AOTY's favorite Album closers

For my first community list, I asked AOTY users about what their favorite album closer ever was and what it meant to them.

If I missed you or put the wrong album in, please correct me!

Here are the responses:

(If you submitted more than one response, I picked only one of them cause Iā€™m lazy)

Porter Robinson - Worlds
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MY PICK
Porter Robinson’s goodbye to a world is the song that introduced me to the album. So this is basically my favorite song of all time. Porter is one of the best composers in EDM right now, if not the best, and Goodbye to a world encapsulates that more than anything else he’s ever done.
Ending with what I imagine to be the last piece of AI on the planet, dying, leaving no life or artificial life left on the planet, is weirdly, sadly, beautiful. You truely are saying goodbye to that world you were briefly living in while you listened to Worlds.
To me, something is truely gone when no one will remember it anymore. Goodbye to a world is an ode to the historic people, places, and pieces of art that not a single person remembers.
Porter said an inspiration for the song was How many online games he played as a teenager that he eventually could no longer play, as the servers eventually go down. Just like that, the whole world, and the people who made friendships and meaningful experiences, they are all gone.
It’s already a sad song on its own, but with the context of porter wanting Worlds to be an album to transport you to another world, based on your own nostalgia and imagination, it makes the sudden and heartbreaking ending to that world, your world, that much more impactful.


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@SMTcubes ‘s pick

porter robinson - worlds (goodbye to a world). the album is about transporting you to different worlds, and the album’s closer is a perfect way to end your journey. the song combines emotional vocaloid lines with amazing, well-produced edm beats to create one of porter’s best works ever.

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@August ‘s pick

Porter Robinson - Worlds [Goodbye to a World]
it feels like I'm on the roof trying to kill myself and eating my mom's last packed lunch.

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@Freddysam 's pick
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@CGMY 's pick
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
@BGL13 's pick
"it wraps up the story of the album very well and has a lot of personal attachment to me"
David Bowie - Low
@MrMercury7 's pick

" It's a little hard to explain but I have such an emotional connection to that song. It's just a beautiful track that perfectly closes out with the drony atmosphere that the rest of Low had. And it also has Bowies shortest, but best, performance on the entire album."
System of a Down - Toxicity
@GayCunt69 's pick
"because Armenian funeral music is cool

If you don't like Armenian funeral music go fuck yourself"
Sasha - Wavy Gravy
@AndrewK 's pick
"a track so emotionally potent and soothing in ways I did not knew possible. It perfectly encapsulates the 90s euphoric trance aesthetic, minus the throbbing beats."
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
@Chode 's pick
Most of the song is so lowkey compared to the other songs on the album, the sentiment is the perfect way to tie up the album, and the payoff is insane as it is with most LCD Soundsystem songs. The piano is also beautiful and it's a bit of a tearjerker of a song.
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
@concretecastle ‘s pick

“Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind - Sufjan Stevens is just such a beautiful song, even if its instrumental. It sounds optimistic to me, and a high note while you close off the album“
Nirvana - In Utero
@ Fhhgvnjscvbbg ‘s pick

The song is definitely Kurt Cobain’s most introspective and is depressing to listen to given what happened to Kurt shortly after the album’s release. I also love the lyrics.
Poppy - I Disagree
@KT ‘s pick

Even though it's been months since I've listened to that track in full, it's a banger of a closer, especially the last few moments of the song where she interpolates the lyrics from previous songs on the album and coincides them in this crescendo finale, an amazing closing track. I love it when artist's mention previous callbacks on their lyrics or melodies from past songs, I wonder why they don't do it more often. šŸ¤”
FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
@Nico ‘s pick

In the song she just sounds so broken, it's delivered with so much vulnerability, overall it's insanely breathtaking.
Fishmans - 98.12.28 ē”·é”ć®åˆ„悌 (98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare)
@eliiscool5 ‘s pick

Considering this was the last performance of lead singer Shinji Sato, this last song of the performance, which is by far their most acclaimed, considering that this is one of the best live albums of all time, with the ending track being this 40-minute venture into the celestial and sublime environment, considering this song's lyric is "We are half in a dream", while Shinji Sato, unfortunately, passed away shortly after at a young age, considering this album had a massive resurgence of popularity in recent years, all of this culminates into a thought of mine, about life and death. Death is not the end of life, as Shinji Sato's legacy lives on.

Plus the song bangs
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
@Parthonyjobtano ‘s pick

2. ode to the mets
feels a lot like the end of
the summery times
NAV - Bad Habits
@Tombejoy ‘s pick

“Because he is white”
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
88
@jessiehehe ‘s pick

nothing hits as hard as anthony's emotional vocals and large buildups. "outro" by m83 truly encapsulates the perfect ending to an album.
Ariel Pink - pom pom
@kevtho ‘s pick

It's endearing and freeing.
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
@CodyJohnson ‘s pick

The song in question is called “Frou-Frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires,” it’s a perfect closing song on an album whose main theme is about life but ends on a song about death. Lead vocalist Elizabeth Fraser sings like she’s singing to you as if you’re ascending up to heaven. Transcendent to say the least, even if I don’t know what the fuck she’s saying lol
Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
@rater ‘s pick

it's an instrumental track but at the same time says so much, also sounds exactly like the album cover looks like in a way. ty for asking me!
Madvillain - Madvillainy
@scre4meh ‘s pick

perfectly showcasing the lyrical prowess and overall experimentation done on it.
Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost
@fucktobymaguire ‘s pick

It's the only song that's ever brought me to tears even thinking about it, and for good reason. It's a very real and tangible look into mental health, especially in the verses. But during the chorus and the end of the song it leaves the album and the song with a motivational outlook that I think is perfectly encapsulated within this line: "Even though you can't see it now, we're proud of what's to come".
It's simply beautiful.
Paramore - Paramore
@MikeOwen 's pick

The album is so large, sprawling and uncontained yet every single song is memorable one way or another, even the interludes. And the closer nonetheless surpassed all the preceding tracks, and it's not only the best song on the album but maybe the best thing the band ever put out. It's rather unassuming at first with its minimal, demo-like recording, before these massive, crashing drums and noisy, wailing guitars fade in, taking over the entire track. The tempo is also pretty slow, giving this particular section a particularly enveloping and wide feel through all of the bombast. It feels really climactic but also somewhat melancholic, which ties in nicely with the track's overall theme turning towards future away from a feeling of emptiness. It just feels imperfectly perfect (I have no idea why it just fades in and out in the 5th minute but it just works for some reason), which is my favourite kind of perfect. Thanks for asking!
Radiohead - Kid A
@EnigmaticSnob 's pick

A depressingly beautiful and melancholic ending to an album of surreal and existential dreads and thoughts, a human ending to an album of artificial sounds. Thank you for asking, sorry for replying a day late and good luck with the list!
Charli XCX - Pop 2
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@marvelgaryen 's pick\

"I love how chaotic and poppy it is, it resumes Pop 2 all in one, and I think it's amazing."
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
@ihaveBadTaste 's pick

"something about this cover being the closer to an album as dark as Murder Ballads feels special to me."
Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
92
@kkbui ‘s pick
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
@LuckLoose 's pick

"I know this is a weird one to put as a closer but I really love the song "compliments" from bloc party's silent alarm album, I feel it brings an anxiousness I can't explain and just perfectly wraps this whole album to perfection, one of my favourite closing album songs for sure."
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
@Basic_Garci 's pick

It’s the perfect finale to the masterpiece and pretty much sums everything that was in the album up.
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
@Jcol 's pick

"1 word: TIMPANI. "
Machine Gun Kelly - Tickets To My Downfall
@Maygirl 's pick

" i interpreted the ending track as like a suicide message to an ex partner after a whole album that tells a story of a terrible breakup that drives him completely insane and everything. it was just really beautiful and inspiring to me how the story was told like that. it was just a pretty beautiful crescendo to that project. "
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
@yottifferent 's pick

"The end still blows my fucking mind to this day and it’s one of the best songs on Merriweather Post Pavillion"
CHVRCHES - Love is Dead
@NationalsPridehat 's pick
"It's probably the theme of escapism that does it, but it's hard to explain."
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1mo
Borealis from Good Faith is a missing. It was great.
1mo
Goodbye to a world, Oh yeah!
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