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* Music/{{Muse}}'s music video for "Sing For Absolution" features a spaceflight to retrieve a massive capsule containing thousands of cryogenically frozen people and take them to Earth. Problem is, when they get there, Earth is an unrecognisable, let alone uninhabitable wasteland akin to the surface of Mars, and it looks like it has been that way for some time. The only things that let the viewer know it is Earth are Big Ben and what remains of a bridge.
* Music/MasakiYamada's EZO song ''Fire Fire'' is the world after a nuclear holocaust.
* The last verse of "99 Red Balloons" by Nena describes the city the song took place in, only after the nuclear holocaust, from the viewpoint of the girl remembering what had happened.
* The Postal Service song "We Will Become Silhouettes" seems to be set in the aftermath of nuclear destruction. The titular silhouettes are a reference to the ghostly images of people that were left behind on walls after [[http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y95/armyyouhave/Hiroshima_Shadow.jpg the nuclear bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki]]. In a classic example of LyricalDissonance, the song sounds like a normal peppy, Postal Service electro-pop love song.
* Music/BlackSabbath's song "Electric Funeral" from ''Music/{{Paranoid}}'' portrays a struggle for survival on a post-nuclear Earth.
* Music/EdgeOfSanity's song "Crimson" takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth where humans can no longer breed.
* Music/ElectricWizard has a song called "The Sun has Turned to Black" which describes the very end of humanity by unknown means.
* Music/RunningWild's song "Straight to Hell" is about bunch of survivors trying survive in post-apocalyptic world and "Land of Ice" is about TimeTravel to a future where the world is caught on nuclear winter.
* The 1994 anime ''Rusty Nail'' PV for Music/XJapan combines this trope with an AlienInvasion - the band members' animated avatars all play important roles in it - Toshi's character (armed with the phallic [[PublicDomainArtifact Lance of Longinus]] no less) and Pata's are part of LaResistance, hide's is TheQuisling / SlaveMook with the invading aliens due to a HypnoTrinket he wears, and Yoshiki's is CrystalDragonJesus ''and'' the only one who can overcome the HypnoTrinket controlling hide's - by throwing roses at it.
* Music/JudasPriest's "Cathedral Spires" from ''Jugulator'' is about mankind in post-apocalyptic world waiting to die in the titular structure.
* Music/SteelyDan's [[http://www.steelydan.com/lyrcountdown.html#track8 King of the World]], not very clear, but can be interpreted as such.
* The second and third verse of Music/NeilYoung's song "After The Gold Rush" describes the physical world and humanity's attempt to rebuild respectively after the end.
-->Look at mother nature on the run in the 20th century
-->We got MotherNature on the run in the 20th century.
* {{Stereolab}}'s "One Small Step"
-->From the sky would fall an incessant rain of bombs
-->We had nowhere to go but retreat underground
-->Our ground had been peppered with loads of mines
-->Growing our food was a risk at any time
* Music/{{Metallica}} also had to get in on the action. Ladies and gentlemen, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Blackened.]]
-->Smouldering decay
-->Take her breath away
-->Millions of our years
-->In minutes disappears
* Music/{{Moby}} said his "South Side" song is about a post-apoc world:
-->Here we are now going to the south side\\
I pick up my friends and we hope we won't die\\
Ride at night, ride through heaven and hell\\
Come back and feel so well
* Music/INomadi and Francesco Guccini, "Noi non ci saremo" ("We won't be there"), spends only the first verse on the presumably thermonuclear extinction of mankind; the rest of the song is bleakly optimistic (life recovers, and Earth will be better without us). A far cry from the juvenile destruction porn of some heavy metal bands.
* Music/JimiHendrix's "1983...A Merman I Should Turn To Be" from ''Music/ElectricLadyland'' has the protagonist and his lover turn into mermaids and dive to the bottom of the ocean to escape a nuclear holocaust.
* The video for Music/TomPetty's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTAhZKP5wCY&feature=related "You Got Lucky."]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deltron_3030 Deltron 3030's]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deltron_3030_(album) self-titled]] concept album focuses on a post-apocalyptic world.
* Music/KlausNomi's music follows a plot: "Total Eclipse" warns of nuclear annihilation, and the aptly titled "After the Fall" is this.
* Hawkwind: "Who's Gonna Win the War" and "Damnation Alley" (the latter based on the Creator/RogerZelazny novel).
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock's album ''The New World's Fair'' (featuring members of Hawkwind) seems to be based on this trope. Its cover depicts a funfair in the distance with a "Danger - Radiation" sign in the foreground.
* Then there's Hawkwind soundalikes ''Music/UndergroundZero'', whose song "Atomchild" seems to be set in a post-apocalyptic future (though it's really hard to make out the words and there's no lyric sheet).
* The Music/TalkingHeads song "(Nothing But) Flowers" takes place years after humanity has given up technology and now lives as hunter-gatherers while the surrounding architecture rots away. The singer becomes increasingly irritated by the lack of modern conveniences and reminisces about life before the end.
* "Come Away Melinda", perhaps this trope's most understated yet touching example.
* Music/PorcupineTree's "A Smart Kid" is an incredibly depressing song set after the end, stated to have been some sort of war.
-->There was a war, but I must have won
* The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_LxyhCJpsM&ob=av3e ''You're Gonna Go Far Kid'']] by Music/TheOffspring.
* Played for increasingly dark humour in Music/BobDylan's "Talkin' World War III Blues".
-->I called up the operator of time, just to hear a voice of some kind
-->She said "When you hear the beep, it'll be three o'clock."
-->She said that for over an hour, then I hung up.
* Music/TheDecemberists song "After the Bombs" follows two lovers in such a world.
* German heavy metal group Rage have a song named "Take me to the Water", which deals with a lone survivor in an already dried-out Earth looking for a mythical source of water.
* Music/{{Gotye}}'s music video for ''Eyes Wide Open'' shows a band of strange, thin limbed creatures wandering Earth, starting with the aftermath of a nuclear war and going back in time to the beginning of life on Earth.
* "Wooden Ships" (written by Music/JeffersonAirplane guitarist and SF Fan Paul Kanter, in collaboration with members of Crosby, Stills and Nash, and a hit for both groups) depicts ocean-dwelling survivors of an unspecified apocalyptic event.
* This forms setting for Music/LindseyStirling and Music/{{Pentatonix}}'s collaborative cover of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aE2GCa-_nyU Radioactive]]". The video is filmed around some old graffitied buildings and junk in the middle of a desert, and the desolate feeling is enhanced by the heightened contrast in the video.
* The Music/ImagineDragons song "Radioactive" alludes to a nuclear apocalypse. The music video for "It's Time" shows the band traversing a desolate wasteland (which somewhat resembles San Francisco).
* Bobby Goldsboro's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOYqPTIi98k The World Beyond]]".
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