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With The Walking Dead returning on February 10th, I felt it was appropriate to create a playlist that could put people in the mood to fight some zombies. Ranging from Johnny Cash to Imagine Dragons, epic to somber, these are songs that can strangely make us think of the undead. So, who's ready for the apocalypse?
'Zombie'- The Cranberries
Let's start with the most obvious, on the nose pick. "Zombie," by the Cranberries, was a smash hit in the 1990's. One can't help but think of zombies when this alternative rock song come on the radio.
'Natural'- Imagine Dragons
"Natural" was one of Imagine Dragon's many hits from their latest album Origins. Not only is it an epic rock song, it includes lyrics that can relate to living in a zombie world such as "rather be the hunter than the prey." It's something to think about while being chased by a brain eating monster.
You gotta be so cold, to make it in this world, yeah you’re a natural, living your life cutthroat. -"Natural" by Imagine Dragons
'Ain't No Grave'- Johnny Cash
If you are a zombie, ain't no grave can hold your body down. This legendary country song could also motivate one to continue the fight. With The Man in Black in your ears, nothing can stop you. There's nothing to lose.
This an epic cover of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child. The dramatic tune was featured in the official trailer for Tomb Raider (2018). If you can face a horde of zombies head on, then you're a survivor who's not gonna give up. You can do anything!
'Sabotage'- Beastie Boys
The nineties hip-hop group, Beastie Boys, brings in the punch on "Sabotage." With this song, you can go to war on those zombies, and start with a bang. Now, go sabotage the undead's plans!
'Tranquilize'- The Killers, Featuring Lou Reed
Could you tranquilize a zombie? Maybe, it's worth a try. The Killer's edgy rock song features the late and great Lou Reed from The Velvet Underground. "Tranquilize" experiments with some blues and southern rock that is fitting for a zombie environment.
I got this feeling that they're gonna break down the door, I got this feeling they they're gonna come back for more. - "Tranquilize" by The Killers
'Raise Hell'- Dorothy
You're bound to raise some hell with zombies on the attack. Dorothy is an American rock band from Los Angeles named after lead singer Dorothy Martin. The edgy banger, "Raise Hell" is that song with the power to make anyone feel like a bad ass. They may not be the most well known band, bout they're on their way for sure. Check them out on Facebook.
'Immigrant Song'- Led Zeppelin
Lead singer Robert Plant's incredible voice makes Immigrant Song even more epic. The opening of the song is enough to make one go on an adventurous rampage. Some of the lyrics can be synonymous to living in the undead times.
How soft your fields so green, can whisper tales of gore.
'Jungle'- X Ambassadors
An apocalyptic world could seem like a jungle. X Ambassadors made a rocking hit with British singer Jamie N Commons. So, let's follow zombies into the jungle.
I feel too cold to live, too young to die. - "Jungle" by X Ambassadors
'Run Through The Jungle'- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Speaking of the jungle, this innovate rock group from the 1960s and 1970s brings alive southern goth at its finest. "Run Through The Jungle" creates a gritty and dirty world for your zombie war. Better run and hide in the jungle before you get eaten alive!
'Seven Nation Army'- The White Stripes
When a swarm of the walking dead is approaching, it's to fight them off with a seven nation army. Jack White's band makes a memorable bluesy rock song for your own army to command.
I'm gonna fight 'em all, a seven nation army couldn't hold me back...And the stains coming from my blood, tell me go back home.
'Kill and Run'- Sia
"Kill and Run" was first featured on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby (2013). Even with that in mind, the song perfectly describes the life of surviving zombies. There's usually lots of killing and lots of running involved. It may not be the most uplifting or blood-pumping song, but does remain one of the danger and despair living in the end of the world.
'Gimme Shelter'- The Rolling Stones
Gotta find some shelter in the apocalypse. This iconic hit from the legendary rock group Rolling Stones could make you want to board up your windows and doors. Then you can grab your pick axes and shot guns.
'We're Not Gonna Take It'- Twisted Sister (from Stay Hungry Album)
Fighting zombie can be exhausting. It can make you tired, make you feel like you can't take it anymore. The 1980's hit by Twisted Sister expresses all those feelings. However, it also has the rock and roll power to build you back up and keep on fighting. So, if you want a good fight with a zombie, this is your song. A modern cover by J2 is also an excellent pick. Listen Here.
So that concludes the zombie playlist. Did I miss anything? What apocalyptic songs do you rock out to?