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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"My Hometown"

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Born in the U.S.A., 1984

"I used to think that once I got out of town, I was never going to come back," Springsteen said of his native Freehold, New Jersey, where he grew up. "I realized I would always carry a part of that town with me no matter where I went or what I did." Springsteen was living in California when he wrote "My Hometown," a scathing indictment of post-industrial America. Originally titled "Your Hometown," it was demo'ed as a speedy rockabilly tune.

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