9/11: Songs of Remembrance & Tribute For Patriot’s Day

crying-eagle-flagSeptember 11, 2001 was a day that we stopped doing whatever it was that we were doing at the time we first became aware of what was taking place in New York City. If we had access to a television,  it was tuned in to the live coverage of the darkest day in modern US history. We watched in astonishment and disbelief  as the events were unfolding and being reported live on the scene – like something out of a scripted Hollywood movie with all the special effects. But it was real – very real! It was as if time stood still. We experienced several different emotions over the course of the day as well as days following. It shook us to the core with raw emotion – from initial shock to disbelief  to worry to fear to sadness to anger. We witnessed  first responders arriving on the scene and immediately start in on rescuing people while trying to organize efforts as what to do next.911FDNYflagraise

A spectrum of emotions

The songs listed below have come from a variety of different perspectives….. reflecting the scope of Americans’ reactions to that day as well as the internal turmoil that many feel. There is a range from sadness to anger to American Pride. Many of these were written long before 2001 but the message or sentiment conveyed within the song fits here also.

  1. 8th of November – Big & Rich
  2. America – Neil Diamond
  3. America – Simon & Garfunkel
  4. America Is My Home – James Brown
  5. America We Stand As One – Dennis Madalone
  6. America Will Always Stand – Randy Travis
  7. America Will Survive – Hank Williams Jr.
  8. American Child – Phil Vassar
  9. American Soldier – Toby Keith
  10. American Trilogy – Elvis Presley/Mickey Newberry
  11. American Tune – Paul Simon
  12. Arlington – Trace Adkins
  13. Ashes To Ashes – Steve Earle
  14. Ballad of Ira Hayes – Johnny Cash
  15. Ballad of The Green Beret – SSgt. Barry Sadler
  16. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan/Peter, Paul & Mary
  17. Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) – Toby Keith
  18. Days of America – Blackhawk
  19. Don’t Mess With America – Cledus T. Judd
  20. Everyday Angels – Radney Foster
  21. Fightin’ Side Of Me – Merle Haggard
  22. Fireworks – Roxette
  23. Freedom – Paul McCartney
  24. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
  25. God, Country & Family – Craig Morgan
  26. Hands That Built America – U2
  27. Have You Forgotten – Darryl Worley
  28. Hello God – Dolly Parton
  29. Here Comes The Freedom Train – Merle Haggard
  30. Homeland – Kenny Rogers
  31. I Am Mine – Pearl Jam
  32. If I Had A Hammer – Trini Lopez/Peter Paul & Mary
  33. If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
  34. The Immigrant – Neil Sedaka
  35. In America – Charlie Daniels Band
  36. Last Band of Brothers – Keni Thomas
  37. Last Fallen Angel – Charlie Daniels
  38. Let’s Roll – Neil Young
  39. Let’s Roll America – Bellamy Brothers
  40. Letter From America – The Proclaimers
  41. Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
  42. Living In The Promised Land – Willie Nelson
  43. More Beautiful – Mark McGuinn
  44. Oh Freedom – Pete Seeger
  45. Only In America – Brooks & Dunn
  46. Only In America – Jay & The Americans
  47. Our Country – John Mellencamp
  48. Overcome – Live
  49. Point of Light – Randy Travis
  50. Promised Land – Elvis Presley
  51. Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash
  52. Red, White & Blue – Brian McKnight
  53. Red, White & Blue – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  54. Riding With Private Malone – David Ball
  55. The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
  56. Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
  57. Song Of The Patriot – Johnny Cash
  58. This Ain’t No Rag (It’s A Flag) – Charlie Daniels Band
  59. This Is My Country – The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield)
  60. This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie/Peter, Paul & Mary/The Kingston Trio
  61. Travelin’ Soldier –  Dixie Chicks
  62. United We Stand – The Brotherhood of Man
  63. We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks
  64. What Made America Famous – Harry Chapin
  65. Where Eagles Fly – Sammy Hagar
  66. Where The Stars & Stripes & The Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin
  67. Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning – Alan Jackson
  68. You’ve Got To Stand For Something – Aaron Tippin
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Highly recommended tribute links to September 11, 2001:



5 Responses

  1. Hello,

    My name is Jo Ann Biviano. I am a singer/songwriter/pianist, and have written a song about 9/11, entitled “I’ll Always Remember”. It is a song of reflection and hope, and the dichotomy of that day…..and how we all came together in such a unique way. My goal is to have this song heard all over the world by 9/11/11.

    I would be honored if you would put this song on your “9/11 Songs of Remembrance…”list. I believe it would be soothing and relevant to your listeners. I would be happy to send you a cd. You can view the song on utube

    I hope you enjoy it and hope to hear from you soon.

    I wish you peace.

    Jo Ann Biviano

    • I don’t know if you will get this BUT I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your song AND vocal. Check out my new song called “LETTERS FROM AFGANISTAN”..

      I’m up at barrydbutler channel on youtube.
      Barry David Butler

  2. Please consider adding my 911 Tribute Song found on YouTube “Torch’s 911 Tribute September Skies”

    Thank You,

    Torch Davis

  3. A sneak preview of our song ‘War On Humanity’.

    “The victims of 9/11 deserve acknowledgement and will not be forgotten. May this song be a tribute to them. We will never forget.”

  4. A sneak preview of our song ‘War On Humanity’.

    “The victims of 9/11 deserve acknowledgement and will not be forgotten. May this song be a tribute to them. We will never forget.”

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