Top 7 Disaster Songs Countdown

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By Regina Quadir

Most artists may not have had preparedness in mind, but these top 7 title tracks remind us of some events that we should always be prepared for.

Check out our top 7 disaster tracks:

1.  It’s the End of the World As We Know It – REM

2.  Flood – Jars of Clay

3.  Landslide – Smashing Pumpkins

4.  Natural Disaster – PlainWhite T’s

5.  We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel

6.  Trying to Reason with  Hurricane Season-Jimmy Buffett

7.  Rock You Like a Hurricane-Scorpions

Can you think of others? Leave us a comment and add to the list!

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    Loved this! I will be sure to make a playlist specifically for this purpose. All these songs will be included! 🙂

    This is a great list of songs and very appropriate for disaster situations…another song that comes to mind is one called “Apocalypse” by Wyclef

    Great list. add also

    Johnny Cash – Five Feet High and Rising

    Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks

    Stevie Ray Vaughn – Texas Flood

    Jimi Hendrix – In From the Storm

    Bob Dylan – Shelter from the Storm

    Peter Gabriel – Here Comes the Flood

    and a special shout out to
    – Public Enemy, “Hell No, We Ain’t Alright”
    – Mos Def – “Dollar Day (Katrina Clap)”
    – Lil Wayne feat. Robin Thicke, “Tie My Hands”

    from a website online:

    “Drowned” and “Water in the Sky” — Phish.
    “God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters” — Moby
    “””Rain” — Beatles
    “If It Ever Stops Raining” — Black Crowes
    “Looks Like Rain” — Grateful Dead (Bob Weir)

    How about:

    “I wish it would Rain” Phil Collins
    ” Here comes the rain again” Eurythmics
    “Burning down the house” Talking Heads
    “Only Happy when it Rains” Garbage
    “Have you ever seen the rain” CCR

    I think you should include the wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald… an American storm tragedy. great ballad.

    Generally i just like CDC, ten years down the line you have been taking care of our health down in KIBERA slum [Kenya] , God bless you guyz!!!!!!

    Sleep Now in the Fire – Rage Against the Machine
    Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

    CDC, you guys are so full of awesome these days. Thanks for making yourselves more accessible to the people you serve.

    30,000 Pounds of Bananas by Harry Chapin. You didn’t stipulate natural disasters, so I thought of this man-made mash that started one evening with a semi full of fruit on a hill leading into Scranton Pa.

    Some of these are really very clever!

    Y’all are just a little bit daft!


    I’ll see your ‘Edmund Fitzgerald’ (great choice) and raise you ‘Louisiana 1927’ by Randy Newman.

    …and to take it into the future:
    “In The Year 2525” by Zager & Evans (writer: Rick Evans)

    Snowblind – Foreigner
    Disco Inferno – The Trammps
    It’s Raining Men – The Weathergirls
    Blowin’ in the Wind – Bob Dylan

    shows my age…

    @D Paden and @Chris: great disaster songs, thanks for adding to this list! what are some others?

    Have we forgotten “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple about the fire at the montreux casino?

    Gotta have “I predict a riot” by the Kaiser Cheifs

    Also Rudy vallys “Brother Can you spare a dime”

    Dido ” The day before we went to war”

    and Billy Bragg “rumors or war” …war leads to maybe a whole other list.

    Best of the best.
    April Wine. Sign of the Gypsy Queen
    “Take all your gold, and you go”
    You da*m right.

    Five Finger Death Punch – Wash It All Away
    Owl City – Dreams and Disasters

    Reviving this in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, I recommend adding “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police.

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