* In a humorously ironic subversion of this trope, [[Music/ScatmanJohn Scatman John's]] Scatman's World partially takes place in a {{Utopia}}n society called... Scatland. [[DontExplainTheJoke You know, like crap.]]
* Music/AliceCooper's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA3OWll_Das Brutal Planet]]
* In the song ''Roses'', not by Music/{{Outkast}}, but by Nik Kershaw, tells what of happens later after a wasteful society turns the world into this trope later on.
* Battery City and The Zones, the setting of Music/MyChemicalRomance's post-apocalyptic concept record ''Music/DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys''. "The Zones" are basically the dry, scorching hot, desert wasteland California becomes after the tragic events of 2012
* Hunger City, the setting of the Music/DavidBowie ConceptAlbum ''Music/DiamondDogs'' (a work that rose from the ashes of an unrealized musical version of ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'') -- after an undescribed catastrophe, what's left of humanity here splits up into decadent, scavenging tribes, bringing on TheApunkalypse.
* The subject of Music/BlackSabbath's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Wicked World"]].
* The VideoGame/MegaMan-inspired songs of Music/TheProtomen.
** Act II tells us exactly how the world managed to turn into this.
* The Underworld in Theatre/{{Hadestown}}
* The entire setting of the concept album Deltron 3030 but specifically Turbulence, a song describing the setting in detail.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Happy Birthday" is a song about how you should enjoy the crappy party for the fleeting moments it offers as a distraction to the fact that the world is going straight to hell.
* Mad World by Music/TearsForFears.
* Many Music/BruceSpringsteen songs, such as ''Youngstown'' or ''Music/BornInTheUSA'' deal with this theme.
** This trope is the overlying theme of his 1982 album ''Music/{{Nebraska}}''.
* The lyrics to Music/LinkinPark's ''Forgotten'' seem to describe this.
* "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "Epitaph" from ''Music/InTheCourtOfTheCrimsonKing'' by Music/KingCrimson.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Music/Mothy?from=Main.Mothy The Evillous Chronicles]], while occasionally normal, has [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AxCrazy quite]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AutoCannibalism a]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/GodSaveUsFromTheQueen lot]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SerialKiller of]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DemonicPossession these]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EldritchAbomination at]] [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HumansAreBastards times]].
* The opening lines of Music/ShaniaTwain’s “Up!” strongly hint at such a world.
* Music/{{Nightwish}}'s "Planet Hell" definitely describes one of these. The chorus even suggests that the only way to escape the suffering of the living world is to cross over to the world of the dead.
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