theme. Here are our favorites from bands virtually everyone knows.
|The End||The Doors|
|‘Til The World Ends||Three Dog Night|
|Until the End of the World||U2|
|Armagideon Time||The Clash|
|A Country Boy Will Survive||Hank Williams, Jr.|
|Miami 2017||Billy Joel|
|Silent Running||Mike + The Mechanics|
|Opening Theme||Red Dawn (Original Soundtrack)|
|As the World Falls Down||David Bowie|
|Red Skies at Night||The Fixx|
Finally, it’s easy to find plenty of rock and roll bands with apocalyptic themes, especially in the hard rock and metal genres, but the staff at PBN wanted to reach out for a different vibe this year.
The first place the staff looked was Les Stroud’s library. Known as television’s “Survivorman,” we thought he would write tons of music about self-reliance, but he doesn’t. Earlier this year, we covered his 2017 release, and his music could not be typecast, except as art. He does, however, have a message in many songs, and his first single “Arctic Mistress” is both very good and appropriate for this list.
Here are the staff picks that we define as new material. We cover all types of genres: rock, prog, alternative and instrumental. All of the songs on this page are available on iTunes.
|The Beginning and the End||Anathema|
|At the End of the World||Lifesigns|
|Stay Alive||Jose Gonzales|
|Doomsday Destiny||Neal Morse|
|Is it Really Happening||Transatlantic|
|Morning Dew||The 31st of February|
|The 2nd Law – Unsustainable (Theme from World War Z)||Muse|
|Calamity Song||The Decemberists|
|Doomsday Clock||The Smashing Pumpkins|
For a complete playlist of prepper/apocalyptic music, Wikipedia’s apocalyptic song list is pretty good.
But don’t let us be the final say on this. Post your favorite apocalyptic songs on our Facebook page.
(Editor’s Note: Credit Commander Zero for alerting us to the Wikipedia list and for turning us on to some songs on the “Traditional” list.)