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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"Out in the Street"

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The River, 1980

"Out in the Street" turns the one-take bar-band feel Springsteen wanted for The River into what might be his most unencumbered declaration of freedom through community. Van Zandt, who became a co-producer on the album, shares euphoric vocals, and Max Weinberg's clarion song-opening shot more than meets Springsteen's demand: "I wanted the snare drum to explode."

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