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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"If I Should Fall Behind"

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Lucky Town, 1992

As hushed and solemn as a hymn, Springsteen's ballad from Lucky Town was a tender letter of devotion to wife Scialfa, as they navigated a new life (the couple had their first child in 1990 and were married in 1991). "You and I know what this world can do/So let's make our steps clear that the other may see," he sang. As Springsteen told a 1992 crowd in California, "This is my best song about making even small connections." To achieve that intimate feel, Springsteen played every instrument himself on the track save for the drums, which fell to ex-Steve Miller Band member Gary Mallaber.

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