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After the terrorist attacks 10 years ago on September 11, the country and world came together to grieve, comfort and find hope. After the collapse of the Twin Towers, artists turned to music to express the array of emotions provoked by the attacks. Artists from all genres — from Bruce Springsteen to Aaron Tippin to The Black Eyed Peas — tackled the event in song. Below are several of the songs written about the attacks and in honor of the victims.



Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Rising’ was written after the September 11 terrorist attacks and was released in 2002. It won the Grammy for Best Rock Song and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance and was nominated for Song of the Year. Rolling Stone named it the 35th best song of the decade.




My Blue Manhattan

Ryan Adams



Ryan Adams filmed a video in front of the World Trade Center four days before the September 11 attacks. Adams wrote ‘My Blue Manhattan’ following the attacks. The song features the moving lyrics:

My blue Manhattan

She cusses with her sailor’s mouth and fire and rain on the streets

It’s you against me most days

It’s me against you

Making snow angels in the gravel and the dirt

Crawling like a spider, and I’m somewhere inside her

Too hurt to move, too hurt to move

My blue Manhattan




Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly

Aaron Tippin


‘Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly,’ recorded by Aaron Tippin was released in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. All proceeds from the single went to the American Red Cross and its relief efforts for the families of the attacks.





Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)


Alan Jackson’s ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)’ was written in the wake of the September 11 attacks and was premiered at the Country Music Association’s annual awards show on November 7, 2001. It spent five weeks at the No. 1 spot of Billboard’s Top Country Singles Chart. The song features the moving lyrics:

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?

Were you teaching a class full of innocent children

Or driving down some cold interstate?

Did you feel guilty ’cause you’re a survivor

In a crowded room did you feel alone?

Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?

Did you dust off that Bible at home?




Grand Central Station

Mary Chapin Carpenter


Mary Chapin Carpenter says she was inspired to write ‘Grand Central Station’ after hearing an interview on the first anniversary of the attacks with a man who was one of the first at the scene after the Twin Towers fell. The man, an iron worker, worked at Ground Zero for days after and said he would go to Grand Central Station at the end of each day so that the souls of the victims could follow him.







Bon Jovi’s ‘Undivided’ was released in 2002 and speaks of the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. The song was released on the album ‘Bounce,’ which was heavily influenced by the events of September 11. In an interview, Bon Jovi said “I didn’t want it to be overly sentimental, overly patriotic, but certainly acknowledging what myself, the band and the country have been through.”




Let’s Roll


Neil Young’s ‘Let’s Roll’ was written after Young read that Todd Beamer, one of the passengers who fought the hijackers of Flight 93, called an Airfone operator and said they were going to rush the terrorists. Before hanging up, the operator heard Beamer tell the other passengers, “Let’s roll.”







Disturbed released the song ‘Prayer’ in August 2002. Vocalist David Draiman said the song is his conversation with God about both the September 11 attacks and the death of his grandfather.





Where is the Love?


The Black Eyed Peas released ‘Where is the Love?’ as a vague response to the September 11 attacks. “The world needs this song right now,” said of the band’s breakout hit.









While Wheatus’ ‘Hometown’ many not have topped the charts, but it features some chilling lyrics:

I trade all my sunshine, For twin towers to hide behind

And find you there

When I left on that sunday, To come home on a Tuesday

Well I never, I never thought I’d have to see and watch the world explode.



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