Final Encore: Pick Your Song For The End Of The World : All Songs Considered But let's just say, for the sake of discussion, that Saturday marks the occasion when the righteous ascend to heaven and the wicked are sent to writhe miserably in the eternal damnation of hellfire. What single song do you plan to play when the end arrives?
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Final Encore: Pick Your Song For The End Of The World

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Final Encore: Pick Your Song For The End Of The World

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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

A Christian radio host has predicted the so-called Rapture will happen tomorrow night. Some of his followers believe they'll be transported to heaven as Armageddon engulfs the Earth over the next few months.

NPR M: If the world were ending, what's the last tune you'd want to hear? Editor Frannie Kelley says that drew plenty of responses.

FRANNIE KELLEY: We got a crazy, crazy response, 3,000 people, over 3,000 people on Facebook and almost a thousand on our site. Everybody who assumes they're going to hell and assumes it's going to be real rough on them tomorrow evening has been picking these angry, howling man songs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HIGHWAY TO HELL")

DC: (Singing) Highway to hell. On the highway to hell.

KELLEY: And then you have the songs that explicitly deal with what's going on.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE END")

JIM MORRISON: (Singing) This is the end, beautiful friend.

KELLEY: One of our commenters, Jim Charters(ph), said that he picked this one because it ends with a whimper, rather than a bang.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE END")

MORRISON: (Singing) This is the end.

KELLEY: But there are other people that aren't exactly sure where they're going to end up, I guess heaven or hell. And so they're choosing to go out on a more cheerful note.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IF THAT'S ALL THERE IS")

PEGGY LEE: (Singing) If that's all there is my friend, then let's keep dancing.

KELLEY: But some of them decided to soundtrack a perhaps more rapturous moment later that night because if they're going to go out, they're going to go out doing exactly what they want to do.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Unidentified Person: (Singing) Just let me love you (unintelligible).

KELLEY: And then a lot of people picked that song that comes at the very end of Stanley Kubrik's "Dr. Strangelove."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WE'LL MEET AGAIN")

VERA LYNN: (Singing) We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when. But I know we'll meet again some sunny day.

KELLEY: You know, I was really surprised by how many people took this exercise seriously. Of course, there were the jokesters, many of whom suggested we'll all wake up in the morning and hear...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WON'T GET FOOLED")

ROGER DALTREY: (Singing) And I'll get on my knees and pray we don't get fooled again, don't get fooled again. Don't get fooled again.

KELLEY: This is Frannie Kelley, NPR Music.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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