10 Years Later: Songs About 9/11 [VIDEOS]
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 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
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
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.”
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.