10 Songs To Soundtrack Our Nuclear Annihilation

At the moment, it seems like not a day is going by without Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un threatening nuclear war on each other. So rather than dwell on what might or might not happen, we like to remember that old Boy Scouts code of honour; Be Prepared, and cherry-pick some perfect musical accompaniments to provide the soundtrack for when the bombs start flying.

Nero - 'Doomsday'

It may seem a long time ago since anyone thought about these apocalyptic dubstep masters, but that is exactly why they are here. Their debut album 'Welcome Reality' was widely-considered the perfect end-of-the-work record and this opening track proves why.

Muse - 'Stockholm Syndrome'

While there are plenty of Muse tracks we could have picked for this list, only 'Stockholm Syndrome' brings out that frantic panic that would ultimately ensue in most of us. Cue the riots and looting.

Outkast - 'Bombs Over Baghdad'

Not only is this an appropriately titled track, it is quite possibility the best hip-hop track of the century so far. Best give it one more listen before your ears end up on the other side of the planet.

Talking Heads - 'Once In A Lifetime'

It's time like nuclear fallout that we like to remember our loved ones and those around us. So if you find yourself all alone when the time comes, have this ready to go and bring back all those wonderful memories of your life.

Soundgarden - 'Black Hole Sun'

It may not have quite the same feel as the other tracks on this list, but it certainly suits the tone of what the end of the world would feel like. Plus you would have the added bonus of knowing you'll soon be hearing Chris Cornell's wonderful voice again in the afterlife.

Blue Oyster Cult - '(Don't Fear) The Reaper'

It's a cliche but maybe that is just what we would need at a time like this. Something that hits the nail right on the head, and maybe even gives you chance to quote some lines from that infamous Saturday Night Live sketch once again. (MORE COWBELL!!!)

Chase & Status - 'Brixton Briefcase'

This one is coming right out of leftfield but I felt we should accommodate all tastes. While Chase & Status' brilliant 'No More Idols' album had far more epic tracks, this is the one that most demonstrates the feeling of catastrophic awe.

Blur - 'Song 2'

This one is for the nihilists. Those that have waited their whole lives for this day and just want to whoop and scream. But let's be honest, you want to hear that 'Woo-Hoo' when the bomb hits just as much as I do.

Prince - '1999'

There will always be some that what to throw one last party before it is all over, and this would most certainly be the climax. Originally released in the 80s, '1999' developed a more menacing tone before the dawn of the millennium, thanks to the devastating possibilities of the millennium bug. Simpler times.

R.E.M. - 'It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)'

Yes, yes, yes. I know, what an obvious choice. But you honestly can't expect to experience the end of the world without hearing the most famous song about it. Plus, you might finally get all the words right this time.