"Land of Hope and Dreams"
Wrecking Ball, 2012
When Springsteen reunited with the E Street Band in 1999, he was determined to make the shows something more than exercises in nostalgia. The first public concert wrapped with this new song, a gospel-tinged number about a train that carries saints, sinners, whores and gamblers. After being an essential highlight of almost every Springsteen show over the previous 14 years, it finally saw an official release on 2012's Wrecking Ball. "That song was a wonderful reintroduction of what has become a very different E Street Band," says Van Zandt. "We just opened with it the other night, and the whole fucking stadium took off."