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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"Bobby Jean"

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Born in the U.S.A., 1984

"If you got a good friend out here . . . that means something to you, this is for you, 'cause there ain't nothing like it," Springsteen said, introducing this song in 1984. This Born in the U.S.A. rocker was widely seen as his farewell to Van Zandt, who left the band just before the album's release (but returned about 15 years later). The song's aching nostalgia is summed up in one of Clemons' most evocative sax solos.

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