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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"Meeting Across the River"

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Born to Run, 1975

Springsteen dashed off "Meeting Across the River" in "about an hour." But he wasn't that fond of it. His then-manager Mike Appel claims he had to lobby to get the song on Born to Run. "That's a great song," he told Springsteen. "Reminds me of Naked City." Roy Bittan's somber late-night piano figure and Randy Brecker's noir trumpet back a short, open-ended tale about small-time hoods going across the Hudson to do a deal. "That two grand's practically sitting here in my pocket," Springsteen sings, though you get the sense that's not how the night will end. The suggestive track even birthed a 2005 short-story collection in which various authors took inspiration from Springsteen's shadowy tale.

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