The thing about music that strikes me the most is that it can immediately take you back in time to a single moment.  When people talk about the “soundtracks of their lives,” they ain’t jokin’.  Sometimes you hear a song, and it becomes forever linked to a moment of pride, sadness, anger, desperation or happiness in your life.  For no event is this more true than 9/11.  With Sunday being the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, these songs keep popping up in our heads.

Which songs affected you the most? 

Take a look at our top 12 Sept. 11-related songs (in random order).  Some were new, others were old and became important all over again the wake of the attacks.  Below, vote for the one that touched your life the most, the one that most takes you back to tragic time, the one that reminds you of what it means to be an American in a new age of terrorism.

As a small tribute to those who unwillingly gave their lives in the 9/11 attacks – and those who willingly laid down their lives for freedom in the war that followed – we’re revisiting the songs that shaped our nation in the weeks after Sept. 11.  On Friday, Sept. 9, we’ll tally up the votes and pay tribute to America’s fallen in a morning-long countdown of the top 5 most important 9/11 songs during The Breakfast Bunch between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. 

Voting closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8!

Haven't heard them in awhile? Check out videos for each nominee below.

  • "American Soldier"

    Toby Keith
  • "Arlington"

    Trace Adkins
  • "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)"

    Toby Keith
  • "God Bless the U.S.A."

    Lee Greenwood
  • "Have You Forgotten?"

    Darryl Worley
  • "In America"

    Charlie Daniels Band
  • "Only In America"

    Brooks & Dunn
  • "Some Gave All"

    Billy Ray Cyrus
  • "This Ain't No Rag, It's A Flag"

    Charlie Daniels Band
  • "Welcome to Hell"

    Trace Adkins
  • "Where The Stars and Stripes and Eagles Fly"

    Aaron Tippin
  • "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)"

    Alan Jackson