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"We Are One" songs from the Obama Inaugural Concert, Washington, DC (1/18/09)

Updated on February 11, 2009

"Pink Houses (Ain't That America)" by John Mellencamp from Obama Inaugural Concert 1/19/09

What songs were sung at the Obama concert?

Here's a complete song list, in order, of ALL the music performed this afternoon (January 18, 2009) at the "We Are One" Inaugural concert celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama and honoring Abraham Lincoln, held at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, and originally broadcast live on the HBO cable television network.  This was a free event, open to the public. 

ATTENTION WRITERS & EDITORS: Each performer's name links to their biographical information.

I watched the concert with my laptop and created this article in real time with the concert as it occured. It began at 2:30PM Eastern Time and ended at 4:27PM ET.


Obama speaks at end of Inaugural Concert, 1/18/08


[Title-Performer-Composer/Original Performers]

"Fanfare For The Common Man" (composed by Aaron Copeland)

"The Star Spangled Banner Banner" (composed by Francis Scott Key)

"The Rising" - Bruce Springsteen (composer & original performer)

"Lean On Me" - Mary J. Blige (Bill Withers, composer & original performer)

"A Change Is Gonna Come" - Bettye LaVette & Jon Bon Jovi (Sam Cooke, composer & original performer)

"Shower The People" - James Taylor (composer & original performer) with John Legend and Jennifer Nettles

"Pink Houses (Ain't That America)" - John Mellencamp (composer & original performer)

Trailer for the Inaugural Concert, includes short blurb from Obama

Obama talks about Inauguration Day

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, USA, site of the Obama Inaugural Concert on 1/18/09

"My Country 'Tis Of Thee" - Marian Anderson (via 1939 archival videotape), then with Josh Groban and Heather Headley (lyrics composed by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831, music derived from "God Save The Queen", the British National Anthem)

"One Love" - Will.I.Am, Sheryl Crow and Herbie Hancock (Bob Marley, composer & original performer)

"You'll Never Walk Alone" - Renee Fleming (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, composers & lyricists, from their 1945 Broadway musical "Carousel")

"American Pie" - Garth Brooks (Don McLean, original composer & performer)

"Shout" - Garth Brooks (The Isley Brothers, composers & original performers)

"We Shall Be Free" - Garth Brooks (composer & original performer)

"Higher Ground" - Stevie Wonder (composer & original performer), with Usher and Shakira

"Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - U2 (Bono, The Edge & U2, original writers & performers)

"City Of Blinding Lights" - U2 (Bono, The Edge & U2, original writers & performers)

"This Land Is Your Land" - Pete Seeger (original writer & performer) with Bruce Springsteen

"America" - Beyonce Knowles (music composed by Samuel A. Ward as the hymn "Materna" in 1882, lyrics composed by Katharine Lee Bates in 1904)

The entire concert will be broadcast again in its entirety by HBO at 7PM this evening (1/18/09).

If you found this list useful, please leave a comment, or email me here: . Thanks! Tom Zarecki



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      Tom Zarecki 9 years ago from Danbury, CT USA

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      hsofyan 9 years ago from Indonesia

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