"Death to My Hometown"
Wrecking Ball, 2012
"It sounds like an Irish rebel song, but it's all about what happened four years ago," Springsteen said to Jon Stewart in 2012 about the fiery third single from Wrecking Ball, a devastating indictment of a society that no longer cares about the working class. Springsteen sings some of his angriest lyrics ever over a Celtic-rock stomp, indicting "the greedy thieves who came around/And ate the flesh of everything they found." The musical adventurousness fit a theme he wanted to run through Wrecking Ball. "I used a lot of music from the 1800s and the 1930s to show these things are cyclical," Springsteen explained at the time. "The album is resonant with history."