100 Greatest Bruce Springsteen Songs of All Time

An expert panel of writers and artists pick Springsteen's best songs, from "Rosalita" to "Wrecking Ball"

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"Blinded by the Light"

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Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., 1973

Springsteen wrote this in hopes of meeting his label's desire for a hit – and in fact Manfred Mann took it to Number One three years later. Springsteen has described the track – written with "a rhyming dictionary in one hand and a notebook in the other" – as a sort of coded autobiography: "I wanted to get blinded by the light, I wanted to do things I hadn't done, see things I hadn't seen."

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