The Late Movies: Songs Inspired by 9/11

Erica Palan

Eleven years ago today, America was attacked by terrorists. Artists around the world channeled their feelings about the tragedy into songs. Here are seven pieces of music inspired by the 9/11 attacks. There are many more. If we missed one you're fond of, please tell us in the comments.

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)

Written by Alan Jackson, this song was first performed at the Country Music Association's annual awards show two months after the attacks.

The Rising

The title track off Bruce Springsteen's 2002 album, "The Rising" tells the story of a New York City Fire Department firefighter.

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue

This song was written about the death of Toby Keith's father and inspired by the 9/11 attacks.


Paul McCartney witnessed the destruction while sitting in a plane, which was parked on the tarmac at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. He wrote this song the next day.


Slayer's guitarist Jeff Hanneman wrote this song from the imagined viewpoint of a terrorist who has participated in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Far Away

This Sleater Kinney song criticizes George W. Bush's actions during the September 11th attacks.

Have You Forgotten?

Country singer Darryl Worley performed for United States soldiers in Afghanistan and Kuwait in December 2002. When he returned, he teamed up with Nashville songwriter Wynn Varble to write this song.