List of songs about the September 11 attacks

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This list contains songs which were inspired by or contain lyrics referring to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Artist/composerTitleAlbumYearDescription
50 Cent"Patiently Waiting"Get Rich or Die Tryin'2003Lyrics include: "Sit and politic with passengers from 9/11." and "Shady Records was eighty seconds away from the towers."[1]
Adams, RyanRyan Adams"My Blue Manhattan"Love Is Hell2004[2]
Allen, LilyLily Allen"Him"It's Not Me, It's You2009Lyrics include "Ever since we can remember, people have died in his good name, long before that September, long before hijacking planes." The lyrics acknowledge the deaths of many in the name of god during 9/11 due to the terrorist attacks by religious extremists.
Amos, ToriTori Amos"I Can't See New York""Scarlet's Walk"2002The song describes the experience of an airplane passenger on September 11, 2001, circling over New York City and unable to see the World Trade Center.[3]
Amps for Christ"AFC Tower Song"
And One"Seven"Tanzomat2011Lyrics include: "Grey smoke hit the ground; Seven came down without a sound; Rich man company; WTC mystery" (a reference to the September 11 attacks and the mystery third white plane which has caused some speculation)
Anti-Flag"911 for peace"Mobilize2001
Automatic Loveletter"Dream With Me"
Autopilot Off"The 12th Day"Make a Sound
Autumn, EmilieEmilie Autumn"By The Sword"n/a (single)2001Released as a charity single.[4][5]
Beastie Boys"An Open Letter to NYC"To the 5 Boroughs[2]
Beyoncé"I Was Here"42011[6]
Black 47"Mychal"
Bloc Party"Hunting for Witches"A Weekend in the City[7]
Blue Man Group"Exhibit 13"The Complex2003
Bon Jovi"Undivided"Bounce
Bon Jovi, JonJon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora"America The Beautiful"
Box Car Racer"Elevator"Box Car Racer
Box Car Racer"Watch The World"Box Car Racer
Camel"For Today"A Nod and a Wink2002
Carpenter, Mary ChapinMary Chapin Carpenter"Grand Central Station"Between Here and Gone2003
Charlie Daniels BandThe Charlie Daniels Band"This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag"Live! (bonus track)2001
Cher"Song For The Lonely"Living Proof2001
ClarksThe Clarks"Hey You""Another Happy Ending"2002
Cohen, LeonardLeonard Cohen"On That Day"Dear Heather2006[8]
CranberriesThe Cranberries"New New York"Stars: The Best of 1992–20022002[9]
Crow, SherylSheryl Crow"God Bless this Mess"Detours2008Linked 9-11 with the Gulf War.[8]
Crow, SherylSheryl Crow"Out of Our Heads"Detours2008About the courage shown on 9-11; also criticizes Bush as giving a manipulative television address on that day.[10]
Crow, SherylSheryl Crow"Safe and Sound"C'mon, C'mon2001
Curse"Nichts Wird Mehr So Sein Wie Es War"n/a, released as a free download2001
dc Talk"Let's Roll"
Diddley, BoBo Diddley"We Ain't Scared of You" (a.k.a. "My Eagle Is Pissed")
DiFranco, AniAni DiFranco"Self Evident"
Disturbed"Prayer"Believe2002[11]
DJ Sammy"Heaven" (9/11 Remix)
Dream Theater"Sacrificed Sons"Octavarium2005Starts with a Sample from 9/11 (Radio & Television)
Eagles"Hole in the World"The Very Best Of2003
Eder, LindaLinda Eder"If I Had My Way" & "If I Should Loose My Way"
Eminem"My Dad's Gone Crazy"The Eminem Show2002Lyrics include: "Inside of a plane, aimed at the World Trade."[12]
Empire Shall FallThe Empire Shall Fall"Choir of Angels"Awaken
Epica"Façade of Reality"The Phantom Agony
Etheridge, MelissaMelissa Etheridge"Tuesday Morning"Lucky
Evanescence"My Last Breath"Fallen
Everclear"The New York Times"Slow Motion Daydream
Fiasco, LupeLupe Fiasco"Words I Never Said"Lasers2011
Five for Fighting"Tuesday"2009Five for Fighting's "Superman," released in late 2000, also became an unofficial anthem for the first responders in the days following the attacks[13]
Fleetwood Mac"Illume (9-11)"Say You Will2003
Francey, DavidDavid Francey"Grim Cathedral"Skating Rink2003
Francis, SageSage Francis"Makeshift Patriot"n/a (single)2001A "knee-jerk reaction" to a visit to Ground Zero five days after 9/11[9]
Goldfinger feat. Mest & Good Charlotte"The Innocent"The Best of Goldfinger2005
Gorillaz feat. D12 & Terry Hall"911"Bad Company (soundtrack)[2]
Grant, AmyAmy Grant"I Don't Know Why"Simple Things
Hammill, PeterPeter Hammill"Ghosts of planes"Thin Air
Hardy, JackJack Hardy"Ground Zero"Vigil2002Released on a benefit album organized by Suzanne Vega, entirely of original songs about 9/11.[14]
Hatfield, JulianaJuliana Hatfield"Hole In The Sky"About the gap in the Manhattan skyline left by the destruction of the Twin Towers.[9]
Hiatt, JohnJohn Hiatt"When New York Had Her Heart Broke"Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
Iced Earth"When The Eagle Cries"The Glorious Burden2004
Imagine Dragons"America"Night Visions2011Lyrics include "From farmers in the fields, to the tallest of the towers that fall and rise, 1-7-7-6, the names upon the list, for all the ones that gave until they died." [15]
Immortal Technique"Bin Laden"n/a (single)2005Attributes much of the blame for 9/11 to U.S. foreign policy.[8]
Immortal Technique"The Cause of Death"Revolutionary Vol. 22009
Jackson, AlanAlan Jackson"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"Drive2002[16]
Jackson, KristyKristy Jackson"Little Did She Know (She'd Kissed a Hero)"n/a Single2001Written in response to the 9/11 Tragedy. The song makes reference to a passenger on Flight 93.[17] Responses to the song were later turned into a book.[18]
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson"What More Can I Give"n/a (never released)2001Performed at an October 2001 benefit concert. Originally intended as a benefit single, but it was never released commercially.[14]
Jackyl"Open Invitation (I Hate You Bin Laden)"[19]
James"Hey Ma"Hey Ma2008Addresses the price paid for revenge[9]
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys"Empire State of Mind"The Blueprint 32009
Kaplansky, LucyLucy Kaplansky"Land of the Living"The Red Thread2004
Keith, TobyToby Keith"Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)"Unleashed[20]
Killswitch Engage"Life to Lifeless"Alive or Just Breathing
Living Colour"Flying"Collideøscope2003From the perspective of a man who gets the nerve to ask out a woman in the World Trade Center moments before the first plane hits, and the couple then jump from the burning building to their deaths.[21]
Knopfler, MarkMark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris"If This Is Goodbye"All the Roadrunning2006Inspired by Ian McEwan's piece in The Guardian.[22]
Kweli, TalibTalib Kweli"The Proud"Quality2002A 9-11-oriented tribute.[10]
LaBrie, JamesJames LaBrie"Smashed"Elements of Persuasion2005
Lavin, ChristineChristine Lavin"Firehouse"Vigil2002Released on a benefit album organized by Suzanne Vega, entirely of original songs about 9/11.[14]
Low AnthemThe Low Anthem"Boeing 737"Smart Flesh2011
MacDonald, RodRod MacDonald"My Neighbors In Delray"Recognition2003A portrait of the hijackers, 13 of whom lived in Delray Beach, FL just prior to September 11, 2001.
Mayer, JohnJohn Mayer"Covered in Rain"As/Is2003
McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney"Freedom"Driving Rain2001[23]
McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan"World on Fire"Afterglow2003[24]
MellowHype"Decoy""Mellowhypeweek"2013
Misia feat. Erykah Badu"Akai Inochi" (Red Destiny)Mars & Roses2004An anti-war song which speaks about how the events of 9/11 turned the "seemingly distant existence of war into the reality of now".[25]
Ministry"Lieslieslies"Rio Grande Blood2006[9]
Moby"Harbour"182002[2]
My Chemical Romance"Skylines and Turnstiles"I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love2002
Newcomer, CarrieCarrie Newcomer"I Heard an Owl"The Gathering of Spirits2002
No Use for a Name"Insecurity Alert"
Pablo, PeteyPetey Pablo"Raise Up (USA Flag Remix)"
Paris"What Would You Do?"Sonic Jihad2003About 9-11 conspiracy theories.[8]
Paxton, TomTom Paxton"The Bravest"Looking for the Moon
Renaud and Axelle Red"Manhattan-Kaboul"Boucan d'enfer (Renauld)2002"Deals with the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York"[26]
Reich, SteveSteve Reich"WTC 9/11"WTC 9/112009-2010
Rush"Peaceable Kingdom"Vapor Trails2002
Scarling."Alexander The Burn Victim"Sweet Heart Dealer2004
Slayer"Jihad"Christ Illusion2006[10]
Sleater-Kinney"Far Away"One Beat2002The song contrast's President George W. Bush's actions on September 11, when he was flown away to a secure location, with those of the emergency responders at the World Trade Center.[3]
Smith, Michael W.Michael W. Smith"There She Stands"Worship Again2002[27]
Smith, WillWill Smith feat. Mary J. Blige"Tell Me Why"2005[10]
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"Countin' on a Miracle"The Rising2002
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"Empty Sky"The Rising2002Told from the point of view of a person longing for one last moment with their spouse who was killed in the attacks.
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"Into the Fire"The Rising2002Told from the point of view of a spouse of a firefighter.
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"Lonesome Day"The Rising2002
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"Mary's Place"The Rising2002Told from the point of view of a widow who lost their spouse in the attacks. A friend has invited this person to a party at "Mary's Place" to help with moving on.
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"Paradise"The Rising2002
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"The Fuse"The Rising2002A smoldering blend of lust and loss, having sex as a means to feel anything after tragedy.
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"The Rising"The Rising2002"A religious-tinged reflection on the events of the day that focuses on a firefighter at Ground Zero."[2][28]
Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen"You're Missing"The RisingAbout how a family must continue to function after the Father is killed in the attacks.
SR-71"Truth"Tomorrow2002
Star Fucking Hipsters"9/11 Was (An Inside Joke)"Until We're Dead2008
StillsThe Stills"Let's Roll"Logic Will Break Your Heart2003
Strummer, JoeJoe Strummer and the Mescaleros"Ramshackle Day Parade"Streetcore2003
Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift"Didn't They?"
Sworn Enemy"Sworn Enemy"
Tactical Sekt"American Me"Syncope2006
Tesla"Heaven Nine Eleven"Into the Now
Testament"The Evil Has Landed"The Formation of Damnation2008
Thrice"Broken Lungs"The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV2008
Thriving Ivory"Angels on the Moon"Thriving Ivory
Twista feat. Faith Evans"Hope"Kamikaze2004"Wish God never gave the men power/

To be able to hurt the people inside the Twin Towers" [29]

Vanderslice, JohnJohn Vanderslice"Exodus Damage"Pixel Revolt2005[9]
Vega, SuzanneSuzanne Vega"Anniversary"2007
Velvet Revolver"Messages"Libertad (iTunes release)2007
Walker, ScottScott Walker"Jesse"The Drift2006
WeepiesThe Weepies"Safe as Houses"
Wheatus"Hometown"TooSoonMonsoon2005
Within Temptation"Stand My Ground"The Silent Force and also as additional tracks on some releases of the The Heart of Everything2004
Worley, DarrylDarryl Worley"Have You Forgotten?"Have You Forgotten?2003The song is about the horror of the attacks, with lyrics including "Have you forgotten when those towers fell? / We had neighbors still inside going through a living hell."[3]
Wu-Tang Clan"Rules"Iron Flag2001[9]
Yellowcard"Believe"Ocean Avenue2003The song is about rescue workers, and integrates news reports.[10]
Young, NeilNeil Young"Let's Roll"Are You Passionate?2001 - 2002 (album dates)

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References[edit]

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