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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"Devils & Dust"

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Devils & Dust, 2005

Much of Devils & Dust was written during the Tom Joad tour, but the title track was inspired by the Iraq War. "It is basically a song about a soldier's point of view," Springsteen said. "But it kind of opens up to a lot of other interpretations." It was attempted as an angry rocker and a ballad, before Brendan O'Brien found a middle ground. Said Springsteen, "It picks up a little instrumental beef as it goes."

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