December 21, 2012 seems to be the official, most-agreed-upon expiration date for either humanity or the Earth we inhabit. Never mind that the Mayans didn’t actually think the end of their long-count calendar marked the end of the world. Or that they didn’t have leap-years. Someone has to sell survival kits and the soon-to-be-extinct Twinkies, after all. This is the internet, so screw facts. The Google-Mayans have spoken – the world is indeed ending. What are you going to listen to? It’s time to make your ultimate “desert island” mix. Only instead of being marooned for eternity, you’re jamming away Earth’s final, fleeting moments, waxing on the last lyrics you’ll ever hear. Here’s what we chose. Think you can do better? Comment away below:

Daughters – ‘Cheers, Pricks!’

The Providence-based sensory-assault once known as Daughters isn’t for everyone. But their sound may become more universal when worldwide panic sets in. Daughters stretched boundaries, even for aggressive music, that can’t be labeled beyond ‘the soundtrack to manically losing one’s sanity with atonal vocals by an overdosing Elvis.’ “Cheers, Pricks!” adds more nails to the chalkboard at eight seconds in with a blood-curdling sample, all before vocalist Alexis SF Marshall takes you through Limbo, Purgatory, and Hell, begging to be “put down like a horse with a broken leg.” This is what fire raining from above feels like: [LISTEN]

If I was drunk anywaaah, I’d tell you how uh
I think it’d make this whole process a hell of a lot easier

I can’t keep my eye from twitching
I can’t make sense of this
If it’s ringing in my head or in my ears I cannot tell the difference

Luciano Pavarotti – ‘O Holy Night’

Now your panic’s replaced with depression, as you realize everything you know and love will soon be gone. Plus, you won’t be able to celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa (Jewish people luck out, though). “O Holy Night” matches this melancholy while providing a few minutes of Christmas cheer. Why Pavarotti? Because this is the end of days, not a Christmas time mall soundtrack. Leave that to Josh Groban. If I literally need to “fall on my knees” and “hear the angel voices,” I’m going to have Pavarotti letting me know with the spine-tingling “Divine!” at 3:40: [LISTEN]

Fall on your knees
Oh, hear the angel voices
Oh, night divine

Pink Floyd – ‘The Great Gig in the Sky

Allegedly, the boys in Floyd told session singer Clare Torry to think about death when wailing over this track. For sure, we know that she tried to sing like an instrument, instead of like a vocalist. Either way, the improvised jam’s peak, coupled with an Abbey Road janitor’s spoken thoughts on death, will have you existentially pondering your own impending demise. Perhaps the song’s title and the janitor are right – maybe death is just another rebirth as you head to “The Great Gig In The Sky.” Which is actually closer to what the Mayans probably thought about 2012: [LISTEN]

And I am not frightened of dying
Any time will do, I don’t mind
Why should I be frightened of dying?
There’s no reason for it – you’ve got to go sometime

Sigur Rós – ‘Glósóli

“Glósóli” perfectly embodies this optimistic sense of rebirth. Sigur Rós vocalist Jónsi Þór Birgisson regularly combines his native Icelandic with English to form his own language, “Hopelandic.” The goal is that listeners internalize the orchestral-post-rock and interpret the message however they’d like, not tied down by exact lyrics. Even in “Glósóli”‘s straight-ahead Icelandic, Jónsi keeps it vague. But the rebirth theme is evident; he’s awoken from nightmares to find a beautiful, “glowing sun,” inner peace, and “nothing” else. If that’s not liberation from reality, then these children deciding they can fly in the video’s climax drives it home (4:36): [LISTEN]

Now that you’re awake
Everything seems different
I look around
But there’s nothing at all

Boards of Canada – ‘Over the Horizon Radar’

You don’t know what – if anything – the future holds. And you don’t care. You’re completely calm, relaxed as a deep serenity washes over you. It’s time to sit back, relax and watch the end of the humanity together. Cue one of the most relaxing compositions ever made, one that doesn’t even need a lyric – Boards of Canada’s “Over the Horizon Radar.” The instrumental chords soothe you as you gaze upon your last sunrise. You might want to enlist one of your DJ friends - everyone has a DJ friend – to make an extended version, though, in case you want more than one minute of bliss during Armageddon: [LISTEN]

(Instrumental)