Alan Jackson wrote 'Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)' in late October of 2001. By New Years 2002, it was a No. 1 hit. The song moved faster than his label could meet demand, landing on the Billboard charts based on unsolicited airplay from country and pop stations. At the time, it was the fastest-rising country single in years -- with good reason. 

The legend wrote the humble song we needed to hear after 9/11. He calmed us down after the terrorist attacks and caused us to refocus on family, love and the gifts we still needed to appreciate each day. Perhaps all that keeps Jackson from cracking the Top 10 on this list of the Top 100 Country Songs is that the next generation won't understand his sentiment as completely as the current country music fan.

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Listen to 'Where Were You When the World Stops Turning' by Alan Jackson