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"


"Lonesome Day"


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."

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