Sometimes the apocalypse is mainstream. Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop the Cavalry’ is probably the best known song in this list, expressing fears of nuclear destruction and unending warfare. ‘Mary gladly waits at home/In the nuclear fallout zone’ our hero sings, expressing the Cold War fear of the Bomb, whilst tying the fear of that specific time to a wearyingly timeless one: ‘I have had to fight/Almost every night/Down throughout the centuries’.
Sometimes the doom that looms is not disease or zombies or natural disaster, it’s just humans, doing what humans do. And that’s as true at Christmas time as at any other.