"American Skin (41 Shots)" (2001) - Bruce Springsteen
The Boss took some serious heat from longtime fans when he debuted this scathing song about the tragic 1999 police shooting death of Amadou Diallo. But it was during Bruce Springsteen's 10-night show run at Madison Square Garden in 2000 that the controversy over "American Skin (41 Shots)" truly bubbled over. The iconic singer-songwriter drew supportive applause for his protest record about the murder of an unarmed Bronx, New York immigrant. But Springsteen also drew visible criticism from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association who called for a boycott of the gigs as many concert goers booed the New Jersey-born rocker. Bruce, like a G, played on.
Lyrics To Fight For: "41 shots, Lena gets her son ready for school/She says, 'On these streets, Charles, you've got to understand the rules/If an officer stops you, promise me you'll always be polite/And that you'll never ever run away/Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight.'"