BREAKING: We’re all going to die tomorrow.
Well, you probably knew that. Unlike all those other doomsday prophecies, the Mayan calendar one is legit. Why? Because math, that’s why. And there was also “2012,” that John Cusack movie. When you look at it, the odds are really stacked against us. Your last chance at survival might be joining this guy in his “survival pod.”
But we’re not here to be a Debbie Downer. One of the best ways to spend your final moments is listening to the perfect song (along with spending time with your loved one, obviously). We asked everyone who works here at CBS-FM, from the on-air staff to the wonderful digital team (humblebrag), what is the ONE song they would listen to before the world goes kaput.
“Broadway” Bill Lee
“There is no doubt about the last song I’d want to hear; ‘End Of The Road’ by Boyz II Men.
It encompasses many forms of modern music, being a Doo-wop a capella. It is regularly performed by Kenny Vance and The Planotones. It features a boomin’ bass available only in hip hop and R&B music. The vocals go off gospel like somebody is on fire, and it was a top 40 hit that dominated the charts in 1992.
The lyrical content is obvious, the emotional impact of the harmony is passionate and the total production screams CLIMAX!”
“Brooklyn’s Own” Joe Causi
“My choice would be ‘Summer Wind’ by Frank Sinatra because you might as well listen to the best while you’re on your way out, amirite?!?!
And while you’re at it, grab a slice of the best pizza in the tri-state at Lee’s Tavern in Staten Island. I was there, so I should know!
“Rockin'” Ron Parker
“There is only one song to play if the Mayan Calendar date holds true for the end of the world; ‘Hello, Goodbye’ by the Beatles. Hello, I’m here… and now, goodbye.”
“For the last song I’d like to hear before the world ends… I would choose ‘Reach Out of the Darkness’ by Friend & Lover because I want to go out with a smile on my face. That song does it every time.”
“I’d like to go out blasting The Beatles, specifically the 16 minute medley from Abbey Road… it’s soft, then it rocks; it’s emotional, then it’s fun. It features a Ringo drum solo and signature guitar riffs from each of the other Beatles along the way before wrapping up with the famous line “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
“‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ by Bob Dylan. Bob is the singer/songwriter/poet of our generation. I will toast you with a glass of champagne as we say goodbye, cruel world.”
Dermot O’Neill/Creative Director & APD
“R.E.M. ‘It’s The End Of The World’ because there could not be a more fitting song.”
Chris Angelo/Production Director
“I choose the lovely Skeeter Davis’s ‘The End of the World.‘ We don’t play Debby Boone’s ‘You Light Up My Life,’ so this is definitely my choice.
But if the world is ending, maybe I can sneak it in there!”
Joe C./Managing Editor
“I chose Sunny Day Real Estate’s ‘Sometimes’ because, well, I’m a sappy ‘90s emo nerd and I guess I want to go out crying into my sweater. Plus, I think listening to dubstep would probably just anger the gods even more.”
E.J. /Content Guru & .Gif Maker (see above)
“I think mine would be Van Morrison’s ‘Everyone’ because it closes one of my favorite movies (The Royal Tenenbaums). My father also really likes Van Morrison and I think he would find my choice… most satisfactory.”
Maria B./Digital Intern
“I’d pick Swedish House Mafia‘s ‘Save The World’ because I just got through finals and I’m not ready to have this all be over so soon. I haven’t even found a job yet and the world is over!?! Thanks Mayans!”
Vincent R./Digital Intern
“‘Dammit’ from Blink 182 because it’s the first song I ever heard from what is now my favorite group. Plus, I’m pretty sure there will be an echoing chorus of ‘DAMMIT’s’ when the Earth starts swallowing us whole! ‘Well, I guess this is growing up!'”
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