An Election Day Soundtrack for the End of the World

Fallout shelter originally installed in 1955 for a family of three in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The shelter cost $1,800 (over $15,000 adjusted for inflation) and contained four drop-down beds, a chemical toilet, and an air exchange device that was operated by hand-crank. The entire thing was brought to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. during the mid-90s, where it was on display from 1994 until 2011. (Smithsonian Magazine)

The US Presidential election is today. And no matter who wins, there’s a vague sense that nothing is going to be okay. You have a couple of options tonight as we learn the fate of our nation. One is to watch the election results in real time, fearing the worst for hours. The other option is to head down to your bunker (I trust every Paleofuture reader has one) and listen to a soundtrack for the end of the world.

If you’re planning on doing the latter, I’ve compiled a little playlist. Best of luck and we’ll see you on the other side of all this.


Aldona Dvarionaité playing Frédéric Chopin

Préludes, Op. 28: No. 4 In E Minor

Johnny Cash

The Man Comes Around

Tokyo Police Club

Citizens of Tomorrow

P.J. Harvey

The Last Living Rose


Living in America


How to Disappear Completely

Talking Heads

Life During Wartime

Elvis Perkins


Nine Inch Nails

The Day The World Went Away

Pedro the Lion


Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls

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Matt Novak

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog