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  • Auriane de Rudder

Pre-Apocalyptic Stages of Grief Playlist

Obviously, a lot has happened in our country over the past two weeks. I think many of us are grieving, and while this feels like a death of sorts, things are also so different from a typical loss. I have so much to say, and so much to share, and so much to do to try and help, but for now, I want to share with you my…


I hope it helps you #STAYWOKE Click on any song to be redirected to its home on YouTube.

  1. Mad World by Gary Jules (Loss)

  2. Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen (Loss)

  3. The Futile by Say Anything (Shock and Denial)

  4. Til' the World Ends by Britney Spears (Shock and Denial)

  5. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones (Protest)

  6. Did it on Em by Nicki Minaj (Protest)

  7. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix (Protest)

  8. Girl Anachronism by The Dresden Dolls (Disorganization and Depression)

  9. Changes by Tupac (Disorganization and Depression)

  10. Stand by Me by Ben E King (Reorganization and Acceptance)

  11. Dangerous by Big Data (Reorganization and Acceptance)

  12. Alright by Kendrick Lamar (Recovery)

  13. I Ain't Mad at Cha by Tupac (Recovery)

  14. Staring at the Sun by TV on the Radio (Deterioration)

  15. Save My Soul by JoJo (Deterioration)

  16. Animal by Ke$ha (Deterioration)


I configured this playlist by combining the traditional stages of grief, used to explain coping with the death of a loved one, with an interesting more political take I found on said stages online. The stages of grief I meshed together for mourning one’s country go like this:

  1. Loss

  2. Shock and Denial

  3. Protest (Bargaining)

  4. Disorganization (Depression)

  5. Reorganization (Acceptance)

Then we end with two options: Either Recovery or Deterioration. Recovery would mean survival.

Deterioration would mean nuclear fallout.

The playlist offers a song for either consequence.

Let’s hope the last song you hear in this world isn't by Ke$ha.

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