[pullquote quote=”Alan Jackson’s song stopped about 150 guys in their tracks. They heard it and just put down their pens.” credit=”Lon Helton, Syndicated Country Countdown USA host”]Alan Jackson had a number 1 hit song after the attacks on 9/11, though we’re pretty certain that wasn’t foremost on his mind as he struggled to write down the emotions and experiences from that fateful day, as he asks “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning?”) Many songwriters released their response to the horrific tragedy in one of the best ways they know how to reach the hearts of their fans, through their music. These are 20 of the top songs that were inspired by and written or recorded following the events of September 11, 2001.

[mp3com-artist]Alan Jackson[/mp3com-artist], “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)”

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Watch video of the artists inspired to write and record following 9/11: Lee Greenwood, Faith Hill, Brooks and Dunn, Randy Travis, LeAnn Rimes, Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson, Radney Foster, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels, Ray Stevens, Kenny Rogers, Toby Keith, Craig Morgan, Aaron Tippin, Blackhawk, Mark McGuinn, Phil Vassar, Cletus T. Judd and Various Artists led by Willie Nelson.

[mp3com-artist]Lee Greenwood[/mp3com-artist], “God Bless the USA”

We all know this beautiful song, that has somewhat become our anthem to live by.

[mp3com-artist]Faith Hill[/mp3com-artist], “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Faith Hill performed “The Star Spangled Banner” live after Sept. 11, 2001. This rendition tops all emotionally driven anthems, as you can hear the conviction in her voice.

[mp3com-artist]Brooks and Dunn[/mp3com-artist], “Only in America”

Although this song was recorded and released several months before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it gained the momentum of similar songs released after the attacks and was tracked on their 2001 album Steers & Stripes.

[mp3com-artist]LeAnn Rimes[/mp3com-artist], “God Bless America”

Along with other patriotic type songs including the “National Anthem” and “The Lord’s Prayer,” LeAnn recorded this for her 2001 release of God Bless America. LeAnn was at the impressionable age of 19 when the attacks of 9/11 occured.

[mp3com-artist]Randy Travis[/mp3com-artist], “America Will Always Stand”

The lyrics (below) say it all, as Randy sings his heart out for what he believes, and honors the heroes of 9/11.

She stands in the face of evil
And will not lose hope or faith
America, the land of freedom
Still the home of the brave

So raise the banner called Old Glory
Let us join our fellow man
History will write the story
America will always stand

Walking through the fires of danger
There are those who gave their lives
They’re the world’s greatest heroes
And we won’t forget their sacrifice

(Repeat chorus)

America is not divided
Our enemies they will be stopped
‘Cause, we the people are united
And still, one nation under God

(Repeat chorus)

History will write the story America will always stand


[mp3com-artist]Hank Williams Jr.[/mp3com-artist], “America Will Survive”

“Hank Williams Jr. is a strong supporter and advocate of the troops . . . performing for them wherever they are serving. And I hope every patriot has a chance to experience his live performance of his song, “America Will Survive”, as it exemplifies this true patriot’s love and pride of America!” ~David Bancroft, USA Patriotism! Founder


[mp3com-artist]Charlie Daniels[/mp3com-artist], “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag”

[pullquote quote=”I felt to give into this political correctness would be to turn my back on the people who lost their lives on 9-11 and on the brave men and women who defend this country. The title of the song is ‘This Ain’t No Rag It’s A Flag,’ and I don’t apologize for a word in it. I’ll let you all decide for yourselves. ” credit=”Charlie Daniels”]According to TruthorFiction.com and verified on snopes.com Charlie Daniels was scheduled to appear on the CMT Country Freedom Concert, a benefit for victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11. The organizers of the program, however, told Charlie that he could not perform one of his songs because they felt the lyrics might offend someone. Charlie decided to pull out of the show and released a public letter both explaining his reasons and showing the lyrics to the song titled “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag.” Read the letter here.

[mp3com-artist]Ray Stevens[/mp3com-artist], “Osama Yo-Mama”

Osama—Yo’ Mama: The Album was released in February 2002, with this title track depicting a more comedic approach and response to Osama Bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks.

[mp3com-artist]Kenny Rogers[/mp3com-artist], “Homeland”

Kenny sings praises of our “Homeland” in this 2002 release from the album There You Go Again.

Craig Morgan spent 10 years on active duty as a Fire Support Specialist in the United States Army, (101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions) before he started recording country music, so nobody knows better, how to sing about fighting for his country.

[mp3com-artist]Craig Morgan[/mp3com-artist], “God, Family and Country”

[mp3com-artist]Aaron Tippin[/mp3com-artist], “Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”

Aaron Tippin became immediately enraged by the sneak attacks of 9/11 and quickly remembered a song he’d recently penned, (his proudly defiant), “Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly.” He instantly booked studio time and rushed to Nashville and tracked this emotional anthem that reminds countless people as to what it means to be an American. ~aarontippon.com

“I pledge allegiance to this flag
And if that bothers you, well that’s too bad
But if you got pride and you’re proud you do
Hey, we could use some more like me and you
Where the stars and stripes and the eagle fly.”

[mp3com-artist]Blackhawk[/mp3com-artist], “Days of America”

From the album Spirit Dancer, “Days of America” was released shortly following the events of 9/11 and  is “testimony to the people who go about making up this place on earth we live.”  The song is also found on the 2004 release of various artists, Patriotic Country, an 18 track compilation of songs paying homage to America.

[mp3com-artist]Toby Keith[/mp3com-artist], “Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)”

[photogallerylink id=77339 align=left]Toby Keith wrote this song following the death of his father in March of 2001 (car accident) and inspired by the events on 9/11 , recorded the song several months later. Toby initially sang this only in concert, until the Commandant of the Marine Corps, James L. Jones told him “It’s your job as an entertainer to lift the morale of the troops, if you want to serve, that is what you can do.”  Toby seemingly has made it his mission in life to be the ‘keeper of the troops’ and tours each year with the USO to perform overseas for the troops. (Source: wikipedia)

[mp3com-artist]Mark McGuinn[/mp3com-artist], “More Beautiful Today”

Mark McGuinn recorded this song in 2002, and sings about the last airport closing after the planes were all grounded on 9/11.

“They closed down all the airports today
Watch the last plane land in San Jose
We couldn’t close our eyes we just staring to the sky
We couldn’t look away
There’s the flames burn through the night
All we can do is hold our hands up high
When the morning light broke through
That all red, white and blue still wave
America the beautiful, you’re more beautiful today.”


[mp3com-artist]Phil Vassar[/mp3com-artist], “American Child”

In this title track of his 2002 release American Child, Phil expresses pride and thanks in calling America his place of birth.

[mp3com-artist]Radney Foster[/mp3com-artist], “Everyday Angels”

Radney sings about  firefighter Dave who rushed into one of the World Trade Center towers “Trying to save people who are just like you and me.”

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[mp3com-artist]Cledus T. Judd[/mp3com-artist]’s “Don’t Mess With America”

Known as the [mp3com-artist]Weird Al[/mp3com-artist] Yankovic of Country Music, Cledus has parodied many popular country artists, including [mp3com-artist]Toby Keith[/mp3com-artist] (“How Do You Milk A Cow” and “I Love NASCAR,”)  [mp3com-artist]Deana Carter[/mp3com-artist] (“Did I Shave My Back For This”), [mp3com-artist]Kenny Chesney[/mp3com-artist] (“My Cellmate Thinks I’m Sexy,”)[mp3com-artist] Brooks and Dunn[/mp3com-artist] (“Garth Must Be Busy”) and many others. Here is his tongue-in-cheek parody of Brooks and Dunn‘s “Only In America.”

From her 9/11 inspired 2002 album Halos & Horns, Dolly touches on many emotions and asking for forgiveness and redemption with the lyrics and begs to God, “this old world has gone to pieces, can we fix it, is there time? Hate and violence just increases. We’re so selfish, cruel and blind. We fight and kill each other. In your name, defending you…”

[mp3com-artist]Dolly Parton[/mp3com-artist] “Hello God”

Clint Eastwood‘s speech and introduction of Various Artists, leading off with [mp3com-artist]Willie Nelson[/mp3com-artist], including [mp3com-artist]Reba McEntire[/mp3com-artist], Jack Nicholson and many more well known celebrity faces, needs no long intro. . . a Nation bands together.  Watch:

Sources: USA Today, wikipedia.com, various previously noted lyric sites.

Comments (4)
  1. Ryan says:

    What about Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten?” That song was huge!

    1. Sandy says:

      I agree with you Ryan. Not only was the song huge, Darryl Worley paid lyrical homage to the victims of 9/11’s horrors in NYC, DC, & PA.

  2. God Bless America!

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