New York radio station asks listeners to create 9/11 anniversary playlist

Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen among top ten choices

WNYC, the public radio network for New York, has asked its listeners to choose which songs they would like to hear on the ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Among the top ten tracks are New York inspired songs from Frank Sinatra, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen. The head of WNYC station, Chris Bannon, said:

Given how significant September 11 is, we knew our listeners would respond but we’ve been amazed at the depth of thought that is going into this.

As reported in today’s Guardian, the programme director said the audience wasn’t just picking “overly jingoistic, clichéd patriotism”.

The top ten, so far, is a mixture of classical music and pop. The classical tunes include ‘Adagio For Strings’ and ‘German Requiem’, as well as the patriotic American anthem ‘America The Beautiful’.

The Top Ten as it stands is:

Samuel Barber – ‘Adagio for Strings’
Ralph Vaughan Williams – ‘The Lark Ascending’
Bruce Springsteen – ‘The Rising’
Aaron Copland – ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’
Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A Ward – ‘America the Beautiful’
Leonard Bernstein – ‘On the Town’
George Gershwin – ‘Rhapsody in Blue’
Frank Sinatra – ‘New York, New York’
Alicia Keys and Jay-Z – ‘Empire State of Mind’
Brahms – ‘German Requiem’

We’ve put together the top ten choices in a playlist, which you can listen to on Spotify.