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 attacks.
|50 Cent||"Patiently Waiting"||Get Rich or Die Tryin'||2003||Lyrics include: "Sit and politic with passengers from 9/11." and "Shady Records was eighty seconds away from the towers."|
|Adams, RyanRyan Adams||"My Blue Manhattan"||Love Is Hell||2004|||
|Allen, LilyLily Allen||"Him"||It's Not Me, It's You||2009||Lyrics 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||2002||The 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.|
|Amps for Christ||"AFC Tower Song"|
|And One||"Seven"||Tanzomat||2011||Lyrics 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"||Mobilize||2001|
|Automatic Loveletter||"Dream With Me"|
|Autopilot Off||"The 12th Day"||Make a Sound|
|Autumn, EmilieEmilie Autumn||"By The Sword"||n/a (single)||2001||Released as a charity single.|
|Bhardwaj, RekhaRekha Bhardwaj||"Ranaji"||Gulaal (movie)||2009||Gulaal Soundtrack album by Piyush Mishra|
|Beastie Boys||"An Open Letter to NYC"||To the 5 Boroughs|||
|Beyoncé||"I Was Here"||4||2011|||
|TheBibleCodeSundays||"The Boys of Queens"||Song about a soldier who is a member of an Irish family from Queens. His family has a long firefighter tradition and lost most of its male members to 9/11. Furthermore, it deals with him suffering from the events and the aftermath and his own death in the Middle East.|
|Jo Ann Biviano||"I'll Always Remember"||2010|
|Bloc Party||"Hunting for Witches"||A Weekend in the City|||
|Blue Man Group||"Exhibit 13"||The Complex||2003|
|Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora||"America The Beautiful"|
|Box Car Racer||"Elevator"||Box Car Racer|
|Box Car Racer||"Watch The World"||Box Car Racer|
|BoySetsFire||"Release The Dogs"||Tomorrow Come Today||2003|
|Bryden, NellNell Bryden||"Sirens"||Shake The Tree (album)||2012||This song was written by New York singer Nell Bryden and Patrick Mascall and was later covered by Cher on her Closer to the Truth album|
|Brice, ColieColie Brice||"Wash It Away from Me""||Blues 2.0 (album)||2006|
|Camel||"For Today"||A Nod and a Wink||2002|
|Carpenter, Mary ChapinMary Chapin Carpenter||"Grand Central Station"||Between Here and Gone||2003|
|The Charlie Daniels Band||"This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag"||Live! (bonus track)||2001|
|The Charlie Daniels Band||"The Last Fallen Hero"||Redneck Fiddlin' Man||2002|
|Chenoweth, KristinKristin Chenoweth||Borrowed Angels||As I Am||2005|
|Cher||"Song for the Lonely"||Living Proof||2001|
|The Clarks||"Hey You"||"Another Happy Ending"||2002|
|Cohen, LeonardLeonard Cohen||"On That Day"||Dear Heather||2004|||
|Coldplay||"Politik"||A Rush of Blood to the Head||2002||Written the day of the attacks. Chris Martin told NME that it reflects his realization of mortality after 9/11.|
|The Cranberries||"New New York"||Stars: The Best of 1992–2002||2002|||
|Crow, SherylSheryl Crow||"God Bless this Mess"||Detours||2008||Linked 9-11 with the Gulf War.|
|Crow, SherylSheryl Crow||"Out of Our Heads"||Detours||2008||About the courage shown on 9-11; also criticizes Bush as giving a manipulative television address on that day.|
|Crow, SherylSheryl Crow||"Safe and Sound"||C'mon, C'mon||2001|
|Curse||"Nichts Wird Mehr So Sein Wie Es War"||n/a, released as a free download||2001|
|dc Talk||"Let's Roll"|
|Diddley, BoBo Diddley||"We Ain't Scared of You" (a.k.a. "My Eagle Is Pissed")|
|Robert DeMartino||"The Most Beautiful White Doves"||2002|
|DiFranco, AniAni DiFranco||"Self Evident"|
|DJ Sammy||"Heaven" (9/11 Remix)|
|Dream Theater||"Sacrificed Sons"||Octavarium||2005||Starts with a Sample from 9/11 (Radio & Television)|
|The Dresden Dolls||"Truce"||The Dresden Dolls||2003|
|Eagles||"Hole in the World"||The Very Best Of||2003|
|Eder, LindaLinda Eder||"If I Had My Way" & "If I Should Loose My Way"|
|Eminem||"My Dad's Gone Crazy"||The Eminem Show||2002||Lyrics include: "Inside of a plane, aimed at the World Trade."|
|The 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"||Lasers||2011|
|Five for Fighting||"Tuesday"||2009||Five for Fighting's "Superman," released in late 2000, also became an unofficial anthem for the first responders in the days following the attacks|
|Fleetwood Mac||"Illume (9-11)"||Say You Will||2003|
|Francey, DavidDavid Francey||"Grim Cathedral"||Skating Rink||2003|
|Francis, SageSage Francis||"Makeshift Patriot"||n/a (single)||2001||A "knee-jerk reaction" to a visit to Ground Zero five days after 9/11|
|Goldfinger feat. Mest & Good Charlotte||"The Innocent"||The Best of Goldfinger||2005|
|Gorillaz feat. D12 & Terry Hall||"911"||Bad Company (soundtrack)|||
|Grant, AmyAmy Grant||"I Don't Know Why"||Simple Things|
|Hammill, PeterPeter Hammill||"Ghosts of planes"||Thin Air|
|Hardy, JackJack Hardy||"Ground Zero"||Vigil||2002||Released on a benefit album organized by Suzanne Vega, entirely of original songs about 9/11.|
|Hatfield, JulianaJuliana Hatfield||"Hole in the Sky"||About the gap in the Manhattan skyline left by the destruction of the Twin Towers.|
|Hiatt, JohnJohn Hiatt||"When New York Had Her Heart Broke"||Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns|
|Iced Earth||"When the Eagle Cries"||The Glorious Burden||2004|
|Imagine Dragons||"America"||Night Visions||2011||Lyrics 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." |
|Immortal Technique||"Bin Laden"||n/a (single)||2005||Attributes much of the blame for 9/11 to U.S. foreign policy.|
|Immortal Technique||"The Cause of Death"||Revolutionary Vol. 2||2009|
|Jackson, AlanAlan Jackson||"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)"||Drive||2002|||
|Jackson, KristyKristy Jackson||"Little Did She Know (She'd Kissed a Hero)"||n/a Single||2001||Written in response to the 9/11 Tragedy. The song makes reference to a passenger on Flight 93. Responses to the song were later turned into a book.|
|Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson||"What More Can I Give"||n/a (never released)||2001||Performed at an October 2001 benefit concert. Originally intended as a benefit single, but it was never released commercially.|
|Jackyl||"Open Invitation (I Hate You Bin Laden)"|||
|Jadakiss||"Why"||Kiss of Death||2004||Lyrics include "Why did Bush knock down the Towers?"|
|James||"Hey Ma"||Hey Ma||2008||Addresses the price paid for revenge|
|Jay-Z and Alicia Keys||"Empire State of Mind"||The Blueprint 3||2009||The song is largely about New York City in general, but includes the line "Long live the World Trade."|
|Kaplansky, LucyLucy Kaplansky||"Land of the Living"||The Red Thread||2004|
|Keith, TobyToby Keith||"Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)"||Unleashed||2001||Toby Keith wrote this song in response to his father's death and the 9/11 attacks in 2001. At first, he was reluctant to record the song and decided to only play it live for military personnel. Later however, Corps James L. Jones convinced him to record it saying that it was his, "duty as an American citizen to record the song." |
|Keith, TobyToby Keith||"My list"||Pull My Chain||2002||Tells about a firefighter who decides to spend more time with his family after witnessing the 9/11 attacks on TV.|
|Killswitch Engage||"Life to Lifeless"||Alive or Just Breathing|
|Living Colour||"Flying"||Collideøscope||2003||From 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.|
|Knopfler, MarkMark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris||"If This Is Goodbye"||All the Roadrunning||2006||Inspired by Ian McEwan's piece in The Guardian.|
|Kweli, TalibTalib Kweli||"The Proud"||Quality||2002||A 9-11-oriented tribute.|
|LaBrie, JamesJames LaBrie||"Smashed"||Elements of Persuasion||2005|
|Lavin, ChristineChristine Lavin||"Firehouse"||Vigil||2002||Released on a benefit album organized by Suzanne Vega, entirely of original songs about 9/11.|
|Lonestar||"I'm Already There"||I'm Already There||2001|
|The Low Anthem||"Boeing 737"||Smart Flesh||2011|
|MacDonald, RodRod MacDonald||"My Neighbors In Delray"||Recognition||2003||A 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/Is||2003|
|McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney||"Freedom"||Driving Rain||2001|||
|McDonald, AudraAudra McDonald||"I'll Be Here"||Go Back Home (album)||2003||From the musical "Ordinary Days"|
|McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan||"World on Fire"||Afterglow||2003|||
|Megaherz||"Glas Und Tränen"||Herzwerk II||2002||Literally "Glass And Tears" (and originally titled "Blut Und Tränen", "Blood And Tears"), contains an account of the violent atmosphere during and ideologies behind the attacks.|
|Megaherz||"I.M. Rumpelstilzchen"||Herzwerk II||2002||From the point of view of a double agent employed by a tyrannical government; about the paranoid global political climate after the attacks.|
|Misia feat. Erykah Badu||"Akai Inochi" (Red Destiny)||Mars & Roses||2004||An anti-war song which speaks about how the events of 9/11 turned the "seemingly distant existence of war into the reality of now".|
|Ministry||"Lieslieslies"||Rio Grande Blood||2006|||
|My Chemical Romance||"Skylines and Turnstiles"||I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love||2002||Gerard Way wrote this song after witnessing the 9/11 attacks while on his way going to work. He formed the band, My Chemical Romance after witnessing the Twin Towers' fall and this marks as the first ever song written by the band.|
|Carrie Newcomer||"I Heard an Owl"||The Gathering of Spirits||2002||Written in response to the 9/11 attacks. Chorus starts "so don't tell me hate is ever right or god's will"|
|No Use for a Name||"Insecurity Alert"|
|Pablo, PeteyPetey Pablo||"Raise Up (USA Flag Remix)"|
|Paris||"What Would You Do?"||Sonic Jihad||2003||About 9-11 conspiracy theories.|
|Paxton, TomTom Paxton||"The Bravest"||Looking for the Moon|
|Powers, JeffJeff Powers||"Tall Buildings (9/11)"||"JeffPowers"|
|Renaud and Axelle Red||"Manhattan-Kaboul"||Boucan d'enfer (Renauld)||2002||"Deals with the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York"|
|Reich, SteveSteve Reich||"WTC 9/11"||WTC 9/11||2009-2010|
|Rush||"Peaceable Kingdom"||Vapor Trails||2002|
|Scarling.||"Alexander The Burn Victim"||Sweet Heart Dealer||2004|
|S.E.X.||"Before September"||Originally from the EP Before September and later on the 2015 album Stop The Wars||2012||Contrasts life before the attacks and a hope for a better future.|
|Sleater-Kinney||"Far Away"||One Beat||2002||The 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.|
|Smith, Michael W.Michael W. Smith||"There She Stands"||Worship Again||2002|||
|Smith, WillWill Smith feat. Mary J. Blige||"Tell Me Why"||2005|||
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"Countin' on a Miracle"||The Rising||2002|
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"Empty Sky"||The Rising||2002||Told 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 Rising||2002||Told from the point of view of a spouse of a firefighter.|
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"Lonesome Day"||The Rising||2002|
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"Mary's Place"||The Rising||2002||Told 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 Rising||2002|
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"The Fuse"||The Rising||2002||A smoldering blend of lust and loss, having sex as a means to feel anything after tragedy.|
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"The Rising"||The Rising||2002||"A religious-tinged reflection on the events of the day that focuses on a firefighter at Ground Zero."|
|Springsteen, BruceBruce Springsteen||"You're Missing"||The Rising||About how a family must continue to function after the Father is killed in the attacks.|
|Star Fucking Hipsters||"9/11 Was (An Inside Joke)"||Until We're Dead||2008|
|The Stills||"Let's Roll"||Logic Will Break Your Heart||2003|
|Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros||"Ramshackle Day Parade"||Streetcore||2003|
|Swift, TaylorTaylor Swift||"Didn't They?"|
|Sworn Enemy||"Sworn Enemy"|
|Tactical Sekt||"American Me"||Syncope||2006|
|Tesla||"Heaven Nine Eleven"||Into the Now|
|Testament||"The Evil Has Landed"||The Formation of Damnation||2008|
|Thrice||"Broken Lungs"||The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV||2008|
|Thriving Ivory||"Angels on the Moon"||Thriving Ivory|
|Twista feat. Faith Evans||"Hope"||Kamikaze||2004||"Wish God never gave the men power/
To be able to hurt the people inside the Twin Towers" 
|Vanderslice, JohnJohn Vanderslice||"Exodus Damage"||Pixel Revolt||2005||The second verse describes the narrator watching the second plane hitting the World Trade Center on television, as well as the lack of immediate military response to the attacks.|
|Vega, SuzanneSuzanne Vega||"Anniversary"||2007|
|Velvet Revolver||"Messages"||Libertad (iTunes release)||2007|
|Walker, ScottScott Walker||"Jesse"||The Drift||2006||Presents the attack on the Twin Towers as a nightmare had by Elvis Presley and described to his own stillborn twin, Jesse Garon Presley.|
|Warshaw, JackJack Warshaw||"United 93"||Good Road||2011||Lyrics include "United 93, remember their names
Come tell of the time on that great silver plane The bravest band of travellers that ever flew the sky Said "We’re bound to fight ‘cause we know we’re bound to die." 
|The Weepies||"Safe as Houses"|
|Within Temptation||"Stand My Ground"||The Silent Force and also as additional tracks on some releases of the The Heart of Everything||2004|
|Worley, DarrylDarryl Worley||"Have You Forgotten?"||Have You Forgotten?||2003||The 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."|
|Wu-Tang Clan||"Rules"||Iron Flag||2001|||
|Yellowcard||"Believe"||Ocean Avenue||2003||The song is about rescue workers, and integrates news reports.|
|Young, NeilNeil Young||"Let's Roll"||Are You Passionate?||2001 - 2002 (album dates)|
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