'40 Hour Week (for a Livin')'
The song is the band's 17th No. 1 hit, and broke country music star Sonny James' streak of most uninterrupted chart-toppers in a row. Alabama wrote the song to give credit to the hard workers of America and the tough jobs they do.
'Where the Stars and the Stripes and the Eagles Fly'
This song was a major crossover hit from country to mainstream and was Tippin's first song to reach the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. The attacks of Sept. 11 propelled Tippin to write this song.
'Letters From Home'
The music video for 'Letters From Home' was filmed at the Army Aviation Support Facility and features actual National Guard soldiers, with Fred Mullins portraying a G.I. who is receiving these letters from home. The daily life of a soldier and the obstacles faced each day away from home was Montgomery's inspiration.
'Have You Forgotten?'
Worley wrote the song after he attended a USO tour in Afghanistan. Worley's motivation for the song was to honor those who died on Sept. 11 and to do his best to give them something. "I didn't really care if I made a bunch of money from it," he said.
'Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)'
Keith originally did not want to record the song and instead only performed it in concert and for the military. It wasn't until he was approached by Gen. James L. Jones, Commandant of the Marine Corps, who told him, "It's your job as an entertainer to lift the morale of the troops" that he recorded the song.
'8th of November'
The song is about the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, which was ambushed by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. The survivor of the song is Niles Harris, a hero of Big & Rich's Big Kenny. Big Kenny received a top hat from Harris years after his Vietnam days and now wears it onstage during live performances.
'Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)'
Jackson immediately wanted to write a song about September 11, but he didn't want it to be jingoistic or vengeful. It took him more than a month to think of the lyrics, which came into his head when he woke up one morning in October. He was afraid to record the song, because he did not want to capitalize on tragedy, but after showing the song to his wife she knew he had something.
'Ragged Old Flag'
This was the first Cash album that was solely written by him, the title track obviously included. 'Ragged Old Flag' is actually a spoken-word tribute to America, with patriotic chords playing in the background. Cash's own patriotism during the Watergate scandal inspired him, making it clear that no matter what his country goes through he will be proud of it.
'American Soldier' was a No. 1 hit on the Billboard country singles chart for four weeks. Keith grew up in a patriotic family and has put on seven USO shows for the troops since the War in Iraq began in 2003. Toby commented on the song saying, "I would have never been able to complete 'American Soldier' if it weren't for the experiences I had."
'God Bless the USA'
The song itself was not written for any war or political event in particular, but it has been massively popularized during wartime. First, during the Gulf War and again after the Sept. 11th attacks and Iraq War. After its original release, the song reached No. 7 on the country chart, and after being re-released in 2001 it reached No. 16. 'God Bless the USA' was influenced by the recession in the early '80s and released during the 1984 presidential race between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale.