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"


"Glory Days"

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Born in the U.S.A., 1984

Originally, "Glory Days" had a downcast verse about Springsteen's dad, who "ain't never had glory days" – but Bruce removed it, preserving the song's light tone of wry nostalgia. "Occasionally, you need some comic relief," said Van Zandt, who improvised the climactic mandolin solo into his vocal mic. "I wanted to get a merry-go-round organ sound, like a roller rink," Springsteen said. "That's a happy sound."

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