Katrina 10: Songs for New Orleans

This week is the 10th anniversary of Katrina and the levee failure that flooded New Orleans. From the earliest moments of Katrina and the levee failure in New Orleans until today, musicians have been a huge part of the response.

One of the ways they did this was through song. To show the depth and breadth of this creative response, here is a list of songs written about or in response to the devastating events following Hurricane Katrina (songs are listed in no particular order):

  1. Louisiana Land” by OK Go
  2. Mr. Go” by Bonerama
  3. Midnight in the City of Destruction” by Tom Morello & The Nightwatchman
  4. NOLA” by Mirah
  5. Help Is On The Way” by Rise Against
  6. Crescent” by The Wrens
  7. “Lower 9th Ward Blues” by Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson

  8. “Flood” by Luke Reynolds
  9. “Move Around” by B.G.

  10. “Where Were You” by Jackson Browne
  11. “Flowers (this too will pass)” by The Dream Fighters
  12. “Crescent City Snow” by Susan Cowsill
  13. “Get U Down” by Warren G featuring Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and B-Real
  14. “In The Night (I Can See)” by Gregg Cobarr
  15. “The Katrina Song” by Subject to Change
  16. “Mad Beaver Stump Grinding” by Amanda Lynn
  17. “All Hands Together” by Mika Nakashima
  18. “Home” and “The Avenue” by Cowboy Mouth
  19. “S.S.T.” and “Brand New Orleans” by Prince
  20. “Cry Out To Jesus” by Third Day
  21. “Love is Free” by Sheryl Crow
  22. “I Hope” by the Dixie Chicks
  23. “Rockin Ralph’s Roadhouse” by the Squeezebox Stompers
  24. “Help for Heros” by Xfactor
  25. “Any Other Day” by Norah Jones and Wyclef Jean
  26. “Washed Away” by Kokomo Joe
  27. “Shelter In The Rain” by Stevie Wonder
  28. “Hold Out A Hand” by Edwin McCain
  29. “From The Bottom of My Heart” by Michael Jackson and All Stars
  30. “Get Your Hustle On” by Juvenile
  31. “Black Rain” by Ben Harper
  32. “Resilient” by Teena Marie and Alia Rose
  33. “Mother Nature” by Papoose & Razah
  34. “Slabbed” by Jeffery Williams
  35. “Pontchartrain” by Vienna Teng
  36. “The Saints Are Coming” by Green Day & U2
  37. “In the Sun” by Michael Stipe & Chris Martin
  38. “Louisiana” by Hank Waite
  39. “Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On” by Jimmy Buffett
  40. “The Little Things Give You Away” by Linkin Park
  41. “Home Sweet Home” by Mötley Crüe featuring Chester Bennington
  42. “Still New Orleans” by Bastian Foerstner
  43. “Beneath The Tides” and “On March The Saints” by Down
  44. “From the Eye of the Storm” by Ayatey Shabazz
  45. “O Katrina!” by The Black Lips
  46. “The Flood” by Eilen Jewell
  47. “Knockin on My Trailer Door” by Weathered
  48. “Gov Did Nothin'” by John Butler Trio
  49. “Magnolia Soul” by Ozomatli
  50. “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” by The Legendary K.O.
  51. “Wide Awake” by Audioslave
  52. “The Long Black Line” by Spencer Bohren
  53. “The Big Easy Ain’t Easy No More” by Mark Hummel
  54. “Hell No, We Ain’t Alright” by Public Enemy
  55. “Hurricane Song” by Allen Watty
  56. “Minority Report” by Jay-Z
  57. “Georgia… Bush” by Lil Wayne
  58. Dry Drunk Emperor” by TV on the Radio
  59. “Dollar Day” by Mos Def
  60. “Cry For Us” by Big Sty
  61. “Day No One Needed to Know” by Moneen
  62. “New Orleans” by David Rovics
  63. “R.I.P New Orleans” by Meriwether
  64. “Katrina” by Anders Osbourne
  65. “Madman’s Dream” by Assemblage 23
  66. “That’s Life” by Killer Mike
  67. “Voodoo Mouth” by Alamantra
  68. “Hurricane Katrina (The Ghosts of New Orleans)” by Frances Donnelly
  69. “Rain” by Institution
  70. “All These People” by Harry Connick, Jr.
  71. “Washed Away ” by Kokomo Joe
  72. “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?” by Bruce Springsteen
  73. “Where Were You?” by Jackson Browne
  74. Tie My Hands” by Lil Wayne
  75. “Flooded” by Behind Enemy Lines
  76. “Houston” by R.E.M.
  77. “Red Letter Year” by Ani Difranco
  78. “Louisiana Sky” by The John Popper Project

Although this list is long, there are inevitably many songs missing. Email us if you know of any others to include. And click here for more on how to mark the 10th anniversary of Katrina and the levee failure that flooded New Orleans. Or here for the Katrina 10 Fund, proceeds benefit RPM’s partners like Gulf Restoration Network & St. Bernard Project, as well as others.