The Rising, 2002
With this driving E Street showcase, Springsteen found a way to combine his more personal Nineties songwriting with a broader outlook (and to replace his overused synths with violin). "The first verse, it feels like it's a guy who's talking to his girl," he said. "The second verse . . . I switched out of this personal thing to this sort of overall emotional mood and the feelings that were in the air in the States. But . . . one thing works with the other."